Anthropology Faculty & Staff


Graduate Director

Full-time Faculty

Orisanmi Burton Asst Professor CAS - Anthropology

As a social anthropologist working in the United States, my research examines the imbrication of grassroots resistance and state repression. Within this broad area of inquiry, my present work explores

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Arvenita Cherry Public Anthropologist-in-Residence CAS - Anthropology

Arvenita Washington Cherry is a socio-cultural and educational anthropologist with expertise on the African Diaspora, race and ethnicity, and racism. Her research focuses on social constructions of bl

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C. Anne Claus Assoc Professor CAS - Anthropology

C. Anne Claus is a cultural anthropologist who researches environmental issues in contemporary seascapes, primarily in Japan. Her academic work investigates how the interplay of international and loca

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Zev Cossin Professorial Lecturer CAS - Anthropology

Zev Cossin is an historical archaeologist and environmental anthropologist, specializing in the Ecuadorian Andes. His research integrates archaeological, archival, oral historical and ethnographic res

Thomas Husted Professor and Department Chair, Anthropology CAS - Economics

My research examines the political economy of various government expenditure programs, including primary and secondary education, income redistribution, and federal disaster aid.

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Manissa Maharawal Asst Professor CAS - Anthropology

I am a cultural anthropologist and critical geographer whose work focuses on eviction, race, displacement and the spatial and temporal dynamics of contemporary urban social movements from Occupy Wall

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Mubbashir Rizvi Professorial Lecturer CAS - Anthropology

My research and teaching interests span social movements, political ecology, racial capitalism in South Asia and its diasporas. My book, The Ethics of Staying: Social Movements and Land Rights in Paki

Thurka Sangaramoorthy Professor CAS - Anthropology

I am a cultural and medical anthropologist and public health researcher with 22 years of experience conducting community-engaged ethnographic research among vulnerable populations in the United States

Daniel Sayers Assoc Professor CAS - Anthropology

In over two decades working in the field of Historical Archaeology, Dr. Sayers has covered a wide range of people, places, and social issues in his research. Dr. Sayers builds from a Marx-indebted wor

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Gretchen Schafft Public Anthropologist-in-Residence CAS - Anthropology

The major foci of Gretchen Schafft’s career have been minority/majority interface, social justice, education and access to health care in the United States. In addition to her doctorate in anthropolog

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Sue Taylor Public Anthropologist in Residence CAS - Anthropology

Taylor had extensive experience in nursing administration and clinical practice when she pursued a career in anthropology focusing on issues of health and gerontology. She directed a graduate program

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David Vine Professor CAS - Anthropology

I am the author of The United States of War: A Global History of America’s Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State (University of California Press, 2020), which is the third

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Rachel Watkins Assoc Professor CAS - Anthropology

I am a biocultural anthropologist whose work focuses on African American biohistory and social history, bioanthropological research practices and histories of (US) American biological anthropology. In

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Buck Woodard Professorial Lecturer CAS - Anthropology

Buck Woodard is a cultural anthropologist specializing in historical and applied research, with interests in ethnographic and ethnohistorical writing, and ethnological study of indigenous North Americ

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