H. Kory Cooper

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology and Materials Engineering
  • Cooper received his PhD at the University of Alberta in 2007 and joined the department as an Assistant Professor in 2008.

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Department Information

 
Anthropology // Faculty

Office Information

  • Office: STON 322A
  • Office Phone: (765) 496-7430
  • Office Hours: Fall17 ANTH 379/TTH 1:30-2:30, ANTH 589/Tues. 2:30-3:30 or by appointment
  • E-mail: hkcooper@purdue.edu
  • Courses

  • ANTH 201 – Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory
    ANTH 313 – Archaeology of North America
    ANTH 377 – Hunter-gatherer Societies
    ANTH 379 – Native American Cultures
    ANTH 589 – Archaeology and Materials Science

  • Specialization

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

  • Professor Cooper studies innovation and culture change using a behavioral archaeology framework. One of his major research areas is Pre-Contact native copper innovation among Arctic, Subarctic, and Northwest Coast Hunter-Gatherers, and the adoption of trade metal in these regions following contact with Europeans. This research is ongoing as well as his investigations of historic period metals and metallurgy in the far northwest. More recently Cooper has been applying a behavioral archaeology approach in studying the e-waste problem as part of an interdisciplinary research group at Purdue. Prospective graduate students interested in any of these topics, including the use of native copper in other times and places, should contact Professor Cooper via email.  

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