Resumé of Stephen C. Jett, Ph.D.

Abingdon, VA

BORN: 12 October 1938, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.; American citizen

FAMILY: wife Lisa Sue Roberts Jett, Ph.D. (Geography); daughter, Jennifer F. Jett (Mrs. Allan Heider), J.D., and family


  • The Johns Hopkins University: Ph.D. (Geography), 1964
  • University of Arizona: Special Student (Anthropology), 1962-1963
  • Princeton University: A.B., cum laude (Geology), 1960
  • The Experiment in International Living: France, 1960
  • The University School, Shaker Heights, Ohio: diploma cum laude and History Prize, 1956


  • University of California, Davis:
    Professor Emeritus of Geography and of Textiles and Clothing, 2000-present
    Professor of Textiles and Clothing (Step V), 1996-2000
    Professor of Geography (to Step V), 1979-2000
    Associate Professor of Geography, 1972-1979
    Assistant Professor of Geography, 1964-1972
    Chairperson of the Department of Geography, 1978-1982, 1987-1989
    Acting Chairperson of the Department of Geography, 1975-1976
  • The Ohio State University:
    Instructor in Geography, 1963-1964
  • Other Institutions:
    Courses taught or co-taught at: Canyonlands Field Institute/College of Eastern
    Utah, Emory and Henry College, Virginia Intermont College, and The College for
    Older Adults (Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center)


  • University-level teaching capabilities: cultural geography and cultural ecology, world-regional geography, introductory physical geography, introductory physical geology, arid lands, Southwestern U.S.A., American Indians, conservation/environ-mental science
  • Research: culture-historical and historical geography, especially Native peoples of the American Southwest (particularly, the Navajo); pre-Columbian transoceanic influences; ethnographic material culture (especially buildings, textiles and other crafts, and weapons); cultivated plants and subsistence farming; sacred places and placenames; scenic resources and tourism in the U.S. Southwest
  • Service to professional associations and institutions: Association of American Geographers, American Indian Specialty Group, Director (1987-1991), Chairman (1989-1991); Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, Annual Meeting Steering Committee and Program Chairman (1987), candidate for President (1989); National Council for Geographic Education, Region 1 Awards Committee (1986-1989); College of Eastern Utah/White Mesa Institute, Advisory Council (1989); Association of American Geographers representative to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Section H, Anthropology (1993-96); The Epigraphic Society, board (1996- present), vice president (2005-present); Institute for the Study of American Cultures, board (1996-2003); Foundation for Research of Ancient Maritime Exploration, board member, treasurer (2003-2010), founder and editor of Pre-Columbiana: A Journal of Long-Distance Contacts, for Early Sites Research Society (1997-present)


  • life-long involvement in environmental conservation and scenic and historic preservation; noise-control; land-use issues


  • French: reading, writing, and conversational fluency
  • Spanish: reading, limited writing and conversational ability
  • Latin and other Romance languages: limited reading ability
  • German: slight reading ability
  • Navajo: limited use for place-name analysis


  • 7 books (some co-authored), 2 monographs, 2 exhibition catalogues/brochures, and 141 chapters and articles, plus many other items (see separate list)


  • Navajo Wildlands: named one of 50 Books of the Year 1967, American Institute of Graphic Arts (hardcover edition); one of 20 Merit Award Books, 1969, Western Book Publishers Association (softcover edition)
  • Navajo Architecture: named one of the Outstanding Academic Books and Non-Print Materials of 1981, Anthropology, by Choice (American Library Association)
  • Article “The Rugs of Nero Wolf et al.” winner of the 2011 The Gazette Writing Contest, The Wolfe Pack, category The World of Nero Wolf


  • Interwoven Heritage: A Bicentennial Exhibition of Southwestern Indian Basketry and Textile Arts, Memorial Union Gallery, University of California, Davis: 1976
  • Bags, Bands, Blankets, and Kilims: Turkic and Iranian Tribal Textiles from the Collection of Stephen C. Jett, Pence Gallery, City of Davis, CA: 1989
  • Pueblo Pottery and Navajo Rugs, Pence Gallery, City of Davis, California: 1983
  • Woven Jewels from the Black Tents: Baluchi, Aimaq, and Related Tribal Weavings of Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, Georgia Museum of Art, The University of Georgia: 2006


  • Travel, photography, collecting tribal textiles and other ethnic art as well as books, architectural history and historic preservation, French language and culture, philately


Expanded Curriculum Vitae