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Our department has seventeen full-time faculty members. All of our faculty members conduct anthropology-centered interdisciplinary research. Together, they specialize within our three anthropology subfields: archaeology, biological anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology.


Name Contact Office location Anthropology subfield Research specialties
William Beeman
Professor 368 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Sociocultural Anthropology peasant and nomadic societies, philosophic anthropology, action anthropology, paralinguistic and nonlinguistic semiotics, sociolinguistics and the semantics of interaction, cross-cultural comparison of theatrical and performance genres, opera, Middle East, Islamic world, Iran, South Asia, Japan, business anthropology
Rebecca Bria
Temporary Assistant Professor
371 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Archaeology  

Erin Durban-Albrecht
Assistant Professor
375 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Sociocultural Anthropology colonialism/imperialism, LGBTQI studies, political anthropology, social movements, human rights, transnational feminisms, critical theory (queer, trans*, feminist, black, decolonial, postcolonial, Marxist), transnational American studies, Haiti/ Caribbean
Katherine Hayes
Associate Professor
386 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Archaeology historical archaeology, memory, forgetting, history, heritage, colonialism in North America, ceramic analysis, material culture studies
Serra Hakyemez
Assistant Professor
365 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Sociocultural Anthropology political-legal anthropology, social theory, human rights, political violence, "war on terror", courtroom ethnography, Kurdish freedom movement, Turkey, Middle East
Karen Ho
Associate Professor
395 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Sociocultural Anthropology cultural studies of finance capital, finance, globalization, and capitalism, ethnography, feminist studies, political economy, United States, comparative race and ethnicity
Steve Kosiba
Assistant Professor
370 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Archaeology landscape archaeology, environmental anthropology, political theory, colonialism, colonial latin american history, Andean culture, indigenous politics in the Andes
Jean Langford
395 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Sociocultural Anthropology South and Southeast Asia, death and dying, haunting, violence, historical memory; healing practices and medicine, semiotics, poststructuralism, deconstruction; science studies, postcolonial studies, animal studies, biopolitics
David Lipset
395 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Sociocultural Anthropology masculinity, personhood and modernity, the state of the Pacific, symbolic, politcial-legal, and psychoanalytic anthropology, Bakhtinian dialogism, Papua New Guinea, Sepik River, the Pacific; romance, the body, nonWestern people in mass media, class cross-culturally, climate change and culture, social theory, material culture, communications technology cross-culturally, social media
Stuart McLean
Director of Graduate Studies
375 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Sociocultural Anthropology anthropology of modernity, social and cultural theory, historical anthropology, Ireland, European Union
Kieran McNulty
383 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Biological Anthropology paleoanthropology, human and primate evolution, geometric morphometrics, cranial evolution and ontogeny, East Africa
Gilliane Monnier
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor
395 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Archaeology stone tool analysis, lower and middle paleolithic Europe, neanderthal behavior, microarchaeology
Gloria Goodwin Raheja
395 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Sociocultural Anthropology cultural production in India (caste, gender and oral traditions), poetics and politics of speech and song; colonialism, culture, and colonial knowledge, colonial ethnography in nineteeth century India; the politics of representation, ethnographic history, music and industrial capitalism in Appalachia, blues music in the mountain south; landscape, history, memory
Hoon Song
Associate Professor
395 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Sociocultural Anthropology ontology of power, materiality of sovereignty, psychoanalysis, biopolitics, philosophical anthropology, animality, US/North Korea, early french anthropology
Martha Tappen
Associate Professor
395 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Biological Anthropology human evolution and adaptations, out of Africa, paleoenvironments, stone age archaeology, zooarchaeology, taphonomy
Karen-Sue Taussig
Department Chair
Associate Professor
395 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Sociocultural Anthropology medical anthropology, social and cultural implications of genetic testing, new reproductive technologies, cloning and stem cell research, genetics, eugenics, anthropology of science, biotechnology
Gilbert Tostevin
Associate Professor
379 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Archaeology human evolution, lithic technology, old world archaeology, paleolithic archaeology, cultural transmission theory, experimental archaeology, origins of modern humans, material culture
David Valentine
Associate Professor
364 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Sociocultural Anthropology cultural and linguistic anthropology, social justice movements, gender and sexuality, queer theory, the idea of the future, commercial space exploration
Peter Wells
395 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Archaeology material culture, visual representation, central Europe, culture contact, European prehistory, frontiers, Iron Age, late prehistory, Roman and early medieval periods, Roman Europe, identity, ancient Germans, ancient Celts
Michael Wilson
Associate Professor
395 Hubert H. Humphrey Center Biological Anthropology primate behavior and ecology, warfare and human evolution

Faculty Emeriti

Name Contact
Timothy Dunnigan
Professor Emeritus
Luther Gerlach
Professor Emeritus
Guy Gibbon
Professor Emeritus
Stephen Gudeman
Professor Emeritus
John Ingham
Professor Emeritus
Frank Miller
Professor Emeritus
Mischa Penn
Professor Emeritus

Affiliated Researchers

Name Contact
Amelie Allard
Visiting Scholar
Aaron Armstrong
Visiting Scholar
Lore Phillips
Visiting Scholar
Yasmeen Arif
Political Science
Melissa Brown
Minnesota Population Center; Harvard University
M. Bianet Castellanos
American Studies
Ursula Dalinghaus
Visiting Scholar
Ellen W. Demerath
Joanne B. Eicher
Katherine Erdman
Visiting Scholar
Joshua M. Feinberg
Earth Sciences & Adjunct Asst. Professor in Anthropology
G. Friedmann-Sanchez
Humphrey Institute
David Karjanen
American Studies
John D. Nichols
American Indian Studies
Maureen O'Dougherty
Food Science & Nutrition
Mark Pedelty
Journalism & Mass Communications
Riv-Ellen Prell
American Studies
Joel D. Rudney
Harvey B. Sarles
Cultural Studies
Anna Schultz
Chery Smith
Food Science & Nutrition
Elaine E. Tarone
Continuing Education; Sociolinguistics
Margaret Werry
Theatre Arts & Dance; Performance Studies
Joe Westermeyer
Psychiatry; Cross-Cultural Psychiatry

Instructional Staff

Name Contact
Niki Garrett
369 Hubert H. Humphrey Center
Amir Shiva
Graduate Instructor
375 Hubert H. Humphrey Center