Faculty Research

The Anthropology Department faculty have a wide range of research interests, including socio-cultural anthropology, Archaeology, and Biological Anthropology. Visit our Selected Works Author Gallery page on the library website to view electronic versions of published materials.

Office Hours

During Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, faculty are available during their regularly posted office hours. Faculty who can provide advising are indicated as such. Feel free to "drop in" during office hours; faculty will be present and you do not need to make an appointment before coming by.

Faculty and Staff

Listed below please find faculty and staff grouped in the following categories

Also see our Anthropology graduate students and our student groups.

Undergraduate Advisors

Paloma Harrison
503-725-3822 for appointments 
SMSU - M305
Provides academic advising



Jon Rousseau; youcanbookme page
503-725-3822 for appointments 

SMSU - M305
Provides academic advising


Full-Time Faculty

Shelby Anderson
Faculty Profile

CH 141 - M
Provides academic advising

PhD University of Washington 2011; Associate 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 141 - H
Provides academic advising

PhD University of Washington 1990; Professor and Chair
Archaeology, zooarchaeology, site formation processes, public archaeology; Western North America


Michele R. Gamburd
Faculty Profile

CH 141 - F
Provides academic advising

PhD University of Michigan 1995; Professor  
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 141 - P
Provides academic advising

PhD University of Michigan 1996; Associate Professor
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


Jeremy Spoon
Faculty Profile

CH 141 - Q
Provides academic advising

PhD University of Hawai'i 2008; Associate Professor
Environmental and applied anthropology, indigenous ecological knowledge, protected and conserved areas, natural disasters, public education, mixed-methods; Nepalese Himalaya, Western United States. 


Sarah Sterling
Faculty Profile

CH 141 - E
Provides academic advising

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


Mrinalini Tankha
Faculty Profile

CH 141 - O
Will provide academic advising as of Winter 2018

PhD Brandeis University 2013; Assistant Professor
Money and finance, exchange, economic anthropology, business, human-centered design, international development, applied anthropology, globalization, informal economy, Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean


Natalie Vasey
Faculty Profile

CH 141 - N
Provides academic advising

PhD Washington University 1997; 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 141 - I

PhD University of Arizona 1991; Adjunct Associate Professor
Historical archaeology, CRM, heritage and protected spaces, public archaeology; Western North America
Fort Vancouver Archaeological Field School


Faculty Emeriti

Kenneth M. Ames
Faculty Profile

PhD Washington State University 1976; Professor & Chair Emeritus

Archaeology; method and theory; cultural ecology; complex hunter-gatherers; social archaeology; northeast Asia, North America


Sharon A. Carstens
Faculty Profile

CH 141 - G
Provides academic advising

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


Marc R. Feldesman
Faculty Profile

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


Martin E. Adams
Faculty Profile 

MA, Portland State University, 2008; Departmental Affiliate 
Archaeoentomology, human and animal ectoparasites, prehistoric human entomophagy, introduced species, medical and veterinary entomology.


James Beebe
Faculty Profile

PhD Stanford University, 1978; Departmental Affiliate
Applied social sciences, qualitative research methodology, international development anthropology, social change, public policy, leadership; Philippines, South Africa


Maria Beebe
Faculty Profile

PhD Stanford University, 1993; Departmental Affiliate
Applied sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis, women’s leadership, information communication technologies (ICT) for development


Robert Boyd
Faculty Profile


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


Douglas Deur
Faculty Profile

PhD Louisiana State University 2000 (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


Jill K. Gardner
Faculty Profile

PhD University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2006; Departmental Affiliate
Hunter-gatherer cultural development, settlement and subsistence practices, migration patterns, the role of environment in social complexity, social and political change, forensic anthropology, cultural resources management; Native North America, California, the Mojave Desert, Egypt, Jordan


Xia Zhang
Faculty Profile

PhD University of Pittsburg 2011; Departmental Affiliate
Globalization, urbanization, gender (esp. masculinity), development, new media, youth, migration, labor politics, China, East Asia


Adjunct Faculty

Jennifer Aengst
Faculty Profile

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


Tracy J. Andrews
Faculty Profile

PhD University of Arizona 1985, MPH Columbia University 1988; Adjunct Professor
Sociocultural Anthropology; Native Americans;  Medical Anthropology; Ecological and Natural Resources Anthropology; Minority and International Health Issues ; Political Ecology; Gender.


Melanie Lee Chang
Faculty Profile 

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


William Cornett
Faculty Profile

CH 141 - J

MA Portland State University 1998; Adjunct Instructor
Political Ecology; Power and Resistance; Ethnographic Writing; Folklore


David Lee Moore
Faculty Profile

CH 141 - L

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


Angela Perri

PhD Durham University 2014; Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Archaeology; zooarchaeology; domestication; paleoecology; hunter-gatherers; Old World prehistory; North America


Amiee Potter
Faculty Profile

CH 141 - J

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


Cameron M. Smith
Faculty Profile

CH 141 - J

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


Mary Soots
Faculty Profile

CH 141 - U

MA Portland State University 2009; Adjunct Instructor
Latin America; environmental and economic sustainability; geography; Hispanic communities in Oregon


Melissa Van Otten

MA Portland State University 2001;
Physical Anthropology, archaeology, the development of early state-organized societies, historical archaeology of Western Civilizations 

Office Staff

Office Coordinator

Becky Hoven
CH 141- A

Office Specialist. Departmental budget, grants, personnel

Office Assistant

Grace Muus
CH 141 - A

Work-study student. Receptionist, website updates, newsletter