John G. Douglass, Ph.D., RPA
John Douglass has been with Statistical Research, Inc. (SRI) since 2001 in various capacities. He became a Principal Investigator with the company in 2004 and, since 2013, has served as the Director of Research and Standards for the entire firm. Dr. Douglass received his A.B. in Anthropology from Kenyon College (Phi Beta Kappa, High Honors in Anthropology) and both his Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Registered Professional Archaeologist.
Dr. Douglass has worked on numerous archaeological projects since 1990 across North America – focusing on the mid-west, American Southwest, and California – and the countries of Honduras and Belize, and he has also conducted research in Guatemala. Through these experiences, he has gained a strong appreciation for indigenous and local knowledge and a drive to work closely with these communities; he has worked successfully with a number of indigenous and local communities in both North and Central America. Prior to joining SRI, Dr. Douglass held faculty positions at the University of California, Riverside and Pomona College and has served on numerous thesis and doctoral committees. During much of his time at SRI, Dr. Douglass has continued academic affiliations with the University of California, Riverside as a research anthropologist and, more recently, in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona as a visiting scholar.
At SRI, Dr. Douglass works closely with a large number of state, federal, and private clients to satisfactorily comply with regulations such as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the California Environmental Quality Act. He has directed the entire range of archaeological and ethnohistoric research projects from quick and nimble projects on short-notice to large and complex, decades-long projects. Dr. Douglass is a Principal Investigator for the Playa Vista Archaeological and Historical Project, the largest and most long-lived project in the company, and is co-editor of that project’s five volume, peer-reviewed final reports. These experiences have led Dr. Douglass to gain a significant amount of knowledge related to not only the regulatory framework cultural resource management projects work under, but also how to work through these regulations to a successful outcome for clients where they are permitted to proceed with their undertakings.
Dr. Douglass works closely with SRI project principals and supervisory field staff across the entire company to ensure that projects not only meet the minimal standards set forth for the project by regulatory authorities, but also meet SRI’s high standards of care. Dr. Douglass has been the Quality Assurance Officer for a number of large scale, multi-year contracts with clients such as Naval Engineering Facilities Command (NAVFAC) Southwest, the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and Fort Bliss.
Over the past three decades, Dr. Douglass has become a recognized expert in the fields of household archaeology and colonial studies. He is the author or co-editor of four books on household archaeology (Hinterland Households, 2002; Ancient Households of the Americas, 2012) and colonial/indigenous interaction and community creation (New Mexico and the Pimeria Alta, 2017; The Forging of Communities in Colonial Alta California, 2018) and has also published his findings, along with his collaborators, in numerous professional, peer-reviewed book chapters, academic blogs, and journals such as American Antiquity, the Journal of Wetlands Archaeology, and the Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly. His co-edited volume New Mexico and the Pimeria Alta won the Arizona Literary Award (2017) and was a finalist for the New Mexico/Arizona Book Award.
In addition to his work at SRI and his contributions to academic programs, he also is committed to service to the professional community. He has been elected, or appointed, to the board of directors of numerous regional, national, or international organizations, including: the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (of which he also has served as President); Leaders in Energy and Preservation; the Register of Professional Archaeologists; the Society for American Archaeology; and Xela AID (a non-profit aid organization based in Guatemala). He has also served on a variety of committees and task forces for these organizations.