Dr. Stearman is a professor of anthropology who specializes in cultural anthropology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1976. Her research focuses on cultures of Latin America, with particular interest in cultural ecology, native Amazonians, problems of developing nations, and women in agriculture. She conducts her fieldwork in Bolivia. She started at UCF in 1976 and taught Cultural Anthropology, Peoples of the World, Peoples and Cultures of Latin America, and Native Peoples of Amazonia. Among her publications are two books titled No Longer Nomads: The Siriono Revisited, and Yuqui: Forest Nomads in a Changing World. She retired in May 2008.