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Myrdene Anderson
STON 356
(765) 494-4687
Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics

Ethnological Theory, Linguistics, Semiotics, Cognitive Science, Ecology, Systems Theory, Nonequilibrium Dynamics, and Philosophy of Science.  Lapland, Fennoscandia, Circumpolar Cultures, Regions of Pastoralism and Nomadism, Areas of High Latitudes and High Altitudes.

Melanie Beasley

Assistant Professor

Biological anthropology, human-environment interactions, stable isotope ecology, paleoanthropology, human evolution, bioarchaeology, prehistoric diet and health, forensic anthropology, stable isotope forensics for predicting region-of-origin, human versus non-human bone identification, and decomposition/post-mortem interval estimation.

Sherylyn Briller
STON 317
(765) 494-4683
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Sherylyn Briller is an applied cultural/medical anthropologist specializing in aging, life course, disability, end-of-life issues and global health. 

Michele Buzon
STON 314
(765) 494-4680
Graduate Director, Professor of Anthropology

bioarchaeology, paleopathology, culture contact, biological and ethnic identity, environmental stress, Nile Valley

H. Kory Cooper
(765) 496-7430
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Materials Engineering

Technology and Innovation, Archaeology and Ethnohistory of Northwest North America, Hunter-Gatherers, Social Complexity, Archaeometallurgy, E-Waste

Risa Cromer

Specialization: Anthropology of Biomedicine, Feminist Science and Technology Studies, Reproductive Politics, Reproductive and Genetic Technologies, Tissue Economies, Evangelical Christianity, Social Movements, Mental Health, Veterans, United States

Andrew Flachs
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Environmental Anthropology, Political Ecology, Agriculture, Qualitative Methods, Food Studies, Ethnobiology, Alternative Agriculture including Genetically Modified Organisms and Organic agriculture, South Asia, North America, Eastern Europe


Ellen Gruenbaum
STON 219
(765) 496-7422
Professor of Anthropology

Women’s health issues, human rights, gender, religious practices, and development in Africa and the Middle East.

Jennifer Lee Johnson

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

multispecies ethnography | anthrohistory | science and technology studies | feminist political ecology | African studies | environmental justice | marine and freshwater fisheries | eastern Africa | U.S. Great Lakes

Ian Lindsay
STON 313
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Origins of political complexity; ceramic analysis; landscapes as media for political authority; household archaeology; GIS and remote sensing; Caucasus


Stacy M. Lindshield
STON 311
(765) 494-5008
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

primate behavior, ecology, nutrition, conservation, hunting, food sharing, tool use, biological corridors, ethnoprimatology, predation, competition, Senegal, Costa Rica

Zoe Nyssa
Assistant Professor

 Expert and technical cultures, environmental/climate policy and practice, anthropology of science and technology, applied anthropology, organizational strategy, future making, global challenges, computational and mixed methods, epistemology and ethics, risk.

Holly Okonkwo
Assistant professor

Specialization: Anthropology of Science, Postcolonial and Feminist Science and Technology Studies, Anthropology of Education, Applied Anthropology, Human-Centered Design, Black Feminist Theory, Intersectionality, Gender

Erik Otárola-Castillo
STON 312
Assistant Professor

Evolution, ecology and diversity of behavior in prehistoric and modern populations of hunter-gatherers; effects that climatic change, variation of food-availability and-distribution had on the diet of some of the first North American native populations.

Melissa Remis
STON 315
(765) 496-1514
Department Head-Professor of Anthropology

Africa; Central African Republic; Biological Anthropology: Primate Ecology and Behavior; Human Ecology; Nutrition; Conservation Biology; Hunter-gatherers; Environment; Sustainable Development; Ecology; Wildlife; Gender.  

Amanda Veile
STONE 316 (Lab: Stone 153)
(765) 494-2376
Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology

Evolution of the human life course, human reproductive and behavioral ecology, immuno-nutritional development of infants and children, lactation and evolutionary obstetrics, Latin American indigenous health.

Dr. Veile directs the Laboratory for Behavior, Ontogeny and Reproduction (LABOR), a biohazard level-2 wet lab with capacity to run Enzyme Linked Immunoassays (ELISA) to measure metabolic hormones and immunoproteins in human saliva and dried blood spots (

Laura Zanotti
STON 323
(765) 496-7226
Associate Professor, Anthropology

feminist political ecology, space and place, decolonizing and collaborative methodologies, digital anthropology, communities and conservation

Adjunct Faculty

Elizabeth Briody

Adjunct Professor

Visiting Assistant Professor

Jody Taylor Watkins
BRNG 1153
Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Elizabeth Wirtz
Visiting Assistant Professor

Courtesy Faculty

Elizabeth Brite

Assistant Professor
Kimberly Marion Suiseeya

Adjunct Faculty
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University

Environmental Policy

Kendall Roark
STEW 174a
Assistant Professor of Library Science and Courtesy Faculty, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Emeriti Faculty

Evelyn Blackwood

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Gender and sexuality, kinship, self and identity, lesbian identity, transgender studies, women’s same-sex relations, globalization and sexuality, transnational feminisms, feminist theory, social movements, Island Southeast Asia, U.S. LGBT history

Richard Blanton

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology; Courtesy Faculty of Political Science

Archaeology, economic anthropology, regional analysis, political anthropology, cross-cultural analysis, theory.

Riall Nolan
STON 219
(765) 496-2014
Emeritus of Anthropology

International development, cross-cultural adaptation, and applied anthropology.

Limited Term Lecturers

Kalliopi Christodoulaki
Limited Term Lecturer
Brandi Wren

Research Affiliate

Visiting Scholars

Lane Fargher

Research Affiliate
El Hassan Ahmed Mohammed

Research Affiliate
B. Katherine Smith

Research Affiliate

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