Professor Emerita of Anthropology
Lucille “Lucy” Johnson came to Vassar in 1973 after receiving her BS and PhD degrees from Columbia University. In addition to her courses in anthropology, she was a frequent contributor to multidisciplinary programs in Environmental Studies; Latin American Studies; and Science, Technology, and Society. She has focused her career on the biological and archaeological history of humans, particularly the relationship between people and the environment as modified by technology. Her archaeological research has taken her to many parts of the world with particular focus on insular Alaska and the mid-Hudson Valley and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society and Vassar (URSI, Ford and Collins). Vassar students have assisted with most of these excavations. She is editor of the book Paleoshorelines and Prehistory and author of dozens of journal articles, some co-authored with Vassar Students, and book chapters. At Vassar she served on most of the college’s major committees and is now the Curriculum Director of the Lifelong Learning Institute at Vassar. Beyond the campus, she contributes service to environmental nonprofits in the Hudson Valley.