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Department of Anthropology

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

Drucilla Barker

Drucilla K. Barker, Professor

Economic anthropology, gender and globalization, development, feminist epistemology, methodology

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

J Casey

Joanna Casey, Associate Professor

Ethnoarchaeology, prehistoric archaeology, early farming communities, trade, gender, lithics

C de la Cova

Carlina de la Cova, Associate Professor

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

S DeWitte

Sharon DeWitte, Professor and Graduate Director

 Human osteology, paleodemography/epidemiology/microbiololgy, infectious and epidemic diseases, medieval plague

John Doering-White

John Doering-White, Assistant Professor

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

S Feliciano Santos

Sherina Feliciano-Santos, Associate Professor

Linguistic anthropology, activism, language and cultural revitalization, racial and ethnic formations, narrative, face-to-face interaction

Kelly Goldberg

Katherine (Kelly) Goldberg, Instructor

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

Eric Jones

Eric Jones, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director

 Settlement patterns, landscapes and built environments, human-environment interactions, and demographic archaeology

Courtney Lewis

Courtney A. Lewis, Associate Professor

Economic anthropology, political economy, indigenous rights, economic justice, sovereignty, American Indians, Cherokees.

M Moskowitz

Marc Moskowitz, Professor

Cultural anthropology, visual anthropology, gender, popular culture, sexuality

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 and Faculty Principal of Galen Health Fellows Living and Learning Community

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

K Simmons

Kimberly E. Simmons, Associate Professor and Co-Director for the Institute for African American Studies and Research

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

T Weik

Terrance Weik, Associate Professor

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

Emeriti Faculty

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

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