Cooper received his PhD at the University of Alberta in 2007 and joined the department as an Assistant Professor in 2008.
Technology and Innovation, Archaeology and Ethnohistory of Northwest North America, Hunter-Gatherers, Social Complexity, Archaeometallurgy, E-Waste
ANTH 201 – Introduction to Archaeology and World PrehistoryANTH 313 – Archaeology of North AmericaANTH 377 – Hunter-gatherer SocietiesANTH 379 – Native American CulturesANTH 589 – Archaeology and Materials Science
Professor Cooper studies innovation and culture change using a behavioral archaeology framework. For several years he has been investigating the use of native copper by hunter-gatherers and its relationship to emergent social complexity in the western Subarctic and has more recently expanded this research to include the Central Canadian Arctic and Northwest Coast. In order to investigate indigenous copper metallurgy Cooper has developed expertise in archaeometallurgy and collaborates with the School of Materials Engineering. His research into native copper innovation is ongoing as are investigations into the indigenous use of trade metal in northwest North America. More recently he has been collaborating with colleagues in the College of Engineering on an investigation of the archaeology and anthropology of e-waste. For more information, including advice for prospective graduate students, please visit my personal homepage: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~hkcooper/