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Katina Lillios
Katina Lillios

Katina Lillios, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Departmental Executive Officer (Chair)
Professor
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

Sarah Horgen

Title/Position
Departmental Administrator
Ebenezer Adeyemi
Ebenezer Adeyemi

Ebenezer Adeyemi

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Brittany Anderson
Brittany Anderson

Brittany Anderson

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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
Mushroom Rocks

Margaret Beck, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director of Graduate Studies
Professor
Margaret Beck is an archaeologist and ethnoarchaeologist with a geographic focus on the Great Plains and adjacent regions. Her research interests include households, raw materials for ceramics and pigments, cooking technologies, and site formation processes.
Kyle Bikowski
Kyle Bikowski

Kyle Bikowski

Title/Position
GSS Representative, AnthGrad, 2023-2024
Graduate Student
Elana Buch
Elana Buch

Elana Buch, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
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
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

Cynthia Chou, Ph.D.

Title/Position
C. Maxwell & Elizabeth M. Stanley Family Chair of Asian Studies
Professor
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
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
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

Deirdre Egan, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Assistant Professor
James G. Enloe
James G. Enloe

James G. Enloe, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
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
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.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
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
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.
Matthew E. Hill
Matthew Hill

Matthew E. Hill, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
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).
Derick Juptner
Derick Juptner

Derick Juptner

Title/Position
COGS Representative, AnthGrad, 2023-2024
Graduate Student
Steven Keehner
Steven Keehner

Steven Keehner

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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

Kevin Kelly, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Associate Professor
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
Meena Khandelwal’s pioneering research on Hindu celibacy and monastic life examined women who joined what has historically been a hypermasculine ascetic tradition. She has published widely on this and additional topics, including arranged marriage, Indian diasporic dance competitions in the US, and microfinance. Her current multidisciplinary work examines biomass-burning mud stoves in India, women who use them, and those who wish to improve them.
Caleb Klipowicz
Caleb Klipowicz

Caleb Klipowicz

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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.
Drew Kitchen
Drew Kitchen

Drew Kitchen, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor
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

Shari Knight

Title/Position
Academic Services Coordinator
Stephen Lensink
Stephen Lensink

Stephen Lensink, Ph.D.

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

Max Lieberman

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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

Dongwang Liu, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Liu is the Associate Director of the UI's Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.
Mac Marshall
Douglas Midgett
Douglas Midgett

Douglas Midgett, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor Emeritus
Logan Moore
Logan Moore

Logan Moore

Title/Position
Vice President, AnthGrad, 2023-2024
Graduate Student
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.
Lara Noldner
Lara Noldner

Lara Noldner, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director, Bioarchaeology
Office of the State Archaeologist
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ted Powers
Ted

Ted Powers, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
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

Victoria Priola

Title/Position
Treasurer, AnthGrad, 2023-2024
Graduate Student
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
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

Frank Salomon, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Professor
Scott Schnell
Scott Schnell

Scott Schnell, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor Emeritus
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.
Glenn Storey
Glenn Storey

Glenn Storey, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
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

Terry Tharp

Title/Position
IT Support Consultant
Ariane Thomas
Ariane Thomas

Ariane Thomas

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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
President, AnthGrad, 2023-2024
Graduate Student
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.
Tristan Szymanski
Tristan Szymanski

Tristan Szymanski

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Noah Johnson, Ph.D.
Noah C.G. Johnson is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Iowa. His scholarly work with karate practitioners in the United States of America and Okinawa, Japan examines the complex dynamics of traditions, practices, and discourses in cultural globalization.

Noah Johnson, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Visiting Assistant Professor
Nic Hartmann, Ph.D.
Hartmann

Nic Hartmann, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Visiting Assistant Professor
Binit Gurung
Gurung

Binit Gurung

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Veronica Mraz
Veronica Mraz

Veronica Mraz

Title/Position
Research Specialist
Lucas Howser
Lucas Howser

Lucas Howser

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Andrés Restrepo Sanchez
Andres

Andrés Restrepo Sanchez

Title/Position
Secretary, AnthGrad, 2023-2024
Graduate Student
Mackenzie Cross
Mac Cross

Mackenzie Cross

Title/Position
New Student Liaison, AnthGrad, 2023-2024
Graduate Student
Danielle Johnsen
Danielle Johnsen

Danielle Johnsen

Title/Position
Graduate Student