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  4. Staff
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  9. Alumni

Department Head

Timothy Ryan

  • Head and 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

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

(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

James Doyle

  • Director of the Matson Museum

(814) 865-2033

jdoyle@psu.edu

Archaeology of the Americas, material and visual culture, museum studies, decolonization/indigenization, ancient politics, Maya civilization

Kirk French

  • 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

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 Professor of Anthropology

ngj2@psu.edu

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

kuk2@psu.edu

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

Stephanie Marciniak

  • Assistant Research Professor

szm316@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

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

George Chaplin

  • Senior Research Associate

(814) 865-2509

guc5@psu.edu

Carter Clinton

  • Post Doctoral Scholar

cpc5945@psu.edu

Ancient DNA, Human Evolutionary Genomics

Lily DeMars

  • Post Doctoral Scholar

lvd5263@psu.edu

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

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

  • Research Technologist

(814) 865-2313

swr5324@psu.edu

Sharon Kuo

  • Post Doctoral Scholar

(814) 865-0796

skk5802@psu.edu

Tina Lasisi

  • Post Doctoral Scholar

tpl5158@psu.edu

Human variation, hair morphology, evolution, pigmentation

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

Tess Wilson

  • Research Technologist

(814) 867-0454

tmw119@psu.edu

Staff

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

Kaitlin Nelson

  • Administrative Support Coordinator

(814) 867-0005

kot5176@psu.edu

Melanie Port

  • Administrative Support Assistant

(814) 865-9752

map110@psu.edu

Graduate Students

Chiamaka Anyanwu

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

cla5510@psu.edu

Toe Aung

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 867-0015

txa96@psu.edu

Sojung Baek

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

skb5914@psu.edu

Grace Bowland

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

gbb5216@psu.edu

Dani Buffa

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

(814) 867-0003

dcbuffa@psu.edu

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

amg812@psu.edu

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

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

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

Leah Gallo

  • IUG Graduate Student

lng5145@psu.edu

Tori D. Gamel

  • IUG Graduate Student

tdg5210@psu.edu

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

Abigail Shahar Gancz

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

asg5573@psu.edu

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

Jeffrey Grossi

  • IUG Graduate Student

jlg5501@psu.edu

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

Timothy Hay

  • IUG Graduate Student

tnh5130@psu.edu

Diego Hernandez

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

dah65@psu.edu

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

Joon Hwang

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

jqh6104@psu.edu

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

Abiola Ibirogba

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

aji5208@psu.edu

Louis James

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

lbj5166@psu.edu

Makenna Lenover

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

mbl66@psu.edu

Chloe McGuire

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 863-2244

clm80@psu.edu

Dithapelo Medupe

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

dzm5868@psu.edu

Catherine Mendel, (she/her)

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

cem581@psu.edu

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

Nafi Mohammad Ali

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

nbm5522@psu.edu

Rachel Palkovitz

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student
  • University Graduate Fellow

rep5378@psu.edu

Laura Perez

  • M.D./Ph.D. Graduate Student

ldp5186@psu.edu

Kara Peters

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

kdp5274@psu.edu

Heather Ramsey

  • IUG Graduate Student

hlb5001@psu.edu

Clare Randolph

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

clarerandolph@psu.edu

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

mks5587@psu.edu

Casey Sennett

  • IUG Graduate Student

cms7542@psu.edu

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

Laura Stelson

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

(814) 865-5342

lfs20@psu.edu

Christine Ta

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

cjt5751@psu.edu

Sarah Taylor

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

set5408@psu.edu

Kaley Tucker

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

kjt5552@psu.edu

Megan F. Veltri

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

mfv5@psu.edu

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

Affiliated Graduate Students

Emily Gagne

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student in Ecology

erg5315@psu.edu

Christian E. Herrera

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

ceh364@psu.edu

Jinguo Huang

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

jzh774@psu.edu

Alexis Sullivan

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student in Biology

(814) 863-3869

aps216@psu.edu

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

Amy Wrobleski

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student in Ecology

acw208@psu.edu

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

plj2@psu.edu

Joseph Michels

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

j4m@psu.edu

Claire Milner

  • Associate Research Professor and Curator & Director of Exhibits

cmm8@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

drs17@psu.edu

David Webster

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

dxw16@psu.edu

Kenneth Weiss

  • Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Genetics

kmw4@psu.edu

James Wood

  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Demography

jww3@psu.edu

Courtesy Appointments

Santhosh Girirajan

  • Associate Professor of Genomics in the Department of Biochemistry and 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

  • 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

  • Teaching Professor of Biology and Anthropology

(814) 863-1154

jrw8@psu.edu

Alumni

Landscape Archaeology and GIS

Richard Bankoff

  • Ph.D. Graduate, 2020

rjb398@psu.edu

Gina M. Buckley

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

gmb226@psu.edu

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

Bianca L. Gentil

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

bug156@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

Nadia Johnson

  • Ph.D. Graduate 2020

nej5030@psu.edu

Eric Jones

  • Ph.D. Graduate, 2008

jonesee@wfu.edu

Emily Kate

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

exk5224@psu.edu

Mesoamerican Archaeology, Bioarchaeology, Paleodemography, and Migration Studies
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

Kate M. Lesciotto

  • Ph.D. Graduate 2020

kjl5444@psu.edu

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

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

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

Ziyu (Raining) Wang

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student

zzw117@psu.edu

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

Julie White

  • Ph.D. Graduate 2019

jdw345@psu.edu

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

Eric Young

  • Graduate Student

eey105@psu.edu

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

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