Faculty and Staff


Jennifer Aengst, Adjunct Assistant Professor
PhD University of California-Davis 2011
Cultural and medical anthropology; reproduction; population studies; fertility politics; gender; contraceptive technologies; ethnic/religious conflict; Ladakh, Himalayas, South Asia

Shelby Anderson, Associate Professor
PhD University of Washington 2011
Complex hunter-gatherers; social and technological change; ceramics; environmental archaeology; public archaeology; cultural resource management; Arctic, Sub-Arctic, Pacific Northwest 
ashelby@pdx.edu / 503-725-3318 / CH 141M
Provides academic advising

Tracy J. Andrews, Adjunct Professor
PhD University of Arizona 1985, MPH Columbia University 1988
Sociocultural anthropology; Native Americans; medical anthropology; ecological and natural resources anthropology; minority and international health issues; political ecology; gender

Thomas J. Brown, Adjunct Instructor
MS Portland State University 2016

Virginia L. Butler, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Professor and Chair Emerita
PhD University of Washington 1990
Archaeology, zooarchaeology, site formation processes, public archaeology; Western North America

Sharon A. Carstens, Professor Emerita
PhD Cornell University 1980
Cultural anthropology; symbolic anthropology; identity; gender; ethnohistory; education; China, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Asian Americans

Melanie Lee Chang, Adjunct Professor
PhD University of Pennsylvania 2005
Biological anthropology; ecology and evolutionary biology; paleoanthropology; Paleolithic archaeology; systematics; evolutionary genetics; scientific writing

Robert David, Adjunct Instructor
PhD University of California-Berkeley 2012
North American rock art, Indigenous Community archaeology, landscape archaeology, shamanism in the Pacific Northwest, Columbia Plateau, and Great Basin, Native American myth and rituals

Douglas Deur, Associate Research Professor
PhD Louisiana State University 2000 (Geography and Anthropology)
Cultural and political ecology; cultural landscapes; indigenous peoples; ethnobiology; applied research; cultural perspectives on natural resource management and restoration; ethnohistory; Northwestern North America

Marc R. Feldesman, Professor and Chair Emeritus
PhD University of Oregon 1974
Physical anthropology; primate and human evolution; primate anatomy; evolutionary theory; morphometrics; computer applications; forensic osteology

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

Michele R. Gamburd, Professor
PhD University of Michigan 1995
Cultural anthropology; transnationalism; globalization; migration; alcohol consumption; disaster studies; violence; gender; aging; political economy; Sri Lanka, West Asia, South Asia 
gamburdm@pdx.edu /503-725-3317 / CH 141F
Provides academic advising

Michael Kilman, Adjunct Instructor 
MS Portland State University

Charles Klein, Department Chair and Associate Professor
PhD University of Michigan 1996
Applied & medical anthropology; urban anthropology; food and nutritional security, emerging class identities; public space & constructed landscapes; health promotion; health disparities; gender/sexuality/queer theory; Brazil; North America 
charles.klein@pdx.edu / 503-725-3316 / CH 141P
Provides academic advising

David Gene Lewis, Adjunct Assistant Professor
PhD University of Oregon 2009
Cultural anthropology, ethnohistory, Native Peoples of Oregon and Northern California, tribal treaties and reservations, 19th Century ethnography, Federal Indian policy

David Lee Moore, Adjunct Assistant Professor
PhD (ABD) Simon Fraser University, MA Portland State University 1994; Adjunct Instructor
Cultural anthropology; Southeast Asia; South Asia; nationalism; ethnicity; globalization; historical anthropology

Reno Nims, Adjunct Instructor
MS Portland State University 2016

Amiee Potter, Adjunct Assistant Professor
PhD University of Oregon 2004
Biological anthropology; molecular anthropology; skeletal biology; human evolution; craniofacial growth and development; peopling of the Americas; bioarchaeology of southern California and the Great Basin

Cameron M. Smith, Adjunct Assistant Professor
PhD Simon Fraser University 2004
Archaeology; spatial analysis; lithic usewear analysis; European and North American Prehistory; evolution

Jeremy Spoon, Professor
PhD University of Hawai'i 2008;
Environmental and applied anthropology, indigenous ecological knowledge, protected and conserved areas, natural disasters, public education, mixed-methods; Nepalese Himalaya, Western United States
jspoon@pdx.edu / 503-725-9729 / CH 141Q
Provides academic advising

Sarah Sterling, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Affiliate Faculty Middle Eastern Studies Center
PhD University of Washington 2004
Predynastic and Old Kingdom Egypt; North America; geoarchaeology; evolutionary theory, social complexity; ceramic analysis

Dan Stueber, Adjunct Instructor
BM Berklee College of Music, 1971
Living technology, stone tools and flintknapping, paleontology

Mrinalini Tankha, Assistant Professor
PhD Brandeis University 2013
Money and finance, exchange, economic anthropology, business, human-centered design, international development, applied anthropology, globalization, informal economy, Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean
mtankha@pdx.edu / CH 141O
Provides academic advising

Steven Thomson, Adjunct Instructor
PhD Boston University 2006
Socio-cultural anthropology, historical research, ethnicity and local diversity, anthropology of gender, political economy, international development, local government: citizenship and transnationalism, African ethnography, anthropology of disaster, anthropological theory: folklore and performance

Natalie Vasey, Professor
PhD Washington University 1997
Biological Anthropology; primate behavioral ecology; life history adaptations; primate evolution; endangered and recently extinct primates of Madagascar
nvasey@pdx.edu / 503-725-3912 / CH 141N
Provides academic advising
Lemur Conservation Foundation Field School

Douglas Wilson, Adjunct Associate Professor
PhD University of Arizona 1991
Historical archaeology, CRM, heritage and protected spaces, public archaeology; Western North America
doug@pdx.edu / 360-921-5241 / CH 141I (eye)
Fort Vancouver Archaeological Field School

Xia Zhang, Adjunct Instructor
PhD University of Pittsburg 2011 
Globalization, urbanization, gender (esp. masculinity), development, new media, youth, migration, labor politics, China, East Asia

Becky Hoven
Department Coordinator
rebec@pdx.edu | 503-725-3361

Samantha Contreras Leos
Office Assistant (Sept-June)
anthdept@pdx.edu | 503-725-3081

Lyssia Merrifield
Archaeology Roadshow