Archaeology

Douglas Bamforth

Douglas B. Bamforth

Faculty: Archaeology
Contact Professor Bamforth Biography Professor Bamforth's research focuses on the archaeology of the Great Plains, with a technical emphasis on lithic and microwear analysis. In addition, he studies human responses to environmental variation and change that includes his work on the Allen site, which addresses Paleoindian responses to long-term shifts during the early Holocene Climatic Optimum and his Plains Village work examining warfare and climatic variation.
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Catherine Cameron

Catherine Cameron

Faculty: Archaeology
Contact Professor Cameron Biography Professor Cameron works in the American Southwest and has focused especially on the Chaco Phenomenon. She has had two recent projects in southeastern Utah. The Bluff Great House Project involved excavations at the Bluff great house, located in the small town of Bluff, Utah. The second project, the Comb Ridge Heritage Initiative, was a large survey of the Comb and Butler Wash areas west of Blanding,...
Gerardo Gutiérrez

Gerardo Gutiérrez

Faculty: Archaeology
Contact Professor Gutiérrez Research Focus Gerardo Gutiérrez’s research focuses on: The archaeology, ethnohistory, communication systems, biological admixture and human ecology of Prehispanic and early Colonial peoples of the former domains of the Spanish empire in the Americas. Territorial organization of indigenous and European Empires. Accommodations and resistance of indigenous peoples to European imperialism and colonialism. Landscape archaeology, spatial analysis, GIS and topographic archaeology with unmanned aerial vehicles and digital photogrammetry...
Arthur Joyce

Arthur Joyce

Faculty: Archaeology
Contact Professor Joyce Research Focus Arthur Joyce’s research focuses on two interrelated issues: the origins, development, and collapse of complex societies and the archaeology of landscape and space. Areas of Research Oaxaca, Mexico Current Projects - Río Verde Archaeology Río Verde drainage basin in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. The research consists of three distinct projects, although with overlapping problems, participants, and sources of funding: (1) The Río Verde...
Sarah Kurnick

Sarah Kurnick

Faculty: Archaeology
Contact Professor Kurnick Research Focus Sarah Kurnick’s research focuses on Understanding the creation, perpetuation, and negation of social inequality generally and political authority in particular Exploring how archaeology can benefit indigenous communities and foster positive social change Her temporal/geographic focus is the ancient Maya world, and specifically the Postclassic Maya of the Yucatan Peninsula. Working with Professor Kurnick Since 2014, Professor Kurnick has co-directed the Punta Laguna Archaeology project, located...
Scott Ortman

Scott Ortman

Faculty: Archaeology
Contact Professor Ortman Research Focus Scott Ortman’s research focuses on: Integrative approaches to the long-term histories of American Indian peoples Expanding the role of archaeology in the social sciences, and the social sciences in archaeology His geographical focus is the US Southwest, especially Tanoan-speaking peoples of the Northern Rio Grande region in New Mexico. Working with Professor Ortman Professor Ortman’s research includes an emphasis on archaeology and language and the...

Biological Anthropology

Robin Bernstein

Robin Bernstein

Faculty: Biological Anthropology
Contact Professor Bernstein Research Robin Bernstein’s research combines field and laboratory methods to investigate human growth and development, and how nutrition, disease, and environmental factors shape growth patterns in infants and children. She is particularly interested in how breast milk influences the physiological interface between mothers and infants. Professor Bernstein is currently heading a longitudinal project investigating various factors affecting growth patterns in rural African infants, in order to better...
Bert Covert

Bert Covert

Faculty: Biological Anthropology
Contact Professor Covert Professor Covert focuses on the behavioral ecology and conservation of endangered Vietnamese primates of Southeast Asia . His earlier work was studying primate evolution with a focus on adaptations and phylogeny of Eocene primates. Professor Covert is not accepting graduate students at this time. More about Professor Covert Professor Covert’s other research activities include comparing the behavioral ecology of sympatric populations of Annamese silvered langurs and black-shanked...
Steven Leigh

Steven Leigh

Faculty: Biological Anthropology
Contact Professor Leigh Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1992; Professor Leigh's research focuses on human and primate evolution and integrates many different kinds of data across the discipline of anthropology, including information from genetics, anatomy, archaeology and socio-cultural anthropology. Professor Steven Leigh is accepting graduate students for Fall 2019.
Michelle Sauther

Michelle Sauther

Faculty: Biological Anthropology
Contact Professor Sauther Strepsirrhine Ecology and Biology South African Galago Project While studies of Madagascar’s lemurs are abundant, much less is known about their nocturnal African cousins, the iconic, big-eyed African bushbabies, also known as galagos. The small southern lesser galago, Galago moholi , can fit in a human’s hand, while the greater thick-tailed galago, Otolemur crassicaudatus is cat-sized and thus much larger than its counterpart­­­. Essentially, it’s like comparing...
Matt Sponheimer

Matt Sponheimer

Faculty: Biological Anthropology
Contact Professor Sponheimer Matt Sponheimer does research on the ecology of early hominins and living and fossil mammals, both large and small, from the African continent. Matt Sponheimer's graduate students work on both living and fossil mammals, and regularly do museum and field work in southern Africa. His students' work includes taxonomy, ecology, ecomorphology, isotopic analysis, paleoecology, environmental reconstruction, paleontology, and nutritional and mechanical ecology. Matt Sponheimer is not looking...

Cultural Anthropology

Alison Cool

Alison Cool

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
Contact Professor Cool I am a cultural anthropologist and my teaching and research focus on science, medicine, and technology. I am especially interested in digital technologies, data ethics, and how people think about privacy and surveillance. I conduct fieldwork in Sweden exploring how people live and work with data. My main project right now is an ethnographic study of how experts, professionals, and activists go about the ethical and pragmatic...
Kathryn Goldfarb

Kathryn Goldfarb

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
Contact Professor Goldfarb My research explores how social inclusion and exclusion shape holistic well-being and embodied experience. I bring together three domains that generally are understood separately—kinship, medical anthropology, and semiotics—to examine how past and present social relationships are experienced in visceral, embodied terms. I consider myself an “engaged anthropologist,” and endeavor for my research to be both theoretically rigorous and relevant to my interlocutors. In Japan, my research focuses...
Donna Goldstein

Donna M. Goldstein

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
Contact Professor Goldstein Professor Goldstein, who joined the CU faculty in 1994, received her B.S. in Rural Sociology from Cornell University, Ed.M., Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Goldstein has written extensively on the intersection of race, gender, poverty and violence in Brazil. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Laughter Out of Place: Race,...
Jerry Jacka

Jerry Jacka

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
Contact Professor Jacka As an environmental anthropologist, I am interested in studying the diverse ways that humans and their environments influence one another. Broadly, my work examines the intersection of economic development, the environment, and livelihood sustainability. A major question driving my research is: How do people collectively respond to risks, hazards, and disruptions in their societies and environments? I am currently exploring this topic in two areas: highlands Papua...
Carla Jones

Carla Jones

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
Contact Professor Jones Professor Jones’ primary research situates theoretical questions about gender, class and subjectivity in the context of contemporary urban Indonesia. Specifically, she is interested in how large-scale state agendas that position women citizens in the domestic sphere intersect with capitalist celebrations of consumer desire. Research Interests Globalization Subjectivity Materiality Governmentality Critical gender theory Mass media Consumption Professor Jones is currently accepting graduate students for Fall 2019 with the...
J. Terrence McCabe

J. Terrence McCabe

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
Contact Professor McCabe Terry's research focuses on livelihood strategies and decisions relating to land use among the pastoral peoples of Eastern Africa. Terry has spent nearly 30 years engaged in this research mostly with the Turkana of northern Kenya and the Maasai of northern Tanzania. Most recently he has been conducting research on the process of livelihood diversification among the Maasai, including the adoption of cultivation and rural-urban migration. Currently...
Carole McGranahan

Carole McGranahan

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
Contact Professor McGranahan Professor McGranahan is a cultural anthropologist and historian specializing in contemporary Tibet. Since 1994, Professor Carole McGranahan has conducted research in Tibetan refugee communities in India and Nepal on the history and politics of the guerilla army Chushi Gangdrug, culminating in her book “Arrested Histories: Tibet, the CIA, and Histories of a Forgotten War” (Duke University Press, 2010). Please feel free to contact her over email to...
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Kaifa Roland

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
Contact Professor Roland Kaifa Roland is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder, she has conducted extensive field research in Cuba, with a regional focus on the Caribbean and the broader African Diaspora. Kaifa's first book-length ethnography — entitled Cuban Color in Tourism and La Lucha (Oxford University Press 2011) – describes the shifting intersections of race, class, sexuality, and belonging. From her research interests, she has...
Jen Shannon

Jen Shannon

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
Contact Professor Shannon Jen Shannon joined the CU Department of Anthropology and the CU Museum of Natural History in August of 2009. As an Assistant Professor and a Curator of Cultural Anthropology, she conducts ethnographic fieldwork as well as object collections research, work on exhibits and collaborative projects in the museum, and teach courses in the Museum and Field Studies program and in the Department of Anthropology. Jen worked as...