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Katina Lillios
Katina Lillios

Katina Lillios, Ph.D.

Title/Position
DEO, Anthropology
Professor
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Katina Lillios is an anthropological archaeologist interested in the ways people used (and use) material culture, the remains of the dead, and monuments to create, enhance, and challenge sociopolitical difference and inequality. She is intrigued by the ways that social phenomena and cultural values come to be materialized, and how their materiality triggers social action.
Sarah Horgen
 

Sarah Horgen

Title/Position
Departmental Administrator
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Ebenezer Adeyemi
Ebenezer Adeyemi

Ebenezer Adeyemi

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Tiffany Adrain
 

Tiffany Adrain

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
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Brittany Anderson
 

Brittany Anderson

Title/Position
Treasurer, AnthGrad, 2021-2022
Graduate Student
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Brittany is currently a third year PhD student in sociocultural anthropology under the advisement of Dr. Theodore Powers. Her work is based in Freetown, Sierra Leone with those affected by the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic. Her preliminary research involved examining the long-term aftermath of home-based quarantine on economic and social relationships. Her dissertation research will work with Ebola survivors in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Margaret Beck
Margaret Beck

Margaret Beck, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
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Currently, Margaret Beck works with Native American ceramics, focusing on the Great Plains and adjacent U.S. Southwest and the characterization of ceramic pastes (including petrographic analysis). As an anthropological archaeologist, she's drawn to ceramics because they relate to so many aspects of people’s lives. These include cuisine and food preparation and serving technology; craft learning traditions within families and communities; and use of local resources and movement with a physical and social landscape.
Kyle Bikowski
 

Kyle Bikowski

Title/Position
New Student Liaison, AnthGrad, 2021-2022
Graduate Student
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Elana Buch
Elana Buch

Elana Buch, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
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Elana Buch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Iowa. A sociocultural, medical, and applied anthropologist, Dr. Buch received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan's Joint Program in Social Work and Social Science (Anthropology).  She is broadly interested in the ways that large scale sociocultural changes shape and are shaped by everyday practice and intimate relationships and how these together generate forms of social difference and inequality.
Michael Chibnik
Michael Chibnik

Michael Chibnik, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
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Most of Michael Chibnik's work has been the subfield of economic anthropology. He has conducted fieldwork on household economics, agricultural decision-making, craft production, and work organization in Belize, Peru, Mexico, and various parts of the United States. Other topical interests include agricultural systems, artisans, ethnicity, development, transnationalism, research methods (especially statistics), and the history of anthropology.
Cynthia Chou
 

Cynthia Chou, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
C. Maxwell & Elizabeth M. Stanley Family Chair of Asian Studies
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Cynthia Chou is a socio-cultural anthropologist with teaching and research interest across all Southeast Asia. Her specific area of expertise is the Malay World.
Russell L. Ciochon
Russell Ciochon

Russell L. Ciochon, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
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Russell Ciochon is a biological anthropologist with research interests in Asia (specifically Southeast Asia). His research involves characterizing the initial migrations of early Homo into this region about 1.6 mya. These investigations of the evolution of Homo erectus are cross-disciplinary, encompassing the study and discovery of human fossil remains, as well as use of paleoecological and geochronologic methods in the Sangiran Dome, Java (Indonesia).
John Doershuk
John Doershuk

John Doershuk, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director and State Archaeologist - University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist
Adjunct Associate Professor
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Dr. Doershuk is an archaeologist who works at UI in the role of State Archaeologist of Iowa, directing the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA), a research center on campus established in 1959. Dr. Doershuk’s research on Iowa and midcontinental archaeology spans all time periods and cultural adaptations. In addition to his OSA Director activities, Dr. Doershuk works with undergraduate and graduate student assistants from many UI departments, including those supported by externally and internally funded grants and contracts as well as through independent studies, as volunteers, and as part of graduate committees.
Deirdre Egan
 

Deirdre Egan, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Assistant Professor
James G. Enloe
 

James G. Enloe, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
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James G. Enloe is an archaeologist working on the Paleolithic of the Old World. His interest centers on the transition from archaic Homo sapiens to anatomically modern humans and on subsequent behavioral changes through the end of the Pleistocene.
Robert Franciscus
Robert Franciscus

Robert Franciscus, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
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Robert Franciscus' research program focuses on the Middle and Later Pleistocene periods of genus Homo evolution. He is particularly interested in the evolutionary significance of the distinctive Neandertal craniofacial pattern and the possible developmental, biomechanical, and stochastic models underlying its evolution over time in Europe and western Asia. He is also interested in the origins of modern humans and the definitional problems associated with the concept of anatomical “modernity.”
Laura Graham
Laura Graham

Laura Graham, Ph.D.

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Professor
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Laura R. Graham is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on Indigenous agency and the politics of representation among Indigenous peoples of Lowland South America. She has carried out long-term field research among the A’uwẽ-Xavante of central Brazil and among Wayuu peoples of Venezuela.
Brady G'sell
Brady G'sell

Brady G'sell, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
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Brady G'sell's research examines the intersection of citizenship, kinship, and economy in the everyday lives of South African families. As the availability of wage labor declines globally, she researches how women rework the obligations entailed by kinship and citizenship in order to combat their social and economic insecurity.
Elizabeth Handschy
 

Elizabeth Handschy

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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Elizabeth Handschy is a cultural anthropology PhD candidate advised by Dr. Erica Prussing. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014 with a BA in Anthropology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Public Health. Elizabeth conducts fieldwork in the Northeastern United States and is interested in activism, subjectivity and sexuality, as well as social media. Her research focuses on activists' tactics as morality and affect and labor within activism.
Matthew E. Hill
Matthew Hill

Matthew E. Hill, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor
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Matthew E. Hill's research is informed by the principles of historical ecology, which attempts to integrate the notions of ecology and the environment as central themes in the study of human societies. His work focuses on landscape-scale processes of human-environment interactions expressed in long-term behavioral changes (spanning from the end of the Ice Age to the historic period) across various environmental settings (Great Plains grasslands, Rocky Mountains, Desert Southwest).
Noah Johnson
 

Noah Johnson

Title/Position
President, AnthGrad, 2021-2022
Graduate Student
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Noah is now in the process of completing his doctoral dissertation in sociocultural anthropology under the advisement of Dr. Scott Schnell. Earlier in life, he received his BA (2002) from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and then worked in the private sector and in secondary education before returning to academic studies in 2011.  For his Master's degree (May 2013) Noah conducted research in Okinawa, Japan, studying karate as a localized cultural practice that has become an international phenomenon by working with transnational karate practitioners.
Derick Juptner
 

Derick Juptner

Title/Position
Secretary, AnthGrad, 2021-2022
Graduate Student
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Steven Keehner
 

Steven Keehner

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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Steven is a PhD student advised by Dr. Margaret Beck. He studies Woodland Period (2500-1000 BP) archaeology in North America. Steven’s dissertation research focuses on the ceramic technology, chronology, and social complexity of the widespread Hopewell phenomenon of the Middle Woodland Period (2100–1600 BP). He is investigating the timing and ritual contexts of association for Hopewell ceramics in the Lower Mississippi and Arkansas River valleys. His research aims to broaden social theory applied to the interregional social interactions that led to the widespread appearance of Hopewell artifact design styles and ceremonial practices among diverse Woodland communities.
Kevin Kelly
 

Kevin Kelly, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Associate Professor
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Dr. Kelly is an associate research scientist in the UI College of Public Health where he is Deputy Director of the Healthier Workforce Center. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of Open Anthropological Research, Publisher: De Gruyter, Poland; and Editorial Board of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH), publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), Switzerland.
Meena Khandelwal
Meena Khandelwal

Meena Khandelwal, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
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Meena Khandelwal is best known for her pioneering research on Hindu celibacy and monastic life that puts gender at the center. Her book Women in Ochre Robes (SUNY Press 2004) focuses on the everyday lives of women initiated into sannyasa – one of several traditions of Hindu renunciation. These women walk away from marriage, family ties, wealth, caste, and professional status for a life of celibacy and spiritual discipline. Paradoxically, sannyasa is a monastic tradition created by and for elite men, but claims to transcend gender – in part because ‘the soul’ is neither male nor female.
Caleb Klipowicz
 

Caleb Klipowicz

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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Caleb Klipowicz is a doctoral student in sociocultural anthropology advised by Dr. Erica Prussing. He graduated from the University of Memphis in 2016 with a Master’s in Applied Anthropology and a concentration in Medical Anthropology.
Addison Kimmel
 

Addison Kimmel

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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Addison is a PhD candidate specializing in Historical Archaeology. He graduated summa cum laude from Miami University in 2010, with a BA in History and a minor in Anthropology, and completed his MA in Anthropology at Northwestern University in 2012. Addison has conducted fieldwork in the Caribbean and has also worked in cultural resource management in the U.S. He is interested in the archaeology and ethnohistory of the American Midwest, particularly in the lived experiences of Native people during the era of Indian Removal. In 2016, Addison was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to support his graduate studies.
Drew Kitchen
Drew Kitchen

Drew Kitchen, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
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Drew Kitchen is an anthropological geneticist with interests in human population history and the origins of human infectious disease. He uses an evolutionary perspective to investigate the processes that have produced observed, modern distributions of human genetic and pathogen/parasite diversity. To do this, he primarily employs computational methods (e.g., phylogenetics, population genetics, and simulation) to the analysis of novel and publicly available genetic and cultural data.
Shari Knight
 

Shari Knight

Title/Position
Academic Services Coordinator
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Jeongeun Lee
 

Jeongeun Lee

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Jeongeun Lee is a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at the University of Iowa. She received her BA in Chinese Literature and Languages/Anthropology and MA in Anthropology from Seoul National University.
Stephen Lensink
 

Stephen Lensink, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Dr. Lensink is Associate Director of the Office of the State Archaeologist.
Ellen Lewin
 

Ellen Lewin, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
Ellen Lewin has devoted her career to examining a range of questions that center on motherhood, reproduction, and sexuality, particularly as these are played out in American cultures.  In particular, she's interested in how people in “impossible” cultural situations understand and manage their identities. Over the course of my career, she has completed studies that focus on low-income Latina immigrants in San Francisco, lesbian mothers, lesbian and gay commitment ceremonies in the U.S., and gay fatherhood.
Max Lieberman
 

Max Lieberman

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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Max Lieberman is a PhD student in cultural anthropology advised by Dr. Scott Schnell. He graduated with a BA in English literature and minor in anthropology from Pennsylvania State University in 2011. His research focuses on the relationships between people and wildlife, specifically concerning the bison herds of Yellowstone National Park.
Dongwang Liu
 

Dongwang Liu, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Dr. Liu is the Associate Director of the UI's Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.
Kerri Lorigan
 

Kerri Lorigan

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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Kerri Lorigan is completing her doctoral dissertation in archaeology, with a focus on Greco-Roman Egypt, under the guidance of Dr. Glenn Storey. She received both her B.A. in history and B.S. in anthropology from Middle Tennessee State University, and her M.A. in history, with a concentration in Ancient Egypt, from the University of Memphis in 2015. She has conducted field work at the Mississippian site of Castalian Springs, and in the ancient cemetery of Abydos in Egypt. Her dissertation research is focusing on urban experience in ancient Egypt. She is currently working as an adjunct professor at Austin Peay State University and will be conducting archival research on ancient Egyptian towns this summer.
Natalie Luna-Renek
 

Natalie Luna-Renek

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Natalie Luna-Renek is a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellow working towards her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology with an emphasis on the Anthropology of Religion, under the guidance of Dr. Scott Schnell. Natalie received her B.A. in Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton, in 2010 and her M.A. in Cultural Anthropology again from California State University, Fullerton, in 2012. Her thesis research focused on the dream and spirit theories of Native Hawaiians living in Southern California. Natalie's dissertation research expands upon her previous work. She is examining how Native Hawaiian animism is sustained away from the islands of Hawai’i and how Christianity changes when exposed to animism. Natalie is currently serving as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.
Heidi Lung
Heidi Lung

Heidi Lung, Ph.D.

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Lecturer
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Dr. Heidi Lung has led the University of Iowa’s museum studies certificate program since 2015. In addition to teaching and advising students in the program, Dr. Lung works with the Office of Outreach and Engagement to connect students with professional learning experiences in museums throughout the state.
Mac Marshall
Douglas Midgett
 

Douglas Midgett, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor Emeritus
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Logan Moore
 

Logan Moore

Title/Position
GSS Representative, AnthGrad, 2021-2022
Graduate Student
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Logan is an anthropology Ph.D student focusing on biological anthropology advised by Dr. Robert Franciscus. Logan received a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Illinois State University in 2018. His research interested in craniofacial anatomy and craniofacial development of Middle to Late Pleistocene hominins.
Jasmin Msuya
 

Jasmin Msuya

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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Lara Noldner
 

Lara Noldner, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director, Bioarchaeology
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Scott Olson
 

Scott Olson

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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Scott is a Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology advised by Dr. Emily Wentzell. He graduated with honors in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and Anthropology from Grinnell College in 2015. He has conducted fieldwork in Chicago, Illinois, and Berlin, Germany, and is interested in the way that collective memories of the AIDS epidemic shape contemporary debates about HIV in Europe and North America. Specifically, his interest in memories of AIDS relates to queer experiences with sexuality, public sex, mass death, and public health policy.
Cindy Opitz
 

Cindy Opitz

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
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Ted Powers
Ted Powers

Ted Powers, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor
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Ted Powers is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research focuses on the dynamics of health, politics, and social inequality in post-apartheid South Africa. Building on conceptual approaches from medical anthropology, the anthropology of transnationalism, political economy, and African studies, his work focuses on the politics of health and society in post-apartheid South Africa.
Victoria Priola
 

Victoria Priola

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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Victoria Priola is an anthropology Ph.D. student focusing in archaeology advised by Dr. Katina Lillios. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a minor in History. Victoria’s area of study is prehistoric European archeology. Her interests address textile and craft production as well as gender.
Erica Prussing
Erica Prussing

Erica Prussing, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
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Erica Prussing is a medical anthropologist whose research examines the cultural politics of defining and addressing social inequalities in health, especially within indigenous communities. Her projects are frequently interdisciplinary, and emphasize combining anthropology with public health (especially through “cultural epidemiology,” which aims to culturally situate both the causes of health problems and the production of epidemiological knowledge).
Frank Salomon
 

Frank Salomon, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Professor
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Scott Schnell
Scott Schnell

Scott Schnell, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
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Scott Schnell's research combines anthropology and history to facilitate a better understanding of sociocultural processes over time. For several years, he conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the town of Furukawa, located in the northern portion of Gifu Prefecture in central Japan. This culminated in a book entitled "The Rousing Drum: Ritual Practice in a Japanese Community" (University of Hawai‘i Press, 1999), which explores the use of ritual as a forum for negotiating sociopolitical and economic change.
Justin Soares
 

Justin Soares

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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Glenn Storey
Glenn Storey

Glenn Storey, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
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Glenn Storey has two trends of current interest: 1) continuing research on the demography of ancient cities, especially of the Greco-Roman world, focusing on both the scale of gross population sizes combined with special attention to possible demographic reconstruction through funerary population analysis; 2) investigation of the economy of the Roman world, in the framework of world systems analysis, focusing on the evidence of artifacts as found in both Nijmegen, the Netherlands (site of a Roman legionary camp/city foundation) and a new site in central Sicily, Gangivecchio (a possible Greco-Roman cult site).
Terry Tharp
 

Terry Tharp

Title/Position
IT Support Consultant
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Ariane Thomas
 

Ariane Thomas

Title/Position
COGS Representative, AnthGrad, 2021-2022
Graduate Student
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Ariane is a biological anthropology doctoral student advised by Dr. Andrew Kitchen.  Her research explores past human behavior and its impact on the environment through the analysis of non-human genomes.  Her dissertation uses the genomes of North American indigenous dogs to investigate their role as a trading commodity among past Native American populations and as a proxy for human migration within the Western Hemisphere.
Corinne Watts
Corinne Watts

Corinne Watts

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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Corinne is an archaeology graduate student under the advisement of Dr. Katina Lillios. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Emory University in 2016 and a Master of Arts in Archaeology from the University of Leicester in 2019. Her work explores connections between landscape archaeology, environmental engagement, and materiality in Prehistoric Atlantic Europe.
Emily Wentzell
Emily Wentzell

Emily Wentzell, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director, International Studies Program
Associate Professor
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Emily Wentzell's research combines approaches from medical anthropology, gender studies and science and technology studies to explore the gendered social consequences of aging, illness, sexual health problems and related medical treatments. She is interested in the relationships between gender (especially masculinities), new medical technologies/areas of medicalization, and people’s sex lives and senses of self.
Thomas H. Charlton
June Helm
 

June Helm, Ph.D. (1924-2004)

Title/Position
Department Founder
June Helm, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at The University of Iowa, died in Iowa City on February 5, 2004. Helm spent fifty years conducting research on the culture and ethnohistory of the Mackenzie-drainage Dene in the Canadian north. Her studies of Dene ecology, kinship, and demography are important contributions to our knowledge of hunter-gatherers.
Marshall B. McKusick
Margery Wolf