Faculty

Archaeology

Biological Anthropology

Linguistic Anthropology

Sociocultural Anthropology


Archaeology

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William H. Isbell

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Anthropology and archaeology of the Americas
  • Andean prehistory
  • ancient cultures of Peru and Bolivia
  • Wari and the Central Andean middle horizon
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Sebastien C.P. Lacombe

Research Assistant Professor/Director of Undergraduate Studies

Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Archaeopetrography
  • lithic analysis and sourcing
  • landscape archaeology
  • experimental archaeology
  • CRM
  • Prehistoric Europe
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Carl P. Lipo

Professor; Associate Dean for Research and Programs

Environmental Studies Program; Anthropology; Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Evolution of Past Human Populations
  • Models of Cultural Transmission
  • Methods in Remote Sensing, Geophysics
  • North American Prehistory, Prehistory of the Pacific
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David W. Mixter

Research Assistant Professor

Environmental Studies Program; Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Archaeology of the Ancient Maya
  • Comparative Studies of Societal Collapse and Recovery
  • Frontiers and Early Complexity
  • Social Dynamics of Urban Landscapes
  • Collective Memory
  • GIS and Spatial Analysis
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Maria O'Donovan

Senior Staff Assistant; Director of MAPA Program

Public Archaeology Facility; Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Cultural Resource Management and Heritage
  • Historical and Contemporary Archaeology
  • Northeastern United States
  • Social Theory
  • Landscape
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Kathleen A. Sterling

Associate Professor

Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Lithic Analysis
  • Feminism and Gender
  • Communities of Practice
  • Sociopolitics of Archaeology
  • Ethics of Archaeology
  • Prehistoric Europe
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Ruth M. Van Dyke

Professor

Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Southwest United States
  • Landscape, place, and space
  • Social theory
  • Phenomenology, materiality, and representation
  • Historical archaeology
  • Archaeology of pilgrimage
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Nina M. Versaggi

Retired, Senior Research Associate

Public Archaeology Facility

Research Interests

  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Northeastern U.S. Archaeology
  • Hunter-Gatherer Land Use Patterns
  • American Battlefield Archaeology
  • Native American Consultations

Biological Anthropology

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Elizabeth DiGangi

Associate Professor

Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Forensic anthropology
  • Population-specific standards
  • Age-at-death estimation
  • Trauma analysis
  • Prehistoric and historic health; stress; and well-being
  • Latin America; Caribbean; Europe
  • Bioarchaeology; Paleopathology
  • North Africa
  • North America
  • Ancestry & social race
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Ralph M. Garruto

Professor/Director, BU Biospecimen Archive Facility

Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Natural Experimental Models
  • Population Health
  • Biomedical Anthropology
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Health Transitions
  • Infectious and Chronic Disease

Research Activities

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D. Andrew Merriwether

Professor

Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Ancient DNA/PaleoGenomics
  • Molecular Anthropology
  • Peopling of the New World and The Pacific
  • Plant and Animal Domestication
  • Population Genetics/Phylogenetics
  • Forensic DNA
  • Molecular Epidemiology
  • Biomedical Anthropology
  • Evolutionary Biology/Molecular Evolution
  • Paleodemography
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Deborah Schechter

Instructor/Director of Graduate Program in Biomedical Anthropology

Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Health disparities
  • Risk-taking behavior
  • Biocultural models of health and disease
  • Community-based research methods
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Katherine Wander

Associate Professor

Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology and Global Health
  • infectious disease ecology
  • immune function
  • growth and development
  • nutrition
  • female circumcision
  • East Africa
  • West Africa

Linguistic Anthropology

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Douglas J. Glick

Associate Professor; TRIP Courtesy Title

Linguistics Program; Anthropology; Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP)

Research Interests

  • Linguistic anthropology
  • semiotics
  • mass media
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Sabina Perrino

Associate Professor/Director of Linguistics Program

Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Intimacy in Interaction
  • Language use in Ethnomedical Encounters & Political Speeches
  • Oral Narratives as Discursive Practices
  • Racialized Language in Everyday Conversation
  • Spatiotemporal Relations (Chronotope)
  • Research Methods in Linguistic Anthropology
  • Fitness Culture and Practices

Sociocultural Anthropology

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Deborah A. Elliston

Assistant Professor

Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Feminist Anthropology
  • Sexuality Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Nationalism
  • Modernity
  • Oceania/Pacific
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Carmen A. Ferradás

Associate Professor

Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Anthropology and Development
  • Political Ecology
  • Consumption
  • Urban Anthropology
  • Borders
  • Globalization
  • Latin America
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Joshua Reno

Professor/Graduate Director

Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Environment
  • science and technology studies
  • semiotics
  • material culture
  • North America
  • United Kingdom
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Thomas M. Wilson

Professor

Anthropology

Research Interests

  • National identity and nationalism; international borders and frontiers; ethnicity and ethnic conflict; political ritual and symbolism; commercial farming; agrarian economic strategies and politics; public policy and interest group formation; local government and political parties; cinema and popular culture; European integration; the borderlands of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hungary, Canada, and the United States.
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Matthew Wolf-Meyer

Associate Professor

Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Critical Medical Anthropology
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
  • Disability Studies
  • Global Social Theory
  • The Biology of Everyday Life