Behavioral Sciences | Faculty Profiles : Richard Bordner

Richard Bordner, Ph.D.

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Anthropology, Behavioral Science

Richard Bordner, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, teaches cultural anthropology, archaeology and geography and is a program advisor for Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology, Geography, Cultural Diversity, Hawaiian Studies and Pacific Island Studies.

He has also been the Principal Investigator for the Summer Archaeology Field School since the mid-1980's at various locations in Hawai`i, mainly on the islands of Maui and Hawai`i. By training he is an archaeologist and cultural geographer, with major interests in ritual, symbolism and the perceptual landscape over time. Major regional interests have been Polynesia (specifically Hawai`i), Melanesia (specifically New Caledonia) and more recently, East Asia. His background as a CRM archaeologist since the mid-1970's has provided a wide range of experience both in archaeology and also in cultural preservation, including a period of time at the Historic Hawai`i Foundation. He has edited the Thrum’s Annuals from 1875-1933 and J. Reinecke’s Archaeology of West Hawaii 1930 (both available in Kindle format from Amazon, or by pdf at )

Dr Bordner is a partner in the Shaanxi Provincial Historic Preservation GIS Development Project, in Shaanxi, China, under control of Vice-Director/Professor Weilin Wang of the Shaanxi Archaeology Institute (the Provincial Historic Preservation Division). This is a complex multi-partner consortium initially developing an integrated GIS database of archaeological and historical resources in Shaanxi Province for the Provincial Government. This GIS database will provide a management tool for all archaeological and historical resources in the province. Given the tremendous wealth of resources in Shaanxi province, the center of the Chinese state for over 1000 years (as Xianyang, then Chang'an and later Xi`an) and some of the most famous burial tumuli in the world, the need for a tool to assist government agencies in protecting the heritage of the Chinese people is critical. This project is the first step in the design and development of the GIS system. The consortium members include: Shaanxi Provincial Archaeology Institute (the lead partner); Northwest University; Chaminade University; and Arizona State's GAIA Department (who will design and develop the actual GIS system). We currently estimate that the first phase of the project, which began in 2006, will be completed in 2011.


B.A., University of Oregon
M.A., Ph.D., University of Hawaii


  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Cultural Geography
  • Hawaiian Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Geography