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H. Kory Cooper

H. Kory Cooper

Associate Professor // Anthropology

Director // Native American and Indigenous Studies // SIS

Associate Professor // SIS

Curriculum vitae

Office and Contact

Room: STON 355


Phone: (765) 496-7430


ANTH 201 – Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory
ANTH 210 - Technology and Culture
ANTH 256 - Archaeology of Beer
ANTH 313 – Archaeology of North America
ANTH 377 – Hunter-gatherer Societies
ANTH 379 – Native American Cultures
ANTH 589 – Archaeology and Materials Science

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

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.