Jill Pfeiffer has been teaching at Rio Hondo since 2005. She completed master’s degrees in cultural anthropology and psychology from California State University, Los Angeles and has an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her areas of specialization include religion and medical anthropology. She has published articles on shamanism and has been involved with research with a few local medical institutes including AIDS Project Los Angeles in the past. In her spare time, she travels all over the world visiting archaeological sites, temples, and different cultures to spice up her lectures with pictures and stories. The pictures included are of recent trips to Machu Picchu in Peru; Angkor Wat in Cambodia; Besakih Temple in Bali, Indonesia; and The Royal Palace Temple in Bangkok, Thailand.