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  5. Graduate Students
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  9. Alumni

Department Head

Timothy Ryan

  • Head and Associate Professor of Anthropology

(814) 867-0005

tmr21@psu.edu

human evolution, trabecular bone, biomechanics, skeletal biology microCT

Faculty

Douglas Bird

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology

(814) 863-1096

dwb5537@psu.edu

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

Rebecca Bliege Bird

  • Professor of Anthropology

(814) 863-2391

rub33@psu.edu

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

José M. Capriles

  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology

(814) 865-7835

juc555@psu.edu

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

Kristina G. Douglass

  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology

(814) 865-2937

kdouglass@psu.edu

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

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Anthropology

(814) 865-1142

kirkdfrench@psu.edu

Social and Economic Impacts of Alcohol, Documentary Film

Sagan Friant

  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology

(814) 865-3129

srf215@psu.edu

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

Luke Glowacki

  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology

(814) 867-0013

lxg272@psu.edu

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

Ken Hirth

  • Professor of Anthropology

(814) 863-9647

kgh2@psu.edu

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

Nina Jablonski

  • Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology

ngj2@psu.edu

Paleoanthropology, Human adaptation, Skin pigmentation, Human diversity, STEM education

Kazuhiko Kawasaki

  • Associate Research Professor of Anthropology

(814) 863-0032

kuk2@psu.edu

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

sxm27@psu.edu

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

Claire Milner

  • Associate Research Professor and Curator & Director of Exhibits

(814) 865-2033

cmm8@psu.edu

George Milner

  • Distinguished Professor of Anthropology

(814) 865-2509

ost@psu.edu

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

Susan Motch Perrine

  • Assistant Research Professor of Anthropology

qzk2@psu.edu

Abderrahim Ouarghidi

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of African Studies and Anthropology

(814) 865-5406

auo45@psu.edu

Laurel Pearson

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Anthropology

(814) 863-7740

lnp123@psu.edu

George (PJ) Perry

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology and Biology

(814) 863-7654

ghp3@psu.edu

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

dap27@psu.edu

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

Joan Richtsmeier

  • Distinguished Professor of Anthropology

(814) 863-0562

jta10@psu.edu

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

Erick Rochette

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Anthropology

(814) 863-4388

etr109@psu.edu

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

axr579@psu.edu

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

mks74@psu.edu

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

Mark Shriver

  • Professor of Anthropology

(814) 863-1078

mds17@psu.edu

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

lsw132@psu.edu

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

Researchers

Anne Buchanan

  • Adjunct Senior Research Associate in Anthropology

abw1@psu.edu

George Chaplin

  • Senior Research Associate

(814) 865-2509

guc5@psu.edu

Alejandra Domic

  • Post Doctoral Scholar in Paleoethnobotany

(814) 865-7835

aid4@psu.edu

Emily Durham

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

(814) 865-2066

ejd5264@psu.edu

Laurie Eccles

  • Research Technologist

(814) 865-5342

lre101@psu.edu

Susan Toby Evans, Ph.D.

  • Series Editor, Occasional Papers in Anthropology

(814) 865-2509

ste@psu.edu

Sarita Greer

  • Part-time Research Assistant

(814) 865-2313

swr5324@psu.edu

Kathleen (Katie) Grogan

  • Post Doctoral Scholar

(814) 867-0456

keg50@psu.edu

Sharon Kuo

  • Research Assistant

(814) 865-0796

skk5802@psu.edu

Stephanie Marciniak

  • Post Doctoral Scholar

(814) 867-0456

szm316@psu.edu

Nicole Moore

  • Researcher in Ancient DNA

(814) 865-1936

nem5326@psu.edu

M. Kathleen Pitirri

  • Post Doctoral Scholar

(814) 865-2066

mup896@psu.edu

Tanambelo Rasolondrainy

  • Post Doctoral Scholar in African Environmental Archaeology

(814) 867-0003

tvr5310@psu.edu

Pat Shipman

  • Adjunct Professor of Anthropology

pls10@psu.edu

Nicholas Stephens

  • Post Doctoral Scholar

(814) 865-0796

nbs49@psu.edu

Métrey Tiv

  • Postdoctoral Scholar in Medical Anthropology and Global Health

metrey@psu.edu

#Public Health #Socioecological Systems #One Health #Zoonotic diseases #Concepts of illness #Health Seeking Behaviors #Mixed Methods Research #Critical Medical Anthropology #Health Sociology #Health Policy #Health Inequalities

Tess Wilson

  • Research Technologist

(814) 867-0454

tmw119@psu.edu

Joshua Wisor

  • Research Technologist

(814) 865-0796

jmw5805@psu.edu

Staff

Betty Blair

  • Department Head Assistant and Building Coordinator

(814) 867-0005

byb3@psu.edu

Audrey Chambers

  • Graduate Administrative Support Assistant

(814) 867-0009

amv14@psu.edu

Tammy Hosterman

  • Liberal Arts Financial Assistant

(814) 867-0021

tmk7@psu.edu

Robin Kephart

  • Administrative Support Coordinator

(814) 867-0006

rqk2@psu.edu

Graduate Students

Toe Aung

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 867-0015

txa96@psu.edu

Richard Bankoff

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 863-3869

rjb398@psu.edu

Gina M. Buckley

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

gmb226@psu.edu

Isotope Analysis, Bioarchaeology, Mesoamerican Archaeology, Mortuary Rituals, Urbanization, Paleodemography, Migration

Dani Buffa

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 867-0003

dcbuffa@psu.edu

Human-environment interactions, island and coastal archaeology, estuarine and marine resource use, paleoecology, conservation policy, ethnohistory, zooarchaeology, GIS

Jennifer C. Chen

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

juc1612@psu.edu

Ebony Creswell

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 867-0456

euc486@psu.edu

Dylan S. Davis

  • Ph.D. Candidate

(814) 867-0003

dsd40@psu.edu

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

lvd5263@psu.edu

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

Caitlin Donahue

  • IUG Graduate Student

cmd6116@psu.edu

Patrick Druggan

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

psd17@psu.edu

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

Abigail Shahar Gancz

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

asg5573@psu.edu

Bioarchaeology, Paleodemography, Paleoepidemiology, Paleopathology, aDNA, Human-environmental interactions, Ancient near east

Bianca L. Gentil

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

bug156@psu.edu

Jeffrey Grossi

  • IUG Graduate Student

jlg5501@psu.edu

America Guerra

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 865-0796

amg812@psu.edu

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

Timothy Hay

  • IUG Graduate Student

tnh5130@psu.edu

Diego Hernandez

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

dah65@psu.edu

Margarita Hernandez

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

mzh235@psu.edu

Joon Hwang

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

jqh6104@psu.edu

human cooperation, social hierarchy and inequality

Nadia Johnson

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

nej5030@psu.edu

Emily Kate

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

exk5224@psu.edu

Mesoamerican Archaeology, Bioarchaeology, Paleodemography, and Migration Studies

Tina Lasisi

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

tpl5158@psu.edu

Human variation, hair morphology, evolution, pigmentation

Makenna Lenover

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

mbl66@psu.edu

Kate M. Lesciotto

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

kjl5444@psu.edu

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

Chloe McGuire

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 863-2244

clm80@psu.edu

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

Catherine Mendel

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

cem581@psu.edu

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

Kara Peters

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

kdp5274@psu.edu

Kevin Rosenfield

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

kar61@psu.edu

Marissa Scott

  • IUG Graduate Student

mks5587@psu.edu

Talia Shirazi

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

tus37@psu.edu

Kyle Smith

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

kyle.smith@psu.edu

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

Laura Stelson

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 865-5342

lfs20@psu.edu

Suzanna (Anna) Tremblay

  • Graduate Student and AGSA President

(814) 867-0014

set190@psu.edu

Ziyu (Raining) Wang

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

zzw117@psu.edu

Julie White

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

jdw345@psu.edu

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

Sterling Wright

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

(814) 865-2509

svw5689@psu.edu

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

Abigail Zahoroiko

  • IUG Graduate Student

amz5268@psu.edu

Mesoamerican archaeology, ceramic analysis, linguistics, burial sites

Affiliated Graduate Students

Emily Gagne

  • Ecology Program Graduate Student

erg5315@psu.edu

Alexis Sullivan

  • Biology Program Graduate Student

(814) 863-3869

aps216@psu.edu

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

Emeritus

Stephen Beckerman

  • Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

stv@psu.edu

Paul Durrenberger

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

epd2@psu.edu

Patricia Johnson

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

(814) 865-3129

plj2@psu.edu

Joseph Michels

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

j4m@psu.edu

Warren Morrill

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

wtm@psu.edu

Lee Newsom

  • Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

lan12@psu.edu

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

Dean Snow

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

(814) 865-2509

drs17@psu.edu

David Webster

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

(814) 865-1897

dxw16@psu.edu

Kenneth Weiss

  • Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Genetics

(814) 865-0989

kmw4@psu.edu

James Wood

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Demography

(814) 865-1936

jww3@psu.edu

Courtesy Appointments

Santhosh Girirajan

  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Anthropology

(814) 867-4373

sxg47@psu.edu

Carter Hunt

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

(814) 863-9773

cah59@psu.edu

Ann E. Killebrew

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

(814) 865-1686

aek11@psu.edu

Bronwen Powell

  • Assistant Professor of Geography, African Studies, and Anthropology

(814) 865-1187

bxp15@psu.edu

Matthew B. Restall

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

mxr40@psu.edu

Amara Solari

  • Associate Professor of Art History and Anthropology

(814) 865-4883

als66@psu.edu

Nicole Squyres

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Biology and Anthropology

(814) 863-8019

nss28@psu.edu

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

Catherine Wanner

  • Professor of History, Anthropology and Religious Studies

cew10@psu.edu

John Waters

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Biology and Anthropology

(814) 863-1154

jrw8@psu.edu

Alumni

Landscape Archaeology and GIS
Evolution of human sexuality and applied social dynamics

Sean Carr

  • IUG Graduate Student

spc5149@psu.edu

Evolutionary psychology and human sex differences

Eric Dyrdahl

  • Profesor Auxiliar, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador

erd142@psu.edu

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

Claire Ebert

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

claire.ebert@gmail.com

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

kvf105@psu.edu

Craniofacial Development and Morphology

Lia Gavazzi

  • IUG Graduate Student

lmg311@psu.edu

Richard J. George

  • Ph.D. Graduate 2020

rjg276@psu.edu

Skeletal Age Estimation, Human Variation, Bioarchaeology, Forensic Anthropology

Jennifer Haney

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

jmh676@psu.edu

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

ejh5293@psu.edu

Alex Hill

  • Lecturer
  • Biocultural Anthropology
  • University of Washington

akhill@uw.edu

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

Sean Hixon

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 865-5342

szh5623@psu.edu

Christopher Jazwa

  • Post Doctoral Scholar

(814) 863-2244

csj111@psu.edu

Coastal Human Paleoecology, Archaeometry

Eric Jones

  • Ph.D. Graduate, 2008

jonesee@wfu.edu

bioarchaeology, paleoepidemiology, paleodemography

Logan Kistler

  • Senior Research Fellow

logankistler@gmail.com

Kelsey Kjosness

  • Ph.D. Graduate, 2017

kkjosness@psu.edu

Human Evolutionary and Developmental Biology

Sandra Koch

  • Ph.D.Graduate 2018

(814) 867-0018

slk336@psu.edu

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

Denise Liberton

  • Ph.D. Graduate, 2012

dkl130@psu.edu

Greg Luna

  • Lecturer of Anthropology

(814) 865-1341

luna@psu.edu

Mesoamerica, Chinampa Agriculture, GIS

Allison Machnicki

  • Ph.D. Penn State - 2017

alm557@psu.edu

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

Alan Moseley

  • IUG Graduate Student

apm5163@psu.edu

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

Chris Percival

  • Post Doctoral Researcher

cjpercival@gmail.com

Evolutionary Biological Anthropology and Sexual Selection

John Starbuck

  • Ph.D. Graduate, Spring 2012

jstarbuc@iupui.edu

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

jennifer.kristin.wagner@gmail.com

Martin Welker

  • Ph.D. Graduate, 2018

mhw126@psu.edu

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

Eric Young

  • Graduate Student

eey105@psu.edu

Mesoamerican Archaeology

Arslan Zaidi

  • Genetics Program Graduate Student

saz5078@psu.edu

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