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Anthropology and Museum Studies

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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

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

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
Department Chair

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

Kristen Drury, M.S.

Interests & Expertise: Forensic science, firearm and tool mark analysis, latent fingerprint comparison and analysis, crime scene reconstruction, shooting reconstruction, gunshot residue analysis, serial number restoration, microscopy, research and teaching

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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