Shasta Gaughen - Adjunct Professor

Shasta Gaughen

SBSB 2-232

Shasta Gaughen is a cultural anthropologist with research interests in California Indians, Native America, tribal gaming, identity, and political economy. Along with working as an adjunct professor in the anthropology department at Cal State San Marcos, she also serves as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pala Band of Mission Indians (, and is acting director of the tribe's Cupa Cultural Center. Shasta is focusing her dissertation research on the impact that tribal gaming is having on cultural identity and political relationships at Pala. She is due to finish her PhD, from the University of New Mexico (, in 2009. Shasta has an active research agenda at Pala and is frequently called on to give lectures and presentations to school and community groups about her work. In her free time, Shasta is an active amateur triathlete, competing in several races every year.