David K. Jordan, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0532
La Jolla, California 92093-0532
David K. Jordan joined the University of California, San Diego in 1969 as a faculty in the Department of Anthropology. In 1994, Jordan started his service as provost of Earl Warren College, one of six undergraduate colleges at UCSD, which continued until 2004. Since 2004 he has retired from the university though he actively continues to teach in "Making of the Modern World" as well as other departmental classes.
Jordan recieved his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. His interests focus on the cultural and psychological anthropology, sociolinguistics, and the cross-cultural study of religion. Jordan's primary regional focus is Chinese society but more specifically Taiwan while his secondary regional interest is pre-Columbian Mexico. Having published on language, social structure, folk religion, and sectarianism in Taiwan and China, Jordan has also written in and about Esperanto and the social movements associated with it and the associated area of interlinguistics.
His recent courses have concerned Taiwan, China and pre-Columbian Mexico, as well as the ethnography of Christianity. He has also taught the first quarter of Eleanor Roosevelt College's core sequence, "Making of the Modern World" ("MMW") in most years since the college was founded. (See his own web page for details.)