Shelby Anderson

Dr. Shelby Anderson

Assoicate Professor
PhD, University of Washington, 2011
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Dr. Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at Portland State University. Anderson’s research interests include hunter-gatherer societies, evolutionary theory, human ecodynamics, ceramic technology, applied archaeology, cultural resource management, and archaeology of the Arctic, Sub-arctic and Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Anderson’s research and scholarly work falls into three inter-connected areas of interest: 1) study of past human-environment interactions, or human ecodynamics, in hunter-gatherer groups, 2) hunter-gatherer technologies, particularly ceramic and clay technologies, and 3) applied archaeology.  I pursue these interests through several on-going research projects in northern Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Read more about her work on her webpage.

She is also currently involved in a multi-institution effort to bring together members of the Arctic social science and Indigenous communities to reassess the goals, potentials, and needs of these diverse communities and Arctic social sciences research within the context of a rapidly changing circumpolar North. You can read more about the Arctic Horizons Project, and participate virtually, on the project webpage.

Recent Publications

Anderson, S.L., James Jordan, and Adam Freeburg (online, 2018) Human Settlement and Mid-Late Holocene Coastal Environmental Change at Cape Krusenstern, Northwest Alaska. Quaternary International.

Anderson, S.L., S. Tushingham, and T. Buonasera (2017) Maritime Adaptations and the Adoption of
Arctic Ceramic Technology: Results of Residue Analysis. American Antiquity, Vol. 83(3):452-479.

Anderson, S.L. and J. Junge (2017) Late Pre-Contact Settlement on the Northern Seward Peninsula Coast: Results from Recent Fieldwork.  Alaska Journal of Anthropology, Vol.15 (1-2):99-125.

Anderson, S.L. (2016) Clay Source Provenance Survey in Remote Areas of Northwest Alaska: Late 
Holocene Ceramic Production in the Arctic. Journal of Field Archaeology, Vol. 41(3): 238-254.

Anderson, S.L. and Freeburg (in press) High Latitude Coastal Settlement Patterns: Cape Krusenstern, Alaska.  Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology.

Anderson, S.L. and Freeburg 2013 A High Resolution Chronology for the Cape Krusenstern Site Complex, Northwest Alaska. Arctic Anthropology, Vol. 50:49-71.

Anderson, S.L, M. Boulanger, and M. Glascock (2011)  Late Prehistoric Social and Political Change in Northwest Alaska: Preliminary Results of a Ceramic Sourcing Study.  Journal of Archaeological Science, Vol. 38: 943-955.

Selected Publications