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Kale Bruner

Hunter-gatherers, technological organization and mobility, prehistory of Alaska and coastal adaptations in the Aleutian Islands, lithic analysis and sourcing.å

Barbara Crable

Central Plains archaeology, zooarchaeology, taphonomy and site formation processes.

Zachary Day
Ph.D. Student

Sourcing studies, ceramic technology, experimental archaeology, digital archaeology, digital reconstructions, 3D modelling, landscape archaeology.

Andrew Gottsfield

Geoarchaeology, GIS, Quaternary Landscape Evolution, CRM, and the archaeology of the Ozarks, Great Plains, and California.

Lauren Johnson

Great Plains archaeology, Mississippian archaeology, archaeological theory and method, archaeological philosophy, cognitive archaeology, iconography and symbolism, ceramic analysis, lithic technologies, museum curation, museum collections management, NAGPRA compliance and cultural affiliation.

Greg Kauffman

Pre-Columbian Central and Mesoamerican Archaelogy; Ceramic and Lithic Analysis; Paleoindians; Complex Societies.

Richard Mason Niquette

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

Kaitlin Stanley

Zooarchaeology; role of animals in human diet, subsistence economy, and society; museum curation and collections management; peopling of the Americas; Paleoindian responses to climate change; Quaternary landscape evolution.​

Anna F. Wieser

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.

Biological Anthropology

Christopher Barrett

Human adaptation and variation, peopling of the New World, Denisovan and Neanderthal introgression, paleo-environmental reconstruction, ancient and modern genetics and epigenetics, genetic and epigenetic epidemiology, nutrigenetics, complex phenotypes, biological aging, gene-culture coevolution, fire culture in the Arctic​, stem cells, natural history, and primatology. 

Kristine Beaty

Disease and adaptation, genetic epidemiology, health and nutrition, anthropological genetics.

Randy David

Genetic Epidemiology, Anthropological Genetics, Paleopathology, Infections Disease, Epigenetics, Darwinian Medicine, and Evolution of Sex.

Jessica Dow
M.A. Student
Caroline Kisielinski

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

Amanda G. Kittoe

Human population genetics, Central Asia and Siberia, Europe, psychiatric genetics, forensics, and osteology.

Delisa Phillips-Harrington

Anthropological Genetics; mRNA in disease processes; epigenetics.

Sarah Ragsdale

Ancient DNA, Population Genetics, Migration, Human Variation.

Melody D. Ratliff

Anthropological genetics, human migration, and population genetics.  Previous research includes forensic anthropology, morphoscopic traits, and the estimation of ancestry from the skull.

Sociocultural Anthropology

Elene Cloete

Social and cultural dynamics of rural Southern Africa (this includes a focus on livelihood strategies, social networks, development agencies, rural-urban migration patterns and the informal economies);and the role of the performing arts in structuring social identity.

Matthew Comi
Ph.D. Student

Environmental anthropology, political ecology, object-oriented ontology, agriculture, rurality, biotechnology, policy. US Midwest & Northwest.

Silvia Sanchez Diaz

Body politics in postwar Guatemala, the reproduction of marginalization through neoliberal healthcare systems, the production of medical knowledge, the everyday ethics of caregiving & moral worlds of physicians, foreign aid decline in Latin America, development's side effects, and the Ch'orti' Maya area.

Marwa H. Ghazali

African medical anthropology; The study of health and poverty among squatter populations of Cairo, Egypt's "City of the Dead"; Rural-Urban migration, inequality, and perceptions of illness/wellness; Structural violence, agency, and everyday resistance; Migration and Identity; Refugee Studies; Somali Bantu refugee experience; trauma, memory, and embodiment; Lived suffering, peacetime crimes, and everyday violence; Slavery, narrative, and contemporary identity; Peace and Conflict Studies; Post-colonial studies--North Africa; Women and Islam; Contemporary Islam; Construction and deconstruction of HIV/AIDS Stigma in MENA region.

Benjamin J. Gray

Contemporary US and Applied Methods.

Joshua Homan

Ethnogenesis; extractive economies and indigenous political movements; ethnohistory of Amazonian peoples; infrastructure and ICTs (information and communication technologies); indigeneity; kinship; shamanism; memory; violence; Kandozi and Quechua (Inga/Southern Pastaza Quechua); western Amazonia (Peru/Ecuador).

Charles Hubbard

Micronesia and the effects of globalization on local economies and customs, particularly hierarchical power dynamics in traditionally stratified societies.

Colin Reuter

Investigating the cultural affect ecological changes (primarily rising sea levels) are having on the Caribbean Islands.

Lia Thompson

Perceptions of health problems and suffering; Patient-Doctor relationships; Medical ethics; Social determinants of health; Slave health & nutrition practices; Health based geographic information systems; Health literacy and patient compliance; Demography of health and health care; Health and migration; Visual anthropology; East Africa and African-American communities.

Deborah Williams

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

Linguistic Anthropology

Gulina Aizezi

Currently conducting research on "light verbs" (what we call yardemchi pe 'il "helping verbs"). My primary focus is Uyghur verbs and grammatical topology, but I am also interested in culture.

I plan to use the corpus of pre-modern and modern Uyghur to research these questions for my PhD dissertation. Creating an electronic corpus will allow tracking the development of these helping verbs of 150 years. We will be able to count them and study their discourse context.

Akbar Amat
Ph.D. Student
Ali Momin
Ph.D. Student
Fatemeh Sadraee

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.

Laura Searcy

Languages and dialects of China, language contact, and language change over time. I speak Mandarin Chinese and am currently learning Uyghur. 

Amanda Snider

Turkic languages, Central Asia, preservation of cultural heritage.


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