Rhianna Rogers

Associate Professor
School for Undergraduate Studies
  • Academic School:
    Arts and Humanities
  • Academic Department:
    Historical Studies
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    • B.A. in Social Sciences from Florida Atlantic University
    • M.A. in History from Florida Atlantic University
    • Ph.D. in Comparative Studies from Florida Atlantic University
    • James William and Mary Elizabeth Hall Award for Innovation, 2015
    • Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE): Online Effective Practice Community Award, 2015
    • SUNY Tools of Effective Engagement (TOEP): Best Peer Mentoring and Support Award, 2015-2016
    Subjects of Interest
    • Anthropology
    • Cultural Studies
    • Historical Studies
    • Interdisciplinary Multidisciplinary Studies
    • Social Science
    Professional Responsibilities / Bio

    Dr. Rhianna C. Rogers is an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies (History and Anthropology) at SUNY Empire State College. She holds multiple appointments, including undergraduate roles in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the School of Arts & Humanities, the School for Graduate Studies, and International Education. Rogers has won multiple awards for her innovative approach to teaching and learning, including, most recently, the 2019-2020 SUNY Empire Provost Innovation Award, the 2018-2019 Explorations in Diversity & Academic Excellence Award (EDAE), and the 2017-2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

    Rogers received a certificate in Ethnic Studies, a B.A. in Social Sciences (Anthropology Major and History Minor), an M.A. in History, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies (Anthropology, History, and Linguistics Concentrations) from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

    She is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) with over a decade of field and museum experience. She has worked in both academic and tribal archaeology as well as historic preservation and museum studies. Rogers’ interests have taken her to various geographic locations to conduct research and teaching, including the South and the Northeastern United States, the Dominican Republic, Cyprus, Lebanon, Mexico, Ecuador, Spain, and Puerto Rico.

    Rogers is currently the inaugural Rockefeller Institute of Government-Ernest Boyer Presidential Fellow in the Center for Law and Policy Solutions (2019-present). Prior to this appointment, she was the inaugural coordinator of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies for the college (2017-2019) as well as the Convener for Interdisciplinary Studies (2014-2017).

    Rogers has been a part of a variety of SUNY-wide initiatives related to her expertise in OER development and implementation, including consulting on multiple IITG grants, Lumina/PLA grants, participating as a COIL Instructor, as well as offering collegial support as a COTE and TOEP fellow in OER academic innovation.

    Rogers actively works with students in a variety of research and club activities, including (AY 2011-2013 & AY 2020 - present) being the founding Faculty Advisor for the NFC Student Club- CARES (College Achievement Requires Engaged Students) and the founding advisor for the ESC Graduate Student Collaborative (AY 2014-2019). Rogers also works with Rockefeller interns, students, alumni, and colleagues across NY state as the principal investigator for the Buffalo Project (2010-present), a longitudinal participatory action research project focused on the use of cultural data as the baseline for programmatic development and implementation.

    • Rhianna C. Rogers and Menoukha Case, “Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Influence on the US Constitution, 1789,” in 50 Events that Shaped American Indian History, Greenwood Publishers, Dec. 2016.
    • Rhianna C. Rogers, “The Seminole Wars,” in 50 Events that Shaped American Indian History, Greenwood Publishers, Dec. 2016.
    • Rhianna C. Rogers, From Ichcanzihoo to Mérida:Documenting Cultural Transition Through Contact Archaeology in Tihoo, Mérida, Yucatan. Oxford: ArchaeoPress/British Archaeological Reports, 2011.
    • Dr. Rhianna C. Rogers, “Okay, so how do I really study ceramics? Understanding the Praxis of Archaeological Ceramic Research” in Research Realities in the Social Sciences. New York: Cambria Press, 2010.
    • Rogers, R. C., Woznick, A. M., & Center, N. F. (2015). How to cultivate “cultural openness” among adult learners: Practical examples from the Buffalo Project. All About Mentoring, 46, 49-54.