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Research Specialties

Anthropology involves the comprehensive study of human experience. The most basic questions anthropologists ask are “How are humans the same, and how are they different in all times and in all places on earth?” but also “What distinguishes the human from other species and how do different humans understand that difference?” Anthropologists explore these questions by examining people through biological, archaeological, linguistic, and social lenses. Our faculty specialize in specific world regions and in specific fields of study.

Research by Geographic Regions

Africa: East, Central
Asia: East, South, Southeast
Caribbean
Eurasia
Europe
Latin America
Melanesia
Middle East

Serra Hakyemez
Assistant Professor
hakyemez@umn.edu

Gilbert Tostevin
Associate Professor
toste003@umn.edu

Aisha Ghani
Assistant Professor
aghani@umn.edu

North America, United States

Research Specialities by Discipline

Archaeology

Archaeological Theory

Steve Kosiba
Associate Professor
skosiba@umn.edu

Ceramic Analysis

Katherine Hayes
Associate Professor
kathayes@umn.edu

European Archaeology
Experimental Archaeology
Historical Archaeology

Katherine Hayes
Associate Professor
kathayes@umn.edu

Steve Kosiba
Associate Professor
skosiba@umn.edu

Landscape and Environmental Archaeology

Steve Kosiba
Associate Professor
skosiba@umn.edu

Latin American Archaeology

Steve Kosiba
Associate Professor
skosiba@umn.edu

Material Culture Studies
Microarchaeology
Neanderthal Behavior
Paleolithic Archaeology
Stone Tool Analysis
Taphonomy

Martha Tappen
Associate Professor
tappe004@umn.edu

Visual Representation & Identity
Zooarchaeology

Martha Tappen
Associate Professor
tappe004@umn.edu

Biological/Evolutionary Anthropology

Sociocultural/Linguistic

Animality/Animal Studies

Hoon Song
Associate Professor
songx080@umn.edu

Biopolitics, Science & Technology Studies

Hoon Song
Associate Professor
songx080@umn.edu

Karen-Sue Taussig
Associate Professor
taussig@umn.edu

Erin Durban
Assistant Professor
edurbana@umn.edu

Ecologies
Economy, Capitalism, Business, Finances & Class
Empire, Colonialism & Postcolonial Studies
Gender, Sexuality & LGBTQ History
Human Space Exploration

David Valentine
Associate Professor
valen076@umn.edu

Landscape, History & Memory
Linguistic

David Valentine
Associate Professor
valen076@umn.edu

Media & Representation
Medical Anthropology
Modernity & the Future
Poetry, Music, Theatre & Performance
Power Politics, Citizenship & National Identity

Serra Hakyemez
Assistant Professor
hakyemez@umn.edu

Steve Kosiba
Associate Professor
skosiba@umn.edu

Hoon Song
Associate Professor
songx080@umn.edu

Aisha Ghani
Assistant Professor
aghani@umn.edu

Race, Ethnicity, Migration & Diasporas

Katherine Hayes
Associate Professor
kathayes@umn.edu

Karen Ho
Associate Professor
karenho@umn.edu

Aisha Ghani
Assistant Professor
aghani@umn.edu

Maria Nieves-Colón
Assistant Professor
mnievesc@umn.edu

Religion & Philosophy

Steve Kosiba
Associate Professor
skosiba@umn.edu

Hoon Song
Associate Professor
songx080@umn.edu

Aisha Ghani
Assistant Professor
aghani@umn.edu

Social Justice & Human Rights

Erin Durban
Assistant Professor
edurbana@umn.edu

Aisha Ghani
Assistant Professor
aghani@umn.edu

Serra Hakyemez
Assistant Professor
hakyemez@umn.edu

David Valentine
Associate Professor
valen076@umn.edu

Social Theory
Symbolic Anthropology

Paleoanthropology