Russell Kent Skowronek
Professor of Anthropology and History
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Office Phone: (956) 665-8085
Cell Phone: (408) 221-6054
Home Phone: (956) 627-2995

Fluency in language(s) other than English

  • Reading and traveler’s ability in Spanish
  • Elementary level in German and French.


  • Pirates and Piracy in the contemporary world and history
  • Shipwrecks, underwater archaeology, and maritime history
  • Spanish colonial borderlands archaeology, ethnohistory, and history- CA, FL, TX, Philippines
  • Ceramic research

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Dr. Russell K. Skowronek earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Michigan State University in 1989. He is Professor of Anthropology and History at The University of Texas-Pan American where he also serves as the founding Director of the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools.

As a research associate of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution he has spent the past three decades studying the Spanish colonial world. Dr. Skowronek has received a number of grants including some from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the author or editor of dozens of articles and reports and several books including "X Marks the Spot, the Archaeology of Piracy" (with Charles Ewen-2006), "HMS Fowey Lost…And Found!" (with George Fischer-2009), "Beneath the Ivory Tower, the Archaeology of Academia" (with Kenneth Lewis-2010) all with the University Press of Florida, and "Situating Mission Santa Clara de Asís:1776-1851, Documentary and Material Evidence of Life on the Alta California Frontier with the Academy of American Franciscan History" (2006).


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