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The Anthropology Department faculty include a wide range of research interests, including socio-cultural anthropology, Archaeology, and Biological Anthropology. Faculty who can provide advising are indicated.

Also see our Anthropology graduate students and our student groups.

Click here for faculty office hours for Spring Term. Feel free to "drop in" during the posted hours; faculty will be present and you do not need to make an appointment before coming by. 


Full-Time Faculty


Shelby Anderson
Faculty Profile
CH 141M
Provides academic advising
PhD University of Washington 2011; Assistant Professor
Complex hunter-gatherers; social and technological change; ceramics; environmental archaeology; public archaeology; cultural resource management; Arctic, Sub-Arctic, Pacific Northwest


Virginia L. Butler
Faculty Profile
CH 141L
Provides academic advising
PhD University of Washington 1990; Professor
Archaeology; zooarchaeology; long-term connections between people and animals; applications of zooarchaeology to conservation biology and education; western North America


Sharon A. Carstens
On Sabbatical 2013-14
Faculty Profile
On Sabbatical
PhD Cornell University 1980; Professor
Cultural anthropology; symbolic anthropology; identity; gender; ethnohistory; education; China, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Asian Americans


Michele R. Gamburd
Faculty Profile
CH 141H
Provides academic advising
PhD University of Michigan 1995; Professor and Chair
Cultural anthropology; transnationalism; globalization; migration; alcohol consumption; disaster studies; violence; gender; aging; political economy; Sri Lanka, West Asia, South Asia


Charles Klein
Faculty Profile
CH 141P
Provides academic advising 
PhD University of Michigan 1996; Assistant Professor
Applied medical anthropology; gender/sexuality/queer theory; urban anthropology; sexual & reproductive health; social movements; non-governmental organizations; health disparities; food justice; Brazil; Latin America; North America


CH 141Q
Provides academic advising
PhD University of Hawai'i 2008; Assistant Professor
Local ecological knowledge and understanding; political economy; environmental sustainability; mountainous protected areas; place-based spirituality; applied anthropology; public education; mixed methods; South Asia, Native North America, East Africa


CH 141E
PhD University of Washington 2004; Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Extended Studies, Affiliate Faculty Middle Eastern Studies Center
Predynastic and Old Kingdom Egypt; North American prehistory; geoarchaeology; general method and theory; evolutionary theory; ceramic analysis; quantitative analysis


Natalie Vasey
Faculty Profile
CH 141N
Provides academic advising
PhD Washington University 1997; Associate Professor
Biological Anthropology; primate behavioral ecology; life history adaptations; primate evolution; endangered and recently extinct primates of Madagascar
Biological Anthropology at PSU
Lemur Conservation Foundation Field School


Douglas Wilson
Faculty Profile
CH 141I
PhD University of Arizona 1991; Adjunct Associate Professor
Historical archaeology; method and theory; public archaeology; cultural resource management; North America
Fort Vancouver Archaeological Field School


Faculty Emeriti


Kenneth M. Ames
Faculty Profile
CH 141G
PhD Washington State University 1976; Professor & Chair Emeritus
Archaeology; method and theory; cultural ecology; complex hunter-gatherers; social archaeology; northeast Asia, North America



PhD University of Oregon 1974; Professor & Chair Emeritus
Physical anthropology; primate and human evolution; primate anatomy; evolutionary theory; morphometrics; computer applications; forensic osteology


Jacob Fried


PhD Yale University; Professor Emeritus
Culture change and acculturation; psychological anthropology; adaptation to specialized and severe physical settings; Latin America, Arctic, and Subarctic America


Research Faculty and Affiliates



PhD University of Washington 1985; Departmental Affiliate
Northwest Native American early contact era ethnohistory; culture contact and change; disease and demography; historical epidemiology; depopulation and its cultural effects; hunter-gatherer resource management and anthropogenic fire



PhD Louisiana State University (Geography and Anthropology); Associate Research Professor
Cultural and political ecology; cultural landscapes; indigenous peoples; ethnobiology; applied research; cultural perspectives on natural resource management and restoration; ethnohistory; Northwestern North America



PhD Michigan State University 2006; Departmental Affiliate
Archaeology; starch grain analysis; lithic use-wear analysis; corporate ethnography and user research; South Asia; Pacific Northwest



PhD University of Washington 1995; Departmental Affiliate
Sociocultural anthropology, applied anthropology, ecology, environmental anthropology, film, subsistence economies, space and place, social change, public policy, globalization, indigenous peoples and states, Native North America, Pacific Northwest Coast, Circumpolar North.


Adjunct Faculty


CH 141T
PhD University of California - Davis 2011; Adjunct Assistant Professor
Cultural and Medical Anthropology; reproduction; population studies; fertility politics; gender; contraceptive technologies; ethnic/religious conflict; Ladakh, Himalayas, South Asia


William Cornett
Faculty Profile
CH 141J
MA Portland State University 1998; Adjunct Instructor
Political Ecology; Power and Resistance; Ethnographic Writing; Archaeological Fieldwork Methods



PhD University of Oregon 1974; Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ringtailed lemur visual and olfactory communication; territorial boundaries; food resources; gallery forest ecosystems; Madagascar


CH 141T
PhD (ABD) Simon Fraser University, MA Portland State University 1994; Adjunct Instructor
Cultural Anthropology; Southeast Asia; South Asia; Nationalism; Ethnicity; Globalization; Historical Anthropology


CH 141J
PhD University of Oregon 2004; Adjunct Assistant Professor
Biological Anthropology; Molecular Anthropology; Skeletal Biology; Human Evolution; Craniofacial growth and development; Peopling of the Americas; bioarchaeology of southern California and the Great Basin


CH 141J
PhD Simon Fraser University 2004; Adjunct Assistant Professor
Archaeology; spatial analysis; lithic usewear analysis; European and North American Prehistory; evolution



MA Portland State University; Adjunct Instructor
Latin America; environmental and economic sustainability; geography; Hispanic communities in Oregon



MA Portland State University 2009; Adjunct Instructor
Cultural anthropology; globalization; urbanization; food culture; South Asia; East Asia


Office Coordinator


Connie Cash
Staff Profile
CH 141F
Departmental budget, grants, personnel