Archaeology

Douglas Bamforth

Douglas B. Bamforth

Faculty: Archaeology
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.
 Areas of Research Pine Ridge, Nebraska Working...
Catherine Cameron

Catherine Cameron

Faculty: Archaeology
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, Utah. Both of...
Gerardo Gutiérrez

Gerardo Gutiérrez

Faculty: Archaeology
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. Archaeology of disasters...
Arthur Joyce

Arthur Joyce

Faculty: Archaeology
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 Archaeological Project; (2)...
Sarah Kurnick

Sarah Kurnick

Faculty: Archaeology
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 in the Yucatan...
Scott Ortman

Scott Ortman

Faculty: Archaeology
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 compilation and analysis...
Payson Sheets

Payson Sheets

Faculty: Archaeology
Biography Payson Sheets’ research focuses on how ancient societies in Mexico and Central America reacted to sudden massive stresses. Those stresses were explosive volcanic eruptions, droughts, and other major climate changes. Egalitarian societies, for example those in the Arenal area of Costa Rica, were strikingly resilient to the ten big explosive eruptions of Arenal Volcano. The competitive chiefdoms of Barriles in Panama were vulnerable to stress because of overpopulation and...

Biological Anthropology

Robin Bernstein

Robin Bernstein

Faculty: Biological Anthropology
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 understand how and...
Bert Covert

Bert Covert

Faculty: Biological Anthropology
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. Working with Professor Covert Professor Covert's recent students' research has focused on human/non-human primate resource overlap in Vietnam and the feeding and sensory ecology of Southeast Asian colobines. Professor Covert is looking for graduate students with...
Darna Dufour

Darna Dufour

Faculty: Biological Anthropology
Ph.D., SUNY-Binghamton, 1981; Professor Biological and behavioral responses of human populations to nutritional problems with special emphasis on responses to food shortages and the presence of toxins in foods. Dr. Dufour is not accepting graduate students at this time.
Joanna Lambert

Joanna Lambert

Faculty: Biological Anthropology
Research My theoretical interests are in evolutionary and community ecology, with a taxonomic focus on the Order Primates. I have worked in a number of sites in the Paleo- and Neotropics. However, my primary field site is Kibale National Park, Uganda, where – since 1991 – I have studied a diversity of primate and plant species. Over the years, my research has developed along three complementary and synergistic trajectories, including:...
Steven Leigh

Steven Leigh

Faculty: Biological Anthropology
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. Dr. Steven Leigh is not currently accepting graduate students.
Michelle Sauther

Michelle Sauther

Faculty: Biological Anthropology
Research Focus Professor Sauther’s major focus of research is to better understand how both immediate and long-term environmental factors interact with inter-individual variation to affect primate behavior and biology. In essence, she is very interested in how primates “negotiate” living within a variety of environments. How do they deal with both natural and human-induced changes? How does this affect their life history patterns, growth and development, as well as disease...
Matt Sponheimer

Matt Sponheimer

Faculty: Biological Anthropology
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 for graduate students,...

Cultural Anthropology

Alison Cool

Alison Cool

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
Alison Cool will join the CU faculty in 2015. She received her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from New York University in 2013. Her dissertation, "Translating Twins: Twin Research and the Production of Genetic and Economic Knowledge in the Swedish Welfare State," was based on ethnographic fieldwork in Sweden with interdisciplinary networks of researchers who use twin studies to investigate genetic and environmental influences on social and economic behavior. This project...
Kathryn Goldfarb

Kathryn Goldfarb

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
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 on the stakes...
Donna Goldstein

Donna M. Goldstein

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
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, Class, Violence, and...
Jerry Jacka

Jerry Jacka

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
As an environmental anthropologist, I am interested in understanding the diverse ways that humans and their environments influence one another. Exploring the human-environment interface through my research has taken me around the world — to Alaska, highlands Papua New Guinea, and East and West Africa. Broadly, my work examines the intersection of development, the environment, and sustainable livelihoods. More specifically, my research focuses on resource development, climate change, local ecological...
Carla Jones

Carla Jones

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
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 2018 with the following: Students who...
J. Terrence McCabe

J. Terrence McCabe

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
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 Terry is a...
Carole McGranahan

Carole McGranahan

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
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 inquire about her...
Kaifa Roland

Kaifa Roland

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
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 developed a course...
Jen Shannon

Jen Shannon

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology
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 a Lead Researcher...