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Department Head

Timothy Ryan

  • Head and Professor of Anthropology

(814) 867-0005

Human evolution, trabecular bone, biomechanics, skeletal biology microCT


Douglas Bird

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology

(814) 863-1096

Ethnoarchaeology, socio-ecological systems, livelihoods in arid lands, behavioral ecology, Aboriginal Australia

Rebecca Bliege Bird

  • Professor of Anthropology

(814) 863-2391

Human-environment interactions, Hunter gatherer socio-ecology, human behavioral ecology, costly signaling, gender

José M. Capriles

  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology

(814) 865-7835

Environmental archaeology, human ecology, pastoralism, South American archaeology, zooarchaeology

Kristina G. Douglass

  • Joyce and Doug Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics Institute and Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African Studies

(814) 865-2937

Human-environment interaction, anthropology and archaeology of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean, coastal and island archaeology, ethnohistory, ethnoarchaeology, historical ecology, extinction, migration, ethnogenesis

Kirk French

  • Teaching Professor of Anthropology

(814) 865-1142

Social and Economic Impacts of Alcohol, Documentary Film

Sagan Friant

  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology

(814) 865-3129

Evolutionary anthropology of human health, disease ecology, nutrition, socio-ecological systems, bushmeat hunting, Nigeria

Luke Glowacki

  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology

(814) 867-0013

Warfare and violence, collective behavior, human behavioral ecology, small-scale societies, social organization

Ken Hirth

  • Professor of Anthropology

(814) 863-9647

Ancient economy, Mesoamerican archaeology, cultural complexity, household archaeology, craft production

Nina Jablonski

  • Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology

Paleoanthropology, Human adaptation, Evolution of human skin, Skin pigmentation, Human diversity, Race and racism, STEM education

Kazuhiko Kawasaki

  • Associate Research Professor of Anthropology

(814) 863-0032

Evolution of mineralized tissues, Evo-devo of the skull, Biomineralization, Evolution of genomes

Stephen A. Matthews

  • Liberal Arts Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, Demography, and Geography
  • Courtesy School of International Affairs
  • Director, Graduate Program in Demography

(814) 863-9721

Demography, Spatial Inequality, Population Health, Ecologic Exposure, Spatial Analysis

Claire Milner

  • Associate Research Professor and Curator & Director of Exhibits

(814) 865-2033

George Milner

  • Distinguished Professor of Anthropology

(814) 865-2509

Eastern North American archaeology; Small-scale society warfare; Paleodemography; Paleoepidemiology; Skeletal age estimation

Susan Motch Perrine

  • Assistant Research Professor of Anthropology

Abderrahim Ouarghidi

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of African Studies and Anthropology

(814) 865-5406

Laurel Pearson

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Anthropology

(814) 863-7740

George (PJ) Perry

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology and Biology

(814) 863-7654

Anthropological genomics, Paleogenomics (ancient DNA), Human rainforest hunter-gatherers, Human impacts on non-human evolutionary biology, Parasites as proxies for human evolution, Madagascar people and lemurs

David Puts

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology

(814) 867-0453

behavioral endocrinology, evolutionary psychology, sex differences, sexual selection, sexuality

Joan Richtsmeier

  • Distinguished Professor of Anthropology

(814) 863-0562

Craniofacial development, Craniosynostosis, Genetics of craniofacial development, and Genotype-phenotype correspondence

Erick Rochette

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Anthropology

(814) 863-4388

Asher Yoel Rosinger

  • Ann Atherton Hertzler Early Career Professor in Global Health
  • Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Anthropology
  • Director of Water, Health and Nutrition Lab

Water and dietary intake, water insecurity, hydration status, environmental and lifestyle transitions, anthropometrics, global health

Mary K. Shenk

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology & Demography
  • Faculty Associate, Population Research Institute
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center for Human Ecology

(814) 863-1045

Human behavioral ecology, anthropological demography, evolutionary demography, fertility, parental investment, marriage, kinship, inequality, India, Bangladesh

Mark Shriver

  • Professor of Anthropology

(814) 863-1078

Human Genetics, Population Genetics, Population Genomics, Sexually Dimorphism, Pigmentation, Hair Form, Facial Features, Predictive Biometrics, Molecular Photofitting, DNA Phenotyping

Laura Weyrich

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology

(814) 867-0016

Microbiome adaptation and evolution; medical microbiology; anthropological genetics; ancient DNA; paleomicrobiology; paleoecology; bioethics; dentistry; and Indigenous health


Anne Buchanan

  • Adjunct Senior Research Associate in Anthropology

Clinton Carter

  • Post Doctoral Scholar
Ancient DNA, Human Evolutionary Genomics

George Chaplin

  • Senior Research Associate

(814) 865-2509

Alejandra Domic

  • Post Doctoral Scholar in Paleoethnobotany

(814) 865-7835

Emily Durham

  • Post Doctoral Scholar in Craniofacial Development, Disease, and Evolution

(814) 865-2066

Laurie Eccles

  • Research Technologist

(814) 865-5342

Susan Toby Evans, Ph.D.

  • Series Editor, Occasional Papers in Anthropology

(814) 865-2509

Sarita Greer

  • Research Technologist

(814) 865-2313

Sharon Kuo

  • Post Doctoral Scholar

(814) 865-0796

Tina Lasisi

  • Post Doctoral Scholar

Human variation, hair morphology, evolution, pigmentation

Stephanie Marciniak

  • Post Doctoral Scholar

(814) 867-0456

Nicole Moore

  • Researcher in Ancient DNA

(814) 865-1936

M. Kathleen Pitirri

  • Post Doctoral Scholar

(814) 865-2066

Tanambelo Rasolondrainy

  • Post Doctoral Scholar in African Environmental Archaeology

(814) 867-0003

Métrey Tiv

  • Postdoctoral Scholar in Medical Anthropology and Global Health

#Global Health #Qualitative & Quantitative methods #Medical Anthropology #Social Determinants of Health #One Health #Health Policy #Health Inequalities

Tess Wilson

  • Research Technologist

(814) 867-0454


Audrey Chambers

  • Graduate Administrative Support Assistant

(814) 867-0009

Tammy Hosterman

  • Liberal Arts Financial Assistant

(814) 867-0021

Robin Kephart

  • Administrative Support Coordinator

(814) 867-0006

Kaitlin Nelson

  • Administrative Support Coordinator

(814) 867-0005

Melanie Port

  • Administrative Support Assistant

(814) 865-9752

Graduate Students

Chiamaka Anyanwu

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Toe Aung

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 867-0015

Sojung Baek

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Grace Bowland

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Dani Buffa

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student in Anthropology and Climate Science

(814) 867-0003

Human-environment interactions, socioecological regime shifts, island and coastal archaeology, estuarine and marine resource use, Mid-late Holocene climate, paleoecology, ecotones, conservation policy, ethnoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology, GIS

America Campillo

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 865-0796

Human evolution, bipedalism, functional morphology, bone biomechanics, trabecular bone, microCT, human osteology

Jennifer C. Chen

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Ebony Creswell

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 867-0456

Dylan S. Davis

  • Ph.D. Candidate

(814) 867-0003

Human-environmental interaction, settlement patterns, GIS, remote sensing, human behavioral ecology, evolutionary theory, spatial analysis, coastal & island archaeology, climate change

Lily DeMars

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Human evolution, skeletal biology, bone biomechanics, physical activity, diet, trabecular bone, microCT

Caitlin Donahue

  • IUG Graduate Student

Patrick Druggan

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Human-environmental interactions, isotope biogeochemistry, GIS, paleoclimatology, modeling

Leah Gallo

  • IUG Graduate Student

Tori D. Gamel

  • IUG Graduate Student

human behavioral ecology, costly-signaling, anthropology, ancient historical ecology, warfare and violence, collective behavior, social organization

Abigail Shahar Gancz

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Bioarchaeology, Paleodemography, Paleoepidemiology, Paleopathology, aDNA, Human-environmental interactions

Bianca L. Gentil

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Jeffrey Grossi

  • IUG Graduate Student

Cultural Resource Management, Experimental Archaeology, Public Outreach, Mongolian History and Culture, Classical and Mediterranean History and Archaeology

Timothy Hay

  • IUG Graduate Student

Diego Hernandez

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Biocultural anthropology, genomics, public health, Latinx health, structural racism, health disparities

Joon Hwang

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Economic anthropology, market integration, social and economic inequality, social network analysis

Abiola Ibirogba

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Louis James

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Makenna Lenover

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Chloe McGuire

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 863-2244

Dithapelo Medupe

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Archaeometry, Geophysics, Paleohydrology, Agricultural Intensification, Mesoamerica, Remote Sensing, Complex Societies, Urbanism, Environmental Change, State Formation

Catherine Mendel, (she/her)

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student
  • NSF Research Trainee (LandscapeU Program)

Avian-human interactions, behavioral ecology, socio-ecological systems, domestication, zooarchaeology, and ethnoarchaeology.

Nafi Mohammad Ali

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Rachel Palkovitz

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student
  • University Graduate Fellow

Kara Peters

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Heather Ramsey

  • IUG Graduate Student

Clare Randolph

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

archaeology, historical ecology, human-environmental interaction, marine resource use, coral, coral harvesting, zooarchaeology
Primatology, evolution, endocrinology, agent-based modeling, data science, machine learning

Marissa Scott

  • IUG Graduate Student

Casey Sennett

  • IUG Graduate Student

Kyle Smith

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

human-animal interactions, domestication, hunter-gatherers, ecology, animal behavior and cognition

Laura Stelson

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 865-5342

Christine Ta

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Sarah Taylor

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Kaley Tucker

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Megan F. Veltri

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Sterling Wright

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student
  • NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Fellow

(814) 865-2509

Ancient DNA, paleomicrobiology, bioarchaeology, urbanization, Classical and Mesoamerican archaeology, paleoecology

Affiliated Graduate Students

Emily Gagne

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student in Ecology

Christian Herrera

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student in Molecular, Cellular and Intregrative Biosciences (MCIBS)

Jinguo Huang

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student in Bioinformatics and Genomics Program

Alexis Sullivan

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student in Biology

(814) 863-3869

Evolutionary biology, genomics, morphology, body size, and human hunting

Amy Wrobleski

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student in Ecology


Stephen Beckerman

  • Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Paul Durrenberger

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Patricia Johnson

  • Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Demography, and Women's Studies

(814) 865-3129

Joseph Michels

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Warren Morrill

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Lee Newsom

  • Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Human ecology, Paleoethnobotany, Paleoecology, Environmental Archaeology, Wood Anatomy

Dean Snow

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

(814) 865-2509

David Webster

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

(814) 865-1897

Kenneth Weiss

  • Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Genetics

(814) 865-0989

James Wood

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Demography

(814) 865-1936

Courtesy Appointments

Santhosh Girirajan

  • Associate Professor of Genomics in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Anthropology

(814) 867-4373

Carter Hunt

  • Associate Professor in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management and Anthropology

(814) 863-9773

Ann E. Killebrew

  • Associate Professor, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Jewish Studies, and Anthropology

(814) 865-1686

Bronwen Powell

  • Assistant Professor of Geography, African Studies, and Anthropology

(814) 865-1187

Matthew B. Restall

  • Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Colonial Latin American History, Anthropology and Women's Studies

Amara Solari

  • Professor of Art History and Anthropology

(814) 865-4883

Nicole Squyres

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Biology and Anthropology

(814) 863-8019

Biological anthropology, human anatomy, functional morphology, evolution of bipedalism, body mass estimation, geometric morphometric analysis

Catherine Wanner

  • Professor of History, Anthropology and Religious Studies

John Waters

  • Teaching Professor of Biology and Anthropology

(814) 863-1154


Landscape Archaeology and GIS

Richard Bankoff

  • Ph.D. Graduate, 2020

Gina M. Buckley

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Isotope Analysis, Bioarchaeology, Mesoamerican Archaeology, Mortuary Rituals, Urbanization, Paleodemography, Migration
Evolution of human sexuality and applied social dynamics

Sean Carr

  • IUG Graduate Student

Evolutionary psychology and human sex differences

Eric Dyrdahl

  • Profesor Auxiliar, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador

Economic Anthropology, Interregional Interaction, Craft Production, Geochemical Sourcing, Shellworking, Obsidian

Claire Ebert

  • Visiting Scholar, Center for Comparative Archaeology (University of Pittsburgh)

Emergence of complexity, Human-environment interaction, Formative Mesoamerica, Household and settlement archaeology, Ancient economies, Radiocarbon dating, Stable isotope analysis, geochemical sourcing, GIS and remote sensing

Kevin V Flaherty

  • Ph.D. Graduate 2018

Craniofacial Development and Morphology

Lia Gavazzi

  • IUG Graduate Student

Richard J. George

  • Ph.D. Graduate 2020

Skeletal Age Estimation, Human Variation, Bioarchaeology, Forensic Anthropology

Jennifer Haney

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Paleoethnobotany, Anthropogenic Landscapes
Pre-Columbian Caribbean (Lesser Antilles), Geoarchaeology, Community Archaeology, Human Behavioral Ecology, Ancient Maya (Belize)
Mesoamerican archaeology and textiles

Elijah Hermitt

  • IUG Graduate Student

Alex Hill

  • Lecturer
  • Biocultural Anthropology
  • University of Washington

behavioral biology, biological anthropology, primatology, sexual selection, vocalization

Sean Hixon

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 865-5342

Christopher Jazwa

  • Post Doctoral Scholar

(814) 863-2244

Coastal Human Paleoecology, Archaeometry

Nadia Johnson

  • Ph.D. Graduate 2020

Eric Jones

  • Ph.D. Graduate, 2008

Emily Kate

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Mesoamerican Archaeology, Bioarchaeology, Paleodemography, and Migration Studies
bioarchaeology, paleoepidemiology, paleodemography

Logan Kistler

  • Senior Research Fellow

Kelsey Kjosness

  • Ph.D. Graduate, 2017

Human Evolutionary and Developmental Biology

Sandra Koch

  • Ph.D.Graduate 2018

(814) 867-0018

Human variation with a focus on hair microstructure and morphology, TEM, microscopy, forensic analysis

Kate M. Lesciotto

  • Ph.D. Graduate 2020

Human Anatomy; Skeletal Biology; Morphological and Genetic Variation in Modern Humans; Forensic Anthropology; Geometric Morphometrics

Denise Liberton

  • Ph.D. Graduate, 2012

Greg Luna

  • Lecturer of Anthropology

(814) 865-1341

Mesoamerica, Chinampa Agriculture, GIS

Allison Machnicki

  • Ph.D. Penn State - 2017

Anatomy, Functional Morphology, and Developmental Biology
Violence and Warfare, Osteology, Viking Age, Early Medieval NW Europe, GIS

Alan Moseley

  • IUG Graduate Student

disease ecology, anthropological demography, molecular epidemiology, spatial demography and epidemiology
Functional Morphology

Chris Percival

  • Post Doctoral Researcher

Evolutionary Biological Anthropology and Sexual Selection

John Starbuck

  • Ph.D. Graduate, Spring 2012

Functional Morphology
Vitamin D and Bone Microstructure
human-environment interactions, cooperation, collective action, GIS & GIScience, geoinformatics, spatial cognition, complex adaptive systems, data visualization, museum studies

Jennifer Wagner

  • Academic Affiliate and Ph.D. Graduate 2010

Ziyu (Raining) Wang

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

Martin Welker

  • Ph.D. Graduate, 2018

Human-Environmental Interaction, Colonization Events, Zooarchaeology, Morphometrics, Species Introductions, Environmental Modification/Land Use, Evolutionary Ecology, Human Behavioral Ecology
Evolution of Human Sexuality

Julie White

  • Ph.D. Graduate 2019

Human facial variation and health; dysmorphological facial phenotypes; evolution of facial features; human skin pigmentation

Eric Young

  • Graduate Student

Mesoamerican Archaeology
Mesoamerican archaeology, ceramic analysis, linguistics, burial sites

Arslan Zaidi

  • Genetics Program Graduate Student

Human-Environment Interaction, Emergence of Social Complexity, European Prehistory, Faunal Analysis, Stable Isotopes, Human & Animal Diet Modeling, Spread of Agriculture & Animal Husbandry, Mortuary Archaeology, Warfare