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Phone: (509) 963-3201


J. Hope Amason, Associate Professor
Director, Museum of Culture and Environment

Interests & Expertise: Political economy and globalization, politics of representation, race, class, and gender, museums, memorials, and heritage sites, tourism studies, Appalachia, US South

Marwa Ghazali, Assistant Professor 

ON LEAVE 2021-2022

Dr. Ghazali is a McMillan Stewart Fellowship recipient, Du Bois Fellows Program at the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Interests & Expertise: Critical medical anthropology; global health; political economy; violence; displacement; migration; embodiment; trauma; chronic conditions; Africa, Middle East, and US diasporas

Steven Hackenberger, Professor

Interests & Expertise: Cultural ecology, archaeology, cultural resource management, North America, Meso-America and Caribbean cultures

Nicole Jastremski, Assistant Professor
Director, Forensic Certificate

Interests & Expertise: Biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, mortuary analysis, paleopathology, taphonomy, identity formation, Ecuador

Patrick M. Lubinski, Professor, Department Chair

Interests & Expertise: Archaeology, zooarchaeology, methods, cultural resource management, western North America

Jessica A. Mayhew, Associate Professor
Director, Primate Behavior & Ecology Program

Interests & Expertise: Biological anthropology, primate social behavior and socio-cognition, ethnoprimatology, the large-bodied apes, play behavior

Patrick T. McCutcheon, Professor 
Co-Director, Cultural and Environmental Resource Management

Interests & Expertise: Archaeology, evolutionary theoretical perspectives, fieldwork and laboratory methods, archaeometry, lithic analysis, cultural resource management, North American prehistory

Lene Pedersen, Professor

Interests & Expertise: Cultural anthropology, visual anthropology, symbolic anthropology, ecological anthropology, ritual, social organization, post-colonialism, southeast Asia (Indonesia), circumpolar north, sub-saharan Africa, natural resource management

Rodrigo F. Rentería-Valencia, Assistant Professor

Interests & Expertise: Environmental anthropology, linguistic anthropology, semiotics, visual anthropology, ritual and performance theory, human geography, maritime anthropology, indigenous studies. Ethnographic Specialization: the greater Southwest (including northern Mexico)

Lori K. Sheeran, Professor

Interests & Expertise: Biological anthropology, primates of Asia, primate conservation, primate social behavior

Penglin Wang, Professor

Interests & Expertise: Linguistic anthropology, linguistics, cognitive anthropology, cultural anthropology, Asian studies, Central Eurasia, China


Kathleen Barlow, Ph.D.

Interests & Expertise: Learning and culture, childhood, psychological anthropology, museum anthropology, symbolism, gender, art and aesthetics, material culture, regional ethnography, Melanesia, Oceania, United States


Mary Lee Jensvold, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer

Interests & Expertise: Chimpanzee sign language studies, ape behavior, communication, culture, chimpanzee care & enrichment, non-verbal behavior (see Fauna Foundation)

Timothy McHale, Ph.D

Interests & Expertise:  Biocultural perspectives on the evolution of human behavior and physiology; evolution of middle childhood; behavioral endocrinology; life history theory; evolutionary psychology; evolution of human sexuality; sports physiology; competition; Hong Kong children

J.B. Mulcahy, M.S.

Interests & Expertise: Captive primate welfare, environmental enrichment, chimpanzee behavior (see Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest)

Isabelle Sarton Miller, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer

Interests & Expertise: Bio-cultural anthropology, adaptation to extreme environments: High altitude (Altiplano of Bolivia), cold (Northern territories, Canada, Alaska), hot and humid (Saint Kitts)

Karisa Terry, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer

Interests & Expertise: Update coming soon!


John Alsoszatai-Petheo, In Memoriam (1949-2019)

Tracy J. Andrews, Ph.D.

Interests & Expertise: Sociocultural anthropology, Native Americans, ecological and natural resource anthropology, medical anthropology, political ecology, gender, minority and international health issues, ethnicity, identity, and cultural dynamics

Loran E. Cutsinger, Ph.D.

Interests & Expertise: Economic/ecological anthropology, gender studies, cultural anthropology, Caribbean/Latin America, US, Russia, Middle East, Native Americans of the Northern Rockies

Anne S. Denman, In Memorium (1938-2020)

Raymond A. Hall, In Memoriam (1949-2018)

William C. Smith, Ph.D.

Interests & Expertise: Archaeology, world Prehistory, museum studies, collections management, and computer applications

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