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Kamran Asdar Ali

Professor |
471-7531 |
WCP 5.126

Education: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Interests: Gender, sexuality, health, political economy, post-colonialism, labor history, popular culture; Middle East, South Asia

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Craig Campbell

Associate Professor |
(512) 232-4342 |
WCP 4.122

Education: Ph.D., University of Alberta

Interests: Visual/intermedia/sensory ethnography, Soviet culture, Evenki peoples, travel and mobility, cultural history, archives, photography; Siberia

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Paola Canova

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) |
(512) 471-2762 |
WCP 5.144

Education: PhD, University of Arizona

Interests: Gender and sexuality, indigeneity, ethics, political ecology; Latin America, Paraguay

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Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar

Assistant Professor |
471-0061 |
WCP 5.120

Education: Ph.D., University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa

Interests: Indigeneity, Hawaiʻi, decolonization, politics, settler colonialism, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, capitalism, popular culture, science and technology

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Iyaxel Cojti Ren

Assistant Professor |
(512) 471-8512 |
WCP 4.152

Education: Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Interests: Postclassic Maya archaeology, Postclassic Mesoamerica, Maya Epigraphy, Maya iconography, Mesoamerica oral and historical tradition, historical memory in Guatemala. 

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Jason Cons

Associate Professor |
(512) 232-3832 |
WCP 5.138

Education: PhD, Cornell University

Interests: Borders, security, climate change, agrarian change, deltas, development, political ecology, South Asia, Bangladesh

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R. Alan Covey

Professor |
(512) 232-2084 |
RLP 4.406

Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Interests: Archaeology, ethnohistory, Andes, Inca empire, early Colonial Peru, archaeological theory

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Celina de Sá

Assistant Professor |
(512) 471-9209 |
WCP 5.132

Education: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

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Anthony Di Fiore

Professor |
(512) 471-2318 |
WCP 5.150

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Interests: Population genetics, comparative socioecology, mating systems, molecular ecology, phylogenetics, tropical ecology, computational modeling; South and Central American primates

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Richard R. Flores

Deputy to the President for Academic Priorities; Professor |
(512) 471-6080 |
MAI 400

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Folklore and expressive culture of Greater Mexico; anthropology of symbols; anthropology

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Maria Franklin

Professor |
(512) 471-8513 |
WCP 4.150

Education: Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley

Interests: Historical archaeology, archaeological theory, African Diaspora studies, race and gender, feminist theory

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Courtney Handman

Department Associate Chair; Associate Professor |
512-471-0059 |
WCP 4.124

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Linguistic anthropology, the anthropology of Christianity, translation, religion and media, circulation, infrastructures, decolonization, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, the Pacific

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John Hartigan

Director of Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies; Professor; Faculty Graduate Advisor for Cultural Forms |
(512) 232-9201 |
WCP 4.158

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

Interests: Multispecies ethnography (wild horses in Spain); anthropology of science (botany & plant genomics in Mexico and Spain); bullfighting in Peru, Colombia & Mexico; ethnography of race (theories, methods, and practice, with an attention to cultural articulations of whiteness)

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Hi'ilei Hobart

Assistant Professor |
(512) 232-6332 |
WCP 5.136

Education: PhD, Food Studies, New York University

Interests: Food, Temperature, Settler Colonialism, Embodiment, Aesthetics, Indigeneity, Hawaiʻi, Everyday Life

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Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Ibarrola

Assistant Professor |
(512) 471-0052 |
WCP 5.142

Education: Ph.D., University of Florida

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John W. Kappelman Jr

Professor |
(512) 471-0055 |
WCP 5.160

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests: The primary focus of my research is hominoid evolution and human origins and evolution, with particular emphasis in paleoecology and functional morphology, and stratigraphy and geochronology. I conduct field and laboratory research in paleontology, stratigraphy, and paleomagnetism, and laboratory research in functional morphology and computer imaging. Africa, Asia

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Elizabeth L. Keating

Professor |
(512) 471-8518 |
WCP 4.156

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Interests: Linguistic anthropology, language and status, American Sign Language, new communication technologies, computer-mediated interaction, multimodal communication, visual anthropology; Oceania, Micronesia, US

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Ward Keeler

Professor |
(512) 471-8520 |
WCP 4.128

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

Interests: Anthropology and expressive culture (performing arts and literature); hierarchy; gender; Buddhism; Indonesia and Burma

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Chris Kirk


eckirk -at- |
512-471-0056 |
WCP 5.154

Education: Ph.D., Duke University

Interests: Primate evolution, primate sensory systems, evolutionary and functional anatomy of the head and neck, sensory ecology

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Rebecca J. Lewis

Professor |
(512) 232-5386 |
WCP 5.152

Education: Ph.D., University Biological Anthropology and Anatomy (2004), Duke University

Interests: Evolution of primate social behavior, intersexual conflict, social relationships, power dynamics, socioecology, biological markets, fire ecology, cyclone ecology; Madagascar

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Martha Menchaca

Professor |
(512) 471-7537 |
WCP 5.158

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests: Social anthropology, ethnicity, gender, oral history/oral traditions, legal anthropology, immigration, Chicano studies: US/Mexican culture, Latin America.

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Sofian Merabet

Associate Professor |
(512) 471-0057 |
WCP 5.156

Education: Ph.D., Columbia University

Interests: Socio-Cultural Theory/Urban Studies/Gender Studies/Queer Theory/Muslim World, Europe, South America

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Marina Peterson

Associate Professor |
(512) 471-0054 |
WCP 5.148

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Sound, cities, sensory ethnography, materialities, infrastructure; US (Los Angeles, Appalachian Ohio)

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Denné N. Reed

Associate Professor; Faculty Graduate Advisor |
Office (512) 471-7529, Lab (512) 232-6380 |
WCP 4.148

Education: Ph.D., Stony Brook University

Interests: Human evolution, micromammal paleoecology, taphonomy, GIS, remote sensing; Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Morocco

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Enrique R. Rodríguez-Alegría

Professor |
(512) 471-0786 |
WCP 4.144

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: archaeology, history, ethnohistory, Mesoamerica, the Spanish empire in Latin America, Mexico, Puerto Rico, archaeometry (INAA and LA-ICP-MS), colonialism, religious conversion, food

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Arlene Rosen

(on leave)
Professor |
(512) 232-2081 |
RLP 4.402

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Environmental archaeology, Prehistory of the Near East and China, origins of agriculture, climate change and society, phytoliths, geoarchaeology.

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Aaron Sandel

Assistant Professor |
WCP 5.146

Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan

Interests: chimpanzees, friendship, primates, life history, physiology, conservation, comparative methods, cognition

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Suzanne Seriff

Senior Lecturer |
(512) 471-0816 |
WCP 4.126

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: issues of museum representation, public folklore and folklife, Jewish museums and material multure, folk arts and social change, public culture; global folk arts,

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Liza J. Shapiro

Interim Chair (through 1/15/22); Professor |
(512) 471-7533 |
WCP 5.128

Education: Ph.D., SUNY-Stony Brook

Interests: Primate evolution and functional morphology, locomotion.

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James Slotta

Assistant Professor |
WCP 5.134

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: political communication, knowledge and power, expertise, communicative infrastructures and imaginaries, the social life of information, cultural epistemologies, anarchic politics; Papua New Guinea, North America

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Christen Smith, PhD

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology |
(512) 232-6332 |
GWB 3.112

Education: Ph.D., Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University

Interests: Blackness, performance, racial formation, violence, Black women and transnational struggle, Black liberation and resistance in the Americas (particularly Brazil and the United States)

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Kathleen C. Stewart

Professor |
(512) 471-8521 |
RLP 4.408

Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan

Interests: Affect, experimental ethnographic writing, non-representational theory, post-phenomenology, new materialisms, worldings, place; United States, New England.

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Pauline Strong

Professor of Anthropology and Women's & Gender Studies; Director of the Humanities Institute; Undergraduate Advisor |
(512) 471-8524 |
RLP 4.404, WCP 4.136

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Cultural, historical, feminist anthropology. Identity and difference. Politics of representation. Public culture. Youth organizations. Museum studies. Public humanities. Medical humanities. US, Indigenous North America.

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Circe Sturm

Professor |
(512) 232-1561 |
WCP 5.122

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Interests: Race, sovereignty, and citizenship; comparative colonialisms; race and indigeneity; dominance, resistance, and subjectivity; Native North America, Central America, and Europe

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Fred Valdez, Jr.

Professor |
(512) 471-0060 |
WCP 4.162

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests: Archaeology, ceramic technology; Texas, Mesoamerica

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Mariah D. Wade

Associate Professor |
(512) 232-4876 |
WCP 4.146

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Archaeology and ethnohistory of North America, colonial and post-colonial American Southwest, Iberian Bronze and Iron Ages and Roman Period; Portugal, North America

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Anthony K. Webster

(on leave)

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Linguistic anthropology, ethnopoetics, (Southern) Athabaskan languages, Navajo English, translation, iconicity, linguistic relativity, sounds, moral imagination, literacies/graphic pluralism, languages and inequalities, discursive discrimination, history of anthropology

Research Fellows

Alison Damick

Postdoctoral Fellow

Affiliated Faculty

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J. Brent Crosson

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies |
BUR 514

Education: Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz

Interests: Anthropology of religion and secularity, anthropology of science, Caribbean and Latin American studies, African diasporas, South Asian diasporas, Atlantic modernities, anthropology of/and race, anthropology of energy, colonial regulation of religion

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Patience L. Epps


Education: Ph.D., Linguistic Anthropology, University of Virginia

Veit Erlmann

Professor, Endowed Chair of Music History, School of Music |
(512) 232-2092 |
MRH 3.832

Education: Ph.D., University of Cologne

Interests: South African popular music, music and globalization, history of sound, intellectual property; South Africa, Indonesia

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Kevin Foster

Associate Professor, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies |
(512) 471-4362 |
BEL 242

Interests: African American student achievement; intersection of sports and academics; impact of race and gender on student academic outcomes; cultural theory in education

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Thomas Garrison

Faculty |

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University

Lyndon K. Gill

Associate Professor, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies |
BEL 214D

Education: Ph.D., African American Studies and Anthropology, Harvard University

Interests: Queer aesthetics in the African Diaspora, the erotic, LGBT art and activism in Caribbean cultures, African-based spiritual traditions in the Americas, subjectivity and community building

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Heather Hindman

Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies |
WCH 4.104G

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Anthropology; Gender Studies; South Asia; Globalization Critical development, expatriate communities, tourism, social theory, global labor and gender, bureaucracy, entrepreneurialism, social aspects of economics, mobilities, transnational financial practice

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Danny Law


Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

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Randolph Lewis

Professor, Department of American Studies |
(512) 475-7783 |
BUR 456

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Cinema studies, media studies, documentary film, indigenous media, American cultural history, especially of the twentieth century

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Chelsi West Ohueri


Education: Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin

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Robert M Oppenheim

Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies |
(512) 471-7279 |
WCH 5.134

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Korean culture and history, objects/space/place, history of anthropology

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Ashanté Reese

Assistant Professor |

Education: Ph.D., Anthropology, American University

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Maria Sidorkina


Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, Yale University

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Jürgen Streeck

Professor, Department of Communication Studies |
(512) 471-1955 |
CMA 7.118A

Education: Ph.D., Freie Universität Berlin

Interests: Language & culture; interaction theory; visual research; human interaction as cultural practice; gesture; hip hop and what it knows about human language

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David Stuart

Professor, Department of Art and Art History |
(512) 232-2363 |
ART 1.412

Education: Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Interests: Archaeology, art, linguistics and epigraphy; Mesoamerica, Mexico and Central America

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John W. Traphagan

Professor |
BUR 520

Education: Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Interests: Astrobiology | Japanese religion & society | ritual | medical anthropology | science, technology, and culture | ruralities and eneurship in Japan

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Anthony C. Woodbury

Professor, Department of Linguistics |
(512) 471-1701 |
CLA 4.728

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Documentary and descriptive linguistics; language endangerment; grammatical analysis and theory; natural discourse and oral literature; Chatino linguistics and language preservation; Yupik-Inuit-Aleut languages and speech communities

Professors Emeriti

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Claud A. Bramblett

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., Berkeley

Interests: Physical anthropology, primatology; East Africa

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Darrell G. Creel

Professor Emeritus; Former Director of Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory (TARL)

Education: Ph.D., University of Arizona

Interests: Archeology; Texas, Plains, Southwest, Southeast U.S.

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James R. Denbow

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., Indiana University

Interests: Archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, rock art; Later Stone Age and Iron Age studies in Southern and Central Africa

Thomas R. Hester

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Archaeology, prehistoric technology, lithics, hunter-gatherers; North America, Mesoamerica

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James A. Neely

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., University of Arizona

Interests: Archaeology of the Middle East, Mesoamerica, and the American Southwest, with a focus on prehistoric and early historic agricultural strategies, agricultural intensification, as well as water management and technology.

Henry A. Selby

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., Stanford

Interests: Social organization, economic anthropology, development studies; Mesoamerica, Latin America, Canada

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Joel F. Sherzer

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Interests: Linguistic anthropology, ethnography of speaking, archival and documentary linguistics; North and South America

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Samuel M. Wilson

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Archaeology, ethnohistory; Caribbean, US Southeast

In Memoriam

Richard N. Adams


Education: Ph.D., Yale University

Interests: Latin America, especially Central America; anthropology theory, energy and evolution

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James Brow

Professor Emeritus

Education: PhD, University of Washington

Interests: Social anthropology of South Asia, especially Sri Lanka; agrarian change, economic development, colonialism, nationalism, ethnicity, globalization.

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Nora C. England

Professor, Department of Linguistics

Education: Ph.D., University of Florida

Interests: Linguistic description, grammar writing, language and identity, language politics, language ideologies, Mayan linguistics, American languages

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Robert A. Fernea


Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Cultural anthropology, ethnography, gender studies, peasant societies; Arab world, Middle East

Brian M. Stross


Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Linguistic Anthropology, Indigenous Mesoamerica, Maya Iconography and Epigraphy, Anthropology of Food, Ethnobotany, Cultural Forms.