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Research Interests

The research interests of our 15 full-time faculty members reflect the broad mandate of anthropology as a discipline. We cover the traditional four subfields of anthropology: archeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and socio-cultural anthropology; this includes strengths in forensic anthropology and the anthropology of health.

Our faculty members study a broad array of topics including:

  • Studying everyday linguistic, material, and bodily practices in relation to religious, cultural, and global identities in Eastern Africa (Hillewaert)
  • The pre-contact history of Indigenous societies in northeastern North America, and the origins of food production in temperate and tropical regions (Smith)
  • Exploring the intersection of ecological worldviews, social justice, and faith-based environmental practice (Scharper)
  • The relationship between sleep and cognition within the primate order with a focus on human evolution (Samson)
  • Exploring the evolutionary processes underlying morphological diversity in hominin evolution (Schroeder)
  • Exploring struggles for public water in contemporary Europe (Muelebach)
  • Patterns of growth and health in northern Indigenous populations (Galloway)
  • The study of technological changes, urbanization, labour mobilization, and cultural transmission in ancient China (Xie)
  • The study of how Euro-American scientists produce knowledge about climate change and energy (Sanders)
  • The structures of social interaction and the coordination language, gesture and gaze in the Caribbean (Sidnell)
  • Origins of agriculture, ancient human ecology and human-plant interactions in eastern North America, Japan and China (Crawford)
  • Signatures and citizenship in contemporary India (Cody)
  • The relationship between genetics and human evolution (Parra)
  • Research related to crime scene investigation (Rogers)
  • The exploration of ancient pyrotechnologies in South Asia (Miller)

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Goals

  • Our common goal is to advance knowledge of who we are and how we came to be that way. 
  • We are all dedicated to disseminating anthropological knowledge though teaching, research, writing, and other forms of outreach.
  • Our goal as a department is to train our anthropology students in the fundamentals of all of the discipline’s subfields. We aim to produce students who are curious about the world in its complexity, and who are well versed in the skills, theories, and databases of one or more of our discipline’s subfields. 

We [anthropologists] have been the first to insist on a number of things: that the world does not divide into the pious and the superstitious; that there are sculptures in jungles and paintings in deserts; that political order is possible without centralized power and principled justice without codified rules; that the norms of reason were not fixed in Greece, the evolution of morality not consummated in England. Most important, we were the first to insist that we see the lives of others through lenses of our own grinding and that they look back on ours through ones of their own. 

--Clifford Geertz