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Anthropology and Museum Studies

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Phone: (509) 963-3201

Faculty & Staff

J. Hope Amason, PhD, 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


Penelope Anderson, BA, Senior Secretary


Lynn Bethke, MA, Collections Manager, Museum of Culture & Environment

Interests & Expertise: Museum collections care, object preservation, museum technology, museum administration, exhibit design

Steven Hackenberger, PhD, Professor

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


Lourdes Henebry DeLeon, MA, NAGPRA Director


Interests & Expertise: Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act, indigenizing bioarcheology and human remains documentation, restorative methodologies, histories of collecting and collections, North America




Nicole Jastremski, PhD, Assistant Professor
Director, Forensics Certificate

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

Patrick M. Lubinski, PhD, Professor, Department Chair

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

Jessica A. Mayhew, PhD, Associate Professor
on sabbatical 2022-2023

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

Patrick T. McCutcheon, PhD, 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, PhD, 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, PhD, 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, PhD, Professor

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


Karisa Terry, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Interests & Expertise: Archaeology, Paleolithic adaptations, hunter-gatherer-fishers, migration, evolutionary archaeology, chipped stone, ceramics, Northeast Asia

Penglin Wang, PhD, Professor

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

Part-time Faculty & Research Associates

Josh Allen, MS, Research Associate

Interests & Expertise:  Cultural Resource Management, Washington, Oregon, and California cultural resource law and regulation, historical archaeology, Plateau pre-contact history, lithic analysis 

Kathleen Barlow, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Senior Lecturer

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


Anthony Denise, MS, Research Associate

Interests & Expertise:  nonhuman primate behavior and biology; captive animal care, management and welfare



Mary Lee Jensvold, PhD, Senior Lecturer

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


Alexandra J. Lewis-Lorentz, PhD, Research Associate

Interests & Expertise:   Applied Anthropology - bilingual/multilingual video/film production with a focus on farmworker health and safety; visual anthropology, ethnohistory, native peoples of the American northeast, medical anthropology, sociocultural anthropology; identity as tied to place, storytelling and human migration, Mexico:  prehistory, history and culture.  (see,

Timothy McHale, PhD, Lecturer

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, MS, Lecturer, Research Associate

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


Angela Neller, MA, Lecturer, Research Associate

Interests & Expertise:   Museums, repatriation, rights of indigenous peoples, curation, community collaboration, indigeneity and decolonization, cultural resource management; Columbia Plateau, Hawaii 




Megan Partlow, PhD, Research Associate

Interests & Expertise:  Archaeology, vertebrate zooarchaeology, fish remains, coastal Alaska, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains 

Isabelle Sarton Miller, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Research Associate

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


Sara Vickers, MS, Lecturer

Interests & Expertise:  Forensic anthropology, human osteology, cultural resource management, water resources in the Yakima Basin, tributary supplementation, and restoration.

Professor Emeritus

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

Tracy J. Andrews, PhD, Professor Emeritus

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, PhD, Professor Emeritus

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, PhD, Professor Emeritus

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

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