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Faculty Research

The Anthropology Department faculty have a wide range of research interests, including socio-cultural anthropology, Archaeology, and Biological Anthropology. Visit our SelectedWorks 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 Advisor 

Benjamin Alberts
balberts@pdx.edu; youcanbookme page
Undergraduate Advising  

SMSU - M305
Provides academic advising

 

Full-Time Faculty

Shelby Anderson
ashelby@pdx.edu
503-725-3318
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
virginia@pdx.edu
503-725-3303
Faculty Profile

CH 141L
Provides academic advising

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

 

Sharon A. Carstens
carstenss@pdx.edu
503-725-3315
Faculty Profile

CH 141O
Provides academic advising

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

 

Michele R. Gamburd
gamburdm@pdx.edu
503-725-3317
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
charles.klein@pdx.edu
503-725-3316
Faculty Profile

CH 141P
Provides academic advising

PhD University of Michigan 1996; Assistant 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
jspoon@pdx.edu
503-725-9729
Faculty Profile
jeremyspoon.com

CH 141Q
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
sster@pdx.edu
Faculty Profile

CH 141E
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
mtankha@pdx.edu
Faculty Profile

CH 141
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
nvasey@pdx.edu
503-725-3912
Faculty Profile

CH 141N
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
doug@pdx.edu
360-921-5241
Faculty Profile

CH 141I

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
amesk@pdx.edu
503-725-3049
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

 

Marc R. Feldesman
feldesmanm@pdx.edu
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
meadams@pdx.edu
Faculty Profile
paleoinsect.com 

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


James Beebe
beebe@gonzaga.edu
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
marbeebe@pdx.edu
Faculty Profile

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


Robert Boyd
rtboyd@pdx.edu
Faculty Profile
RobertTBoyd.com

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
deur@pdx.edu
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
jill.k.gardner@gmail.com
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
xzhang@pdx.edu
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

jaengst@pdx.edu
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
t.j.andrews@pdx.edu
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
mlchang@pdx.edu
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
cornettw@pdx.edu
503-725-8463
Faculty Profile

CH 141J

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

 

David Lee Moore
b5dm@pdx.edu
Faculty Profile

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

 

Angela Perri
aperri@pdx.edu

PhD Durham University 2014; Adjunct Assistant Professor

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

 

Amiee Potter
potteram@pdx.edu
Faculty Profile

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

 

Cameron M. Smith
smithcm@pdx.edu
Faculty Profile

CH 141J

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

 

Mary Soots
mary.soots@pdx.edu
Faculty Profile

CH 141U

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

 

Melissa Van Otten
vanotten@pdx.edu

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


Office Staff

Connie Cash
cashc@pdx.edu
503-725-3361
Staff Profile

CH 141F

Office Specialist. Departmental budget, grants, personnel

 

Summer Johnson
summer.johnson@pdx.edu
503-725-3081

CH 141F

Work-study student. Receptionist, website updates