Stephen Clinton Jett, Ph.D.


  • Born 12 October 1938, Cleveland, Ohio, to Richard Scudder Jett (attorney) and Miriam Ida Horn Jett (homemaker and volunteer); United States citizen
  • Married 7 August, 1971 to Mary Frances Manak, divorced 1977; daughter, Jennifer Frances Jett (Mrs. Allan Heider, Jr.), born 8 January 1974
  • Married 17 June 1995 to Lisa Sue Roberts (Jett)


Early schooling:

  • Onaway Elementary School, Shaker Heights, Ohio, 1944–1950 (K–6)
  • Shaker Heights (Woodbury) Junior High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio, 1950–1951 (7)

Preparatory School:

  • The University School, Shaker Heights, Ohio, 1951–1956 (8–12), diploma cum laude, 1956

Undergraduate Education:

  • Princeton University, A.B. cum laude in Geology, 1960

Graduate Education:

  • The Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D. in Geography, 1964


  • Experiment in International Living, France homestay, 1960
  • University of Arizona, special student in Anthropology, 1962–1963


  • The University School: Andrew Meyers II Memorial Scholarship (half, 1951–1952; full, 1952–1956)
  • Princeton University: National Science Foundation grant for field course (1958) and special student research grant for senior-thesis field research (1959)
  • The Johns Hopkins University: full fellowship (tuition plus stipend, 1960–1962); University grant for dissertation field research (1962–-63)


  • Culver Military Academy, Woodcraft Camp
    counselor (lieutenant): nature study, drill (1957)
  • Student ship to Europe
    French for beginners, 1960
  • The Johns Hopkins University, Isaiah Bowman Department of Geography
    “teaching assistant” in Human Geography, 1962
  • The Ohio State University, Department of Geography
    Instructor, 1963–1964
  • University of California, Davis
    Assistant Professor of Geography, 1964–1972
    Associate Professor of Geography, 1972–1979
    Professor of Geography, 1979–2000 (Steps I through V)
    Professor of Textiles and Clothing, 1996–2000 (Step V)
    Professor Emeritus of Geography and of Textiles and Clothing, 2000–present
    Chair, Department of Geography, 1975–1976 (acting), 1978–82, S 1987–Sr 1989
    Member, Graduate Group in Geography, 1994–2001
    Member, Graduate Group in Ecology, 1968–1993
  • Canyonlands Field Institute/College of Eastern Utah
    Field-course Instructor (Navajo Homes and Homelife; On the Rainbow Trail): 1987, 1988, 1990
  • Rocky Mountain Expeditions
    Study-trip Instructor (Canyon de Chelly Study): 1975, 1976, 1977
  • Virginia Intermont College
    Adjunct Faculty member (co-teacher of physical science): 2002
    Adjunct Faculty member (co-teacher of environmental science): 2004, 2005
  • Emory and Henry College
    Adjunct Faculty member (co-teacher of physical geology): 2003
  • Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, College for Older Adults
    instructor: 2004 (France), 2005 (Navajo Indians), 2007 (Provence), 2008 (Columbus Was Last),
    2009 (Tribal and Other Traditional Textiles of the World), 2010 (Introduction to Anthropology),
    2011 (Adventures of a Lifetime), 2012 (Conservation of Resources and Environment),
    2013 (Major Topics in Cultural Geography), 2014 (Pre-Industrial Technologies),
    2015 (Ancient Mariners), 2016 (Just Deserts), 2017 (Early History of Cultivation, Crops, Cuisines),
    2018 (Dipping into Cultural Geography)


  • College-level courses formerly taught regularly;
    Introductory: physical geography, cultural geography, world-regional geography
    Upper-division: cultural geography, cultural ecology, conservation, deserts of California and the Southwest, arid lands
    Graduate: seminar in cultural geography
  • College-level courses taught only once or rarely;
    Introductory: economic geography, introduction to maps, human impacts on the landscape
    Upper-division: South America, California
    Graduate: seminar in regional geography (Southwest), seminar in cultural ecology
    Extension: certain regular courses, plus Ancient Voyages of Discovery


  • See attached list


  • See attached list


  • Cultural and historical geography, especially of native peoples of the American Southwest; cultural landscapes and material culture, especially native architecture and crafts (especially, textiles and dyes; blowgun); Navajo placenames and sacred places
  • Pre-Columbian transoceanic contacts and interinfluences; early watercraft and navigation
  • Scenic resources, preservation, and tourism on the Colorado Plateau
  • Origins and dispersals of domesticates


  • 7 books (including co-authored), 2 monographs, 2 exhibition catalogues, and 143 chapters and articles, plus many other items; see attached list.


  • 1976: “Interwoven Heritage: A Bicentennial Exhibition of Southwestern Indian Basketry and Textile Arts,” Memorial Union Gallery, University of California, Davis
  • 1983: “Pueblo Pottery and Navajo Rugs, Pence Gallery, City of Davis, California
  • 1989: “Bags, Bands, Blankets, and Kilims: Turkic and Iranian Tribal Textiles from the Collection of Stephen C. Jett,” Pence Gallery, City of Davis, CA
  • 2006: “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


  • Elementary School: Vice President, Onaway School (6th grade, 1950)
  • Junior High School: Certificate of Honor for outstanding citizenship, Shaker Heights Junior High School (7th grade, 1951)
  • Preparatory (high) School: Cum Laude Society; History Prize; National Merit Scholarship Corporation Certificate of Merit; 3rd-place tie, Upper School “Best Speller of University School”; 3rd-place tie, All Around Athletic Contest (all, 1956)
  • Boy Scouts of America: Eagle Scout with gold palm, and Order of the Arrow, BSA (1956)
  • Undergraduate: degree awarded cum laude (1960); Elmer Adler Book Collecting Prize (1959); Photography Prize, Princeton University (1st place, 1960; 3rd place, 1959)
  • Book awards: Navajo Wildlands named one of the 50 Books of the Year 1967 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and (in softcover) one of the 20 Merit Award Books of 1969 by the Western Book Publishers Association; Navajo Architecture named one of the Outstanding Academic Books and Nonprint Materials, 1981, by Choice (American Libraries Association), one of 8 books in the category “Anthropology”
  • Article award: “The Rugs of Nero Wolfe et al.” winner of the 2011 The Gazette Writing Contest, The Wolfe Pack, category The World of Nero Wolfe
  • Verse award: “The Lizard” first-place winner of the 2020 Poetry Contest, The Wolfe Pack, The Gazette: The Journal of the Wolfe Pack.
  • General-achievement awards: Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award (2017); The 20th Century Award for Achievement (1998 medalist), International Man of the Year 2000-2001, International Man of the Millennium, etc. (all, International Biographical Centre)
  • Other: Original composition “Homeland: A Chamber Cantata,” based on Navajo Wildlands, composed by James Forte and performed by the Boston Conservatory of Music, 1970; named Fellow of The Explorers Club, 1980; book Nature’s Bridges and Arches, Vol. 12, Central and Western Arizona, by Robert H. Vreeland, dedicated to Jett, 1985; School of American Research Advanced Seminar, October 7-11, 1985; University Forum speaker, Brigham Young University, 1992; Victor Mosley Award, Midwestern Epigraphic Society, 2001; inaugural George F. Carter Distinguished Professor Lecture speaker, Texas A&M University, 2005


  • International Scholar’s Directory
  • The International Who’s Who of Intellectuals
  • International Authors and Writers Who’s Who
  • Dictionary of International Biography
  • Orbis Geographicus
  • American Men and Women of Science
  • Contemporary Authors
  • The Writers Directory
  • Men of Achievement
  • The Directory of Distinguished Americans
  • Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans
  • Notable Americans
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who’s Who in the South and Southwest
  • Who’s Who in the West
  • Who’s Who in American Education
  • Personalities of America
  • Personalities of the West and Midwest
  • Who’s Who in Rock Art
  • 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th Century
  • The Dictionary of Leading Americans
  • International Directory of Distinguished Leadership
  • The Contemporary Who’s Who of Professionals


  • Society for American Archaeology
  • Explorers Club (F ’80)
  • Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society
  • Archaeological Society of New Mexico
  • The Epigraphic Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Early Sites Research Society


  • English: native tongue
  • French: reading, writing, and conversational fluency
  • Spanish: Reading ability, limited writing and conversational ability
  • Latin and other Romance languages and German: limited reading ability and
    aural comprehension
  • Navajo: some vocabulary knowledge for placenames analysis


  • North America: 50 U.S. states, 9 Canadian provinces and 1 territory
  • Europe: 23 countries
  • Africa: Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Asia: Turkey, India (3 states), Nepal, Thailand, China (4 provinces, Hong Kong, Macau), Japan
  • Middle and South America: 12 continental countries, 9 Caribbean islands;  total countries: 56


  • Association of American Geographers
    American Indian (Native American) Specialty Group Board of Directors, 1988–1991, 1993–1995
    Chairman, 1989–1991 Representative to Section H, Anthropology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1993–1996
  • Association of Pacific Coast Geographers
    Annual Meeting Steering Committee member and Program Chairman, 1987
    nominee for Vice President (succeeds to President), 1989
  • National Council for Geographic Education
    Awards Committee, Region I Subcommittee, 1987–1989
  • College of Eastern Utah/White Mesa Institute
    Advisory Council, 1989
  • Early Sites Research Society
    founder and editor of Pre-Columbiana: A Journal of Long-Distance Contacts, 1997–present
  • The Epigraphic Society
    Board of Directors, 1996–present; vice-president, 2005–present
  • Institute for the Study of American Cultures
    Board of Directors, 1996-2003; Executive Committee, 2000-2003
  • Foundation for Research of Ancient Maritime Exploration
    Board of Directors, 2003–2010, Treasurer, 2006–2010
  • Wolf Hills Chapter, Archaeological Society of Virginia
    Board of Directors, Secretary, 2012–2018
  • numerous reviews of manuscripts and grant proposals


  • Environmental conservation, scenic and historic preservation, noise-control (see attached list of service activities)


  • travel, photography, French language and culture (owns houses in Provence),
  • art (especially ethnographic, with a specialty in tribal textiles), architectural
  • history and historic preservation, ornithology, book-collecting, philately