Promoted to Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
H. Kory Cooper received his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2007 from the University of Alberta and joined the faculty at Purdue in 2008. He is an archaeologist who studies the relationship between culture and technology past and present. One of his major research foci has been an examination of metallurgical innovation among Hunter-Gatherer societies in the Arctic, Subarctic, and Northwest Coast regions of North America, before and after the arrival of Europeans. This research, funded by the National Science Foundation, involves the use of materials science methods to examine the composition of metal artifacts and understand how they were made and used. He holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Materials Engineering and is also a faculty affiliate in the Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering. Although much of his work as an archaeologists focuses on ancient and historic technology, he is currently part of an interdisciplinary research project on e-waste funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Cooper has published articles in American Antiquity, Arctic Anthropology, World Archaeology, and Journal of Archaeological Science. Before joining the faculty at Purdue Cooper held various positions as an archaeologist working for state and federal agencies and in the private sector, and has done archaeological fieldwork in Alaska, California, Jordan, and Sudan.