Full-Time Faculty

Anthropology Department Full-Time Faculty Members

 

The department chair is Chet Sherwood.

 

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Attiya Ahmad
Attiya Ahmad

 

Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs

 

ahmada@email.gwu.edu

 

Gender and feminist studies; Islam and Muslim societies; transnationalism and globalization; migration and diaspora; tourism; Middle East and South Asia.

Sergio Almécija
Sergio Almécija

 

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

 

almecija@email.gwu.edu

 

Hominid paleobiology; modeling morphological evolution in humans and apes; early hominins, fossil apes.

Andrew Barr with skulls
Andrew Barr

 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

 

wabarr@email.gwu.edu

 

Paleoanthropology, paleoecology, environmental and ecological context of early human evolution; Africa

Jeffrey P. Blomster
Jeffrey P. Blomster

 

Associate Professor of Anthropology

 

blomster@email.gwu.edu

 

Rise of complex societies, interregional interaction in Mesoamerica, symbolism and ideology, archaeological approaches to gender, material culture. Regional focus: Mexico.

Brenda Bradley
Brenda Bradley

 

Associate Professor of Anthropology

 

bradleyjbrenda@gmail.com

 

Evolutionary genomics, molecular anthropology, comparative primate genomics, molecular ecology, population genetics, sensory ecology, pigmentation, color vision, evolution of hair. Species studied: humans, gorillas, lemurs.

David R. Braun
David R. Braun

 

Associate Professor of Anthropology

 

drbraun76@gmail.com

 

Hominin evolution, archaeology of East African Pleistocene, early hominin technology and behavior, lithic studies.

Alison S. Brooks
Alison S. Brooks

 

Professor of Anthropology

 

abrooks@email.gwu.edu

 

Early modern humans, Paleolithic archaeology, physical anthropology, paleoanthropology, ethnoarchaeology, geochronology. Regional foci: Africa, northern China.

Eric H. Cline
Eric H. Cline

 

Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and History

 

ehcline@email.gwu.edu

 

International trade and relations in the ancient Mediterranean; Bronze Age archaeology; ancient Greece, Egypt, and Israel; military history in the Mediterranean area through the ages.

Alexander S. Dent
Alexander S. Dent

 

Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs

 

asdent@email.gwu.edu

 

Public/popular culture; language; media, rural-urban relations; ethnography; ethnomusicology. Regional foci: Brazil; Latin America; North America.

Mark C. Edberg
Mark C. Edberg

 

Associate Professor of Prevention and Community Health, Anthropology, and International Affairs

 

medberg@email.gwu.edu

 

Applied and public health anthropology, social-behavioral theory, violence, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS risk, marginalized and immigrant populations. Regional foci: Latin America, Caribbean, Southeast Asia, urban U.S.

Ilana Feldman
Ilana Feldman

 

Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs

 

ifeldman@email.gwu.edu

 

Historical anthropology, government and bureaucracy, humanitarianism, citizenship, colonialism, policing and security. Regional focus: Middle East.

Christina Fink
Christina Fink

 

Professor of Practice of International Affairs and of Anthropology

 

finkc@gwu.edu

 

Burma/Myanmar in particular and Southeast Asia more broadly, equitable development, gender and development, civil society in ethnically diverse states

Professor Roy Richard Grinker
Roy Richard Grinker

 

Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs

 

rgrink@email.gwu.edu

 

Social organization; ethnicity and nationalism; autism and psychological anthropology; gender; museum anthropology; hunter-gatherers. Regional foci: Africa, Korea.

Hugh Gusterson
Hugh Gusterson

 

Professor of International Affairs and Anthropology

 

guster@email.gwu.edu

 

Militarism, nuclear culture, anthropology of science, ethics, international security, public anthropology, methods.

Ashley Hammond
Ashley Hammond

 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

 

ashleyshammond@gwu.edu

 

Evolution of apes and humans, especially the evolution of pelvic shape in both groups.

Joel C. Kuipers
Joel C. Kuipers

 

Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs

 

kuipers@email.gwu.edu

 

Linguistic anthropology; ethnography of speaking; ethnoscience; ritual; gender; nationalism; politics of culture; medical anthropology. Regional focus: Indonesia.

Stephen C. Lubkemann
Stephen C. Lubkemann

 

Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs

 

SL02@email.gwu.edu

 

Political conflict; violence; gender, migration; transnationalism and diasporas; refugees and displacement; humanitarian action; development; ethnohistory; maritime archaeology and CRM; epistemology and methodology in the social sciences. Regional foci: Lusophone Africa, Liberia, African diasporas.

Shannon McFarlin
Shannon McFarlin

 

Associate Professor of Anthropology

 

mcfarlin@email.gwu.edu

 

Dr. McFarlin is a biological anthropologist whose research focuses on understanding the significance of bone and tooth microanatomy for revealing aspects of the growth and development, life history, behavior, and environments of primates and other organisms.

Barbara D. Miller
Barbara D. Miller

 

Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs

 

barbar@email.gwu.edu

 

Social change and development; medical anthropology; health and demography; gender. Regional focus: India.

Carson Murray in the field at Gombe, Tanzania
Carson Murray

 

Associate Professor of Anthropology

 

cmmurray@email.gwu.edu

 

Adaptive value of social relationships, both on a behavioral and a biochemical level, among chimpanzees; effects of maternal stress and behavior on offspring.

Sean R. Roberts
Sean R. Roberts

 

Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Professor of Anthropology, & Director of International Development Studies Program

 

seanrr@email.gwu.edu

 

Development theory, democracy development, media and development, culture and politics, indigenous rights; Central Asia, former Soviet Union, China.

Moses Schanfield
Moses Schanfield

 

Professor of Forensic Sciences and Anthropology

 

mschanfi@email.gwu.edu

 

Applied and anthropological genetics, forensic genetics, paternity testing, evolutionary biology of the human immune system.

Robert Shepherd in Germany, 2014
Robert Shepherd

 

Visiting Associate Professor of International Affairs and Anthropology

 

rshepher@email.gwu.edu

 

Anthropology of development, cultural heritage, human rights, contemporary China.

Chet Sherwood
Chet Sherwood

 

Professor of Anthropology

 

sherwood@email.gwu.edu

 

Evolution of the primate brain; biological bases of human cognitive abilities; primatology.

Francys Subiaul
Francys Subiaul

 

Associate Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

 

subiaul@email.gwu.edu

 

Primate cognition, cognitive and brain evolution, evolutionary psychology, cognitive development, social cognition, autism.

Elanah Uretsky
Elanah Uretsky

 

Assistant Professor of Global Health, Anthropology, and International Affairs

 

euretsky@email.gwu.edu

 

Medical anthropology, HIV/AIDS, gender roles and disease transmission, research methods. Regional focus: China.

Sarah E. Wagner at GW
Sarah E. Wagner

 

Associate Professor of Anthropology

 

sewagner@email.gwu.edu

 

War and memory; nationalism; biotechnology and forensic science; post-conflict social reconstruction; forced migration and diaspora; interventionism; military culture. Regional foci: Bosnia and Herzegovina and the U.S.

Bernard Wood
Bernard Wood

 

University Professor of Human Origins

 

bernardawood@gmail.com

 

Anatomy, paleoanthropology, phylogeny reconstruction, hominin systematics, dental evolution, evolvability within the hominin clade, diet reconstruction