Core Faculty

Core faculty

Susan Alt

Susan Alt

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Director, Archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands

Geographical Areas of Specialization
North America; Midwest; Southeastern U.S.; Mississippi Valley

Research Interests
complexity; identity; migration; materiality; ritual; craft production; ceramics; GIS

Eduardo S. Brondizio

Eduardo S. Brondizio

Professor, Anthropology

Adjunct Professor, Geography

Adjunct Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Adjunct Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Adjunct Professor, Native Studies Program

Adjunct Professor, Individualized Major Program

Adjunct Professor, Food Studies Program

External Professor, NEPAM-University of Campinas

External Professor, National Institute for Space Research, Brazil

Director, Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes

Co-Chair, Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2016-2019)

Faculty Associate and Internal Board of Directors, Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

Science Committee member, Future Earth program

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Current Opinion on Environmental Sustainability (COSUST), Elsevier

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Amazon; Brazil; Latin America

Research Interests
environmental and economic anthropology; land use and landscape history; institutions and collective action; household economy and demographics; livelihoods and poverty; local ecological knowledge; people-forest interaction; social-ecological complex systems analysis; global environmental and climate change; sustainability sciences; integrative methodologies

Beth Buggenhagen

Beth Buggenhagen

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Africa; North America; Senegal

Research Interests
circulation and value; material and visual culture; photography; gender and Islam

Della Collins Cook

Della Collins Cook

Professor, Anthropology

Adjunct Professor, Anthropology School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI

Affiliate Faculty, William R. Adams Zooarchaeology Lab

Director, Osteology and Paleopathology Lab

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Americas; Aegean

Research Interests
human osteology; paleopathology; mortuary practices; demography

Sara Friedman

Sara Friedman

Professor, Anthropology

Geographical Areas of Specialization
China; Taiwan

Research Interests
state and citizenship; migration, intimacy; marriage; gender and sexuality; reproductive politics and kinship

Ilana Gershon

Ilana Gershon

Ruth N. Hall Professor, Anthropology

Geographical Areas of Specialization
United States; Oceania - Samoa

Research Interests
employment; new media; work; breakups; neoliberalism

Brian Joseph Gilley

Brian Joseph Gilley

Professor, Anthropology

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Contemporary and historic Italy; Native North America

Research Interests
contemporary and historic Italy; native North America

Jane Goodman

Jane Goodman

Associate Professor, Anthropology

  • janegood@indiana.edu
  • Student Building 130

Geographical Areas of Specialization
North Africa; Middle East; France

Research Interests
performance and civic life; intertextuality; colonial and postcolonial formations; theater, music, and poetry

Kathryn E. Graber

Kathryn E. Graber

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Russia; Siberia; Mongolia

Research Interests
mass media; language politics; materiality; semiotics; digital media; multilingualism; language shift and endangerment; ethnography of institutions; historical anthropology; intellectual property; theories of value; socialism and post-socialism; race and ethnicity; Central/Inner Asia, Mongolia, Russia, Siberia

L. Shane Greene

L. Shane Greene

Professor, Anthropology

Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Faculty Associate, Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (ACT)

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Peru; Amazonia/Andes; elsewhere, although mostly Latin America

Research Interests
social theory; social movements; race; urban subcultures; music and society; indigenous and afro-descendent rights; political ecology

Ling-Yu Hung

Ling-Yu Hung

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

In memoriam
We are sad to share the news of Ling-Yu’s passing in April 2018. A departmental tribute is being planned for the fall semester. She was an internationally esteemed archaeologist, focusing on the societies and material culture of the Chinese Neolithic. She was also a dedicated teacher and a wonderful friend and colleague.

Kevin D. Hunt

Kevin D. Hunt

Professor, Anthropology

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Africa

Research Interests
functional morphology; ecology of hominids and apes

Jason Baird Jackson

Jason Baird Jackson

Director, Mathers Museum of World Cultures

Professor, Folklore

  • jbj@indiana.edu
  • (812) 856-1868
  • Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Rm. 110

Research Interests
material culture; cultural performance; ethnology; cultural history; museum work

Frederika Kaestle

Frederika Kaestle

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Director, Ancient DNA Laboratory of Molecular Anthropology

Geographical Areas of Specialization:
Native America; Pacific; Asia

Research Interests
molecular anthropology; molecular evolution; population genetics; ancient DNA

Stacie M. King

Stacie M. King

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Director of Graduate Studies, Anthropology

Associate Faculty, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Mexico (Oaxaca); Mesoamerica

Research Interests
ancient and colonial Mexico; household archaeology; identity; food practices; soundscapes; social theory; colonialism; soil chemistry and microscale methods in archaeology

Philip S. Lesourd

Philip S. Lesourd

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Geographical areas of specialization
Northeastern North America

Research Interests
linguistic theory and its application to the analysis of Native American languages; comparative Algonquian linguistics; Maliseet-Passamaquoddy

Sarah Osterhoudt

Sarah Osterhoudt

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Madagascar; Africa; Indian Ocean

Research Interests
environmental anthropology; agrarian studies; agro-ecological systems; political ecology; trade and development; anthropology of knowledge

Douglas R. Parks

Douglas R. Parks

Professor, Anthropology

Associate Director, American Indian Studies Research Institute

Geographical Areas of Specialization
North America

Research Interests
anthropological; linguistics; North America

Anya Peterson Royce

Anya Peterson Royce

Chancellors' Professor, Anthropology

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Mexico; Russia; Ireland; and Eastern Europe

Research Interests
local and global identities; anthropology of dance, performance, popular theater; ethnic identity, aesthetics and creative processes; indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica; death belief and ritual; anthropological writing; landscapes and identities

Sarah Phillips

Sarah Phillips

Professor, Anthropology

  • sadphill@indiana.edu
  • (812) 855-7309
  • Global and International Studies Building 4016

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Central and Eastern Europe; the Former Soviet Union, especially Ukraine and Russia.

Research Interests
postsocialist transformations; civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs); globalization; development; gender studies; medical anthropology; post-Chernobyl health and healing; folk medicine; disability studies

Anne Pyburn

Anne Pyburn

Provost Professor, Anthropology

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Mesoamerica; Belize; Central Asia; Kyrgyzstan

Research Interests
archaeology; settlement patterns; Maya, gender, ethics; archaeology and social context

Jennifer Meta Robinson

Jennifer Meta Robinson

Professor of Practice, Anthropology

Co-director, Graduate Certificate on College Pedagogy

Geographical Areas of Specialization
United States; Higher Education

Research Interests
food and the natural environment in expressive and popular culture; intersections of community and identity in education; scholarship of teaching and learning; pedagogy

Laura Scheiber

Laura Scheiber

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Anthropology

Director, William R. Adams Zooarchaeology Laboratory

Affiliate, Center for Archaeology in the Public Interest

Geographical Areas of Specialization
North America; Plains

Research Interests
zooarchaeology; faunal analysis; North American archaeology; Native American ethnohistory; culture contact; archaeological theory and practice; historical anthropology; landscapes; identity; archaeological fiction

Tom Schoenemann

Tom Schoenemann

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Research Scientist, The Stone Age Institute

Director, Human Brain Evolution Laboratory

Co-Director, Open Research Scan Archive at Penn

Geographical Areas of Specialization
The World

Research Interests
coevolution of brain and behavior; evolution of language; functional morphology of the brain; human variation; modeling evolutionary hypotheses; mathematical image analysis

Susan Seizer

Susan Seizer

Professor, Anthropology

Geographical Areas of Specialization
South Asia; esp. South India (Tamilnadu); U.S.

Research Interests
humor in use; stigma and its effects; performance in dance, theater, circus; standup comedy; South Asian studies; ethnographic writing and ethnographic methods; documentary, diasporic, and feminist film; disability studies; gender studies; kinship

Jeanne Sept

Jeanne Sept

Chair, Anthropology

Professor, Anthropology

Affiliate Faculty, William R. Adams Zooarchaeology Lab

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Africa

Research Interests
archaeology; human evolution; paleoecology; primate ecology and diet

M. Nazif Shahrani

M. Nazif Shahrani

Professor, Anthropology Department

Professor, Central Eurasian Studies

Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

  • shahrani@indiana.edu
  • (812) 855-4858
  • Global and International Studies Building 3036
April K. Sievert

April K. Sievert

Senior Lecturer, Anthropology

Affiliate, Center for Archaeology in the Public Interest

Geographical Areas of Specialization
American Midwest; south-central Andes

Research Interests
lithic analysis; south-central Andes; Mississippian archaeology; historical archaeology; archaeological ethics; anthropological pedagogy

Marvin D. Sterling

Marvin D. Sterling

Associate Professor, Anthropology

  • mdsterli@indiana.edu
  • Student Building 114

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Japan; Caribbean

Research Interests
contemporary Japan; African Diaspora; race, social identity; afro-asia; performance studies; transnationalism; human rights

Daniel Suslak

Daniel Suslak

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Anthropology

Adjunct Professor, Latino Studies

Associate Faculty, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Mexico; Mesoamerica

Research Interests
linguistic anthropology; semiotic anthropology; verbal art; youth and adolescence; Mesoamerican languages and cultures

Virginia J. Vitzthum

Virginia J. Vitzthum

Professor, Anthropology

Senior Scientist, Kinsey Institute

Director, Evolutionary Anthropology (EVA) Laboratory

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Bolivia; Germany; Greenland; Mongolia

Research Interests
life history theory; evolutionary mechanisms; reproductive functioning and adaptations; reproductive and sexual health; pregnancy loss; contraceptive technologies

Michael Wasserman

Michael Wasserman

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

  • mdwasser@Indiana.edu
  • Sycamore Hall 036

Geographical Areas of Specialization
Uganda; Costa Rica; Panama

Research Interests
primate ecology and evolution; environmental endocrinology; conservation biology and sustainability; evolutionary medicine and EcoHealth; nutritional anthropology

Andrea Wiley

Andrea Wiley

Professor, Anthropology

Geographical Areas of Specialization
South Asia; particularly India

Research Interests
human diet and nutrition and the adaptive significance of human dietary behavior; human adaptability, particularly to stressful environments such as high altitude; human health and disease, especially within an evolutionary framework (Medical Anthropology); demography; life history theory