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Department of Anthropology

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Our People

Our award-winning faculty specialize in comparative diasporic studies and social justice issues in places throughout the globe including the Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and North America. With research interests spanning historical archaeology, medical anthropology, ethnobiology and much more, the faculty members also participate in at least one interdisciplinary program on campus. 

Core Faculty

Monica Barra

Monica Barra, Assistant Professor

Environmental and Urban Anthropology, Race and Inequality, North America and the US South, Anthropology of Science and Technology, Political Ecology

C de la Cova

Carlina de la Cova, Professor and Undergraduate Director

Paleopathology, skeletal health disparities, social inequality, the African Diaspora, nineteenth century medicine

John Doering-White

John Doering-White, Assistant Professor

Immigration, Humanitarianism, Violence, Social Entrepreneurship, Central America, Mexico, Detroit

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Chelsea Fisher, Assistant Professor

Environmental anthropologist - Archaeologies of environmental justice 

Kelly Goldberg

Katherine (Kelly) Goldberg, Clinical Assistant Professor / Director of USC Public Heritage Lab

African Diaspora, historical archaeology, public archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, museum studies, oral history, memorialization and heritage, culture contact, identity, ceramics, West Africa, Caribbean, Eastern United States.

Marc Moskowitz

Marc Moskowitz, Professor

Cultural anthropology, visual anthropology, gender, popular culture, sexuality, Chinese-speaking Asia

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Jelena Jankovic-Rankovic, Assistant Professor

Human Variation, Anthropology of Migration: Displacement, Borders, and Health

J Reynolds

Jennifer Reynolds, Professor and Departmental Chair

Linguistic and visual anthropology, language socialization and ideology, transnational migration, childhood

D Simmons

David Simmons, Associate Professor

Dynamic and often conflicting relationships between vernacular forms of medicine and biomedicine

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Kimberly E. Simmons, Associate Professor

Cultural anthropology, race & ethnicity, gender, identity formation, women's formations, African diaspora

Magdalena Stawkowski

Magdalena Stawkowski, Assistant Professor

Cultural and medical anthropology, militarized and nuclear spaces, socio-cultural legacies of atomic testing, Cold War science, political economy, bioethics, subjectivity, environmental governance, health disparities and environmental harm in Kazakhstan, post-Soviet reforms, Central Asia

Jonah Steinberg

Jonah Steinberg, Associate Professor

Extreme marginality, justice-driven public scholarship, urban anthropology, migration and poverty, children in crisis, participatory ethnography and archaeology, South Asia, Romani Europe, Mediterranean.

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Terrance Weik, Professor and Graduate Director

Archaeology, African Diaspora, antislavery resistance, social identity, Ethnogenesis, self-liberation, Race, Native Americans

Emeriti Faculty

Name Title Email
Karl Heider Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Alice Kasakoff Distinguished Professor Emerita
Kenneth Kelly Distinguished Professor Emeritus 
Thomas Leatherman Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Morgan Maclachlan Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Gail Wagner Professor Emerita

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