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Josh Collins

Plains Cultures, Landscape Utilization, Landscapes of Movement, Paleo-to-Archaic Transition, Historic Cellars, Pedestrian to Horse transition in the Protohistoric period.

Justin Garnett
Ph.D. Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant, ANTH 100 Fall 2021 Virtual Zooom Office Hours: Mon. and Wed. from 1:00pm - 2:00pm, or by appt., For Zoom web link, see your Blackboard.

Peopling of the Americas, Paleoindian Archaelogy of the High Plains, Projectile Weapon Technology, Development of Agriculture

Michael Guarino
Doctoral Candidate

Archaeological implications of adapting to rapid climatic shifts. I will be conducting an ethnoarchaeological investigation of how the Deg Hit'an people of west-central Alaska are adapting to modern climate change, and the archaeological implications of such adaptations.

Ph.D. Student, Graduate Research Assistant with Dr. Rolfe Mandel.

Geoarchaeology, GIS, Quaternary Landscape Evolution, CRM, and Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction.

Bethany Potter
Ph.D. Student, Chacellor's Doctoral Fellow, GTA for ANTH 150/309 - Fall 2021 Zoom Office Hours: Wed. & Thurs., 10:30am - 12:00pm or by appointment., For Zoom web link, see your Blackboard.

Lithics, the Paleoindian

Doctoral Candidate

Geoarchaeology, Quaternary Landscape Evolution, Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction, Landscape Archaeology and Predictive Modeling, Remote Sensing and GIS; Near Eastern and South Asian Archaeology (Focus: Afghanistan), Southeastern US Archaeology.

Sarah Alden
Doctoral Candidate

Anthropological genetics, population genetics, genetic epidemiology

Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant with Prof. Raff

Anthropological genetics, ancient DNA, epigenetics, population genetics, archaic introgression, human adaptation, human migration, human physiology, bioethics, biological aging, stem cell biology, epidemiology, Siberia, Beringia, and the Americas.

NSF Graduate Research Fellow, GTA for ANTH 150/309 - Fall 2021 Virtual Zoom Office Hours:, Tues. and Thurs. 9:00am - 10:30am or by appointment. For the Zoom web link, see your Blackboard.
Jessica Dow
M.A. Student
Graduate Teaching Assistant, ANTH 330 Fall 2021 Virutal Zoom Office Hours:, Tuesdays 12:30pm - 2:00pm, or by appointment. For the virtual zoom web link, see your course syllabus.
Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant with Prof. O'Rourke

Evolutionary genetics, population genetics, ancient DNA analysis, environmental DNA.

McKenna Lohr
Ph.D. Student, Chancellor's Doctoral Fellow, University Graduate Fellow, ANTH 100 ONLINE Fall 2021 Virtual Zoom Office Hours: , Wed. and Thurs. 1:00pm - 2:00pm or by appt. For the zoom web link, go to your Blackboard.

Anthropological Genetics, Ancient DNA, Bioarchaeology, Osteology

Lydia Sykora
M.A. Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant, ANTH 330 Spring 2021 Office Hours: Mon. 12pm - 2pm and Tues. 2pm - 3pm via Zoom or by appt.

Ancient DNA, Anthropological Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Genomics and Sequencing, Infectious Diseases, Human Migration, Peopling of the Americas, Osteology, and Forensic Anthropology. 

Sarah Unkel
Ph.D. Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant, ANTH 304 Spring 2021 Office Hours: Tues. 12pm - 1:30pm and Wed. 9am - 10:30am via Zoom through 3/19/21., Please send an email for a Zoom appointment during my office hours.

Anthropological genetics and genomics, ancient and modern DNA, peopling of the Americas and the Arctic, human migration, population genetics, adaptation, and variation, bioethics.

Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Teaching Assistant with EALC

Economic anthropology of Xinjiang, China. Influence of industrialization on subsistence societies. Changes in the mode of production and social organization, transformation of cultures and values. Financialization and consumerism, construction of identities through consumption.​

Daniel Bagheri Sarvestani
Ph.D. Student, ANTH 160/360 Fall 2021 Vitual Zoom Office Hours: , Mon. and Wed. from 11:00am - 12:00pm or by appointment., See your course syllabus for the Zoom web link.

Indigenous peoples' rights, migration, Latin America

Joel Curtis Evans
Ph.D. Student, ANTH 160/360 Virtual Zoom Office Hours Fall 2021:, Wed. and Fridays from 11:30am - 12:30pm, or by appointment., For the Zoom web link, see your course syllabus.

The relationship between the military and the discipline of anthropology by comparing each group’s conceptualization of ethics to reveal overlap and identify areas for potential cooperation, peacemaking and how ideas like religion and history influence peace processes.

Wen-Yao Lee
Doctoral Candidate

Historical anthropology; the mutuality between organization of sociality and construction of space; kinship, ethnicity and rituals on the landscape in the Sino-Tibetan borderlands; changes in human-environment relations under the development policy for ethnic minorities in Southwest China; cultural transformation and continuity of the Pumi speaking people (Pumizu/Premi/Prmi) in Yunnan and Sichuan, China.

Kate Ragland

Human-environment interactions, non-renewable resources, socio-politics, economics

Silvia Sanchez Tappan

Social division of labor, integration into the market economy, worker solidarity, ethnic inequalities, rapid urbanization, migration, development, Guatemala City, Ch’orti’ Maya area.

Deborah Williams
Doctoral Candidate

Applied Ethics (Environmental Ethics, Medical Ethics), Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Indigenous Ways of Knowing;  Interdisciplinary intersections between law, science, ethics and anthropology.

Doctoral Candidate

Persian Language ideology and language identification of Iranian people; Role of idioms and proverbs on a nation’s identification: How Iranians express their identities, personalities and behaviors through using idioms and proverbs.


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