Gaea McGahee lives north of Questa, New Mexico where she spends time in her kitchen exploring ferments, sourdoughs, and the anthropology of these food traditions. She’s a lover of deserts and open spaces, as well as homemaking and expansive travel. She’s ventured from her home state of New Mexico to travel in South and Central America, the Philippines, Germany, and Turkey, and worked as an archaeologist on an excavation in Abydos, Egypt for four seasons.

She’s an adjunct anthropology professor and has taught for Doña Ana Community College (in southern NM) since 2003. She adapted her courses to an online learning platform in 2008, staying connected to her students when working from northern NM and when abroad. Recently, she co-created courses with a history professor at UNM-Taos, drawing on anthropology’s interdisciplinary strengths, to address climate change and adaptation in past societies, and to explore current adaptive strategies.

She brings her perspective – rooted in anthropology and informed by life in New Mexico and travel elsewhere – and her desire to serve this community to many collaborative events and projects held at OCHO.