Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts


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
Associate Professor of Anthropology
(814) 865-7835
Environmental archaeology, human ecology, pastoralism, South American archaeology, zooarchaeology
Assistant Research Professor in the Institutes of Energy and Environment, and Assistant Research Professor of Anthropology
James  Doyle
Director of the Matson Museum
Associate Research Professor
(814) 865-2033
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
David Webster
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
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
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
Associate Research Professor of Anthropology
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
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, and Asian Studies
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
Post Doctoral Scholar
Ancient DNA, Human Evolutionary Genomics
Research Technologist
Lily DeMars
Post Doctoral Scholar
Dr. Tim Ryan
Research Technologist
Researcher in Ancient DNA
(814) 865-1936
Human Research Technologist
Presidential Postdoctoral Scholar
Research Technologist
(814) 867-0454
Post Doctoral Scholar
Graduate Administrative Support Assistant
(814) 867-0009
Administrative Support Coordinator
(814) 867-0006
Kaitlin Nelson
Administrative Support Coordinator
(814) 867-0005
Ph.D. Graduate Student
(814) 867-0015
Ph.D. Graduate Student
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
Ph.D. Graduate Student
Ebony Creswell
Ph.D. Graduate Student
(814) 867-0456
IUG Graduate Student
Patrick  Druggan
Ph.D. Graduate Student
Human-environmental interactions, isotope biogeochemistry, GIS, paleoclimatology, modeling
IUG Graduate Student
Abigail Shahar Gancz
Ph.D. Graduate Student
Bioarchaeology, Paleodemography, Paleoepidemiology, Paleopathology, aDNA, Human-environmental interactions
Diego Hernandez
Ph.D. Graduate Student
Dr. George (PJ) Perry
Joon Hwang
Ph.D. Graduate Student
Economic anthropology, market integration, social and economic inequality, social network analysis
Ph.D. Graduate Student
Makenna Lenover
Ph.D. Graduate Student
Evolutionary medicine, human biology, irritable bowel syndrome, public health, non-communicable diseases
Chloe McGuire
Ph.D. Graduate Student
(814) 863-2244
Ph.D. Graduate Student
Catherine  Mendel
Ph.D. Graduate Student
NSF Research Trainee (LandscapeU Program)
Avian-human interactions, behavioral ecology, socio-ecological systems, domestication, zooarchaeology, and ethnoarchaeology.
Ph.D. Graduate Student
Rachel Palkovitz
Ph.D. Graduate Student
University Graduate Fellow
M.D./Ph.D. Graduate Student
Kara Peters
Ph.D. Graduate Student
IUG Graduate Student
IUG Graduate Student
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
Ph.D. Graduate Student
Megan F.  Veltri
Ph.D. Graduate Student
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
Dr. Joan T. Richtsmeier
Sterling Wright
Ph.D. Graduate Student
NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Fellow
(814) 865-2509
Laura Weyrich

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

Series Editor, Occasional Papers in Anthropology
(814) 865-2509
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
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
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Colonial Latin American History, Anthropology and Women's Studies
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
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
IUG Graduate Student
Rebecca Coleman
Graduate Student
Human-environmental interaction, settlement patterns, GIS, remote sensing, human behavioral ecology, evolutionary theory, spatial analysis, coastal & island archaeology, climate change
Evolutionary psychology and human sex differences
Eric Dyrdahl
Profesor Auxiliar, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador
Ken Hirth