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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

James Doyle

  • Director of the Matson Museum

(814) 865-2033

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

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

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


George Chaplin

  • Senior Research Associate

(814) 865-2509

Carter Clinton

  • Post Doctoral Scholar

Ancient DNA, Human Evolutionary Genomics

Lily DeMars

  • Post Doctoral Scholar

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

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

  • Assistant Research Professor

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

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

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

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

Laura Perez

  • M.D./Ph.D. Graduate Student

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
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

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 E. 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

Joseph Michels

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Claire Milner

  • Associate Research Professor and Curator & Director of Exhibits

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

David Webster

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Kenneth Weiss

  • Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Genetics

James Wood

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Demography

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

Bianca L. Gentil

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

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