Department of Anthropology

Anthropology Faculty and Staff

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* Indicates Graduate Faculty

Department Chair - Paul Trawick, Ph.D.

Faculty

*Paul Trawick, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Department Chair
Paul Trawick is the Chair of the department and Associate Professor of Socio-cultural Anthropology. His research focuses primarily on the management of water for irrigation, and like any anthropologist with a similar interest, he views that problem as a social rather than a technological one. He is one of only a few anthropologists who have carried out comparative ethnographic research on successful irrigation systems in different parts of the world—mainly the Peruvian Andes and the Mediterranean coast of Spain--work that employed the same methods and research questions to reveal how such systems operate from the farmers’ point-of-view.. <trawpaul@isu.edu>

*Elizabeth Cartwright, Ph.D., Professor
Dr. Cartwright’s interests include medical anthropology, visual anthropology, ethnomedicine, migrant farmworkers and environmental health, and women's health. Links: Hispanic Health Projects, Visual Anthropology. <carteliz@isu.edu>

*John Dudgeon, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Dr. Dudgeon is a micro- and bioarchaeologist studying archaeogenetics, human-environment interaction and archaeological chemistry/materials properties. He is the Director of the Center for Archaeology, Materials and Applied Spectroscopy (CAMAS) and the joint Anthropology/Biosciences Ancient DNA Extraction Laboratory (ADEL). His teaching and research focus is bioarchaeological method and theory, with emphasis on population genetics, bone and teeth chemistry, diagenesis and residue-based approaches to paleodiet. Dr. Dudgeon is also Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Anthropology. <dudgeon@isu.edu>

Drusilla Gould, B.A., Senior Lecturer, Native Language Instructor
Ms. Gould is an Instructor of American Indian Studies. She is a native Shoshoni speaker who teaches a two-year Shoshoni language curriculum and courses in native craft traditions. <gouldrus@isu.edu>

*Chris Loether, Ph.D., Professor
Dr. Loether is the Director of the American Indian Studies Program, Director of the Linguistics Program, and Co-Director of the Shoshoni Language Project. Dr. Loether specializes in Uto-Aztecan, Celtic, Germanic and Semitic languages. He has worked specifically with the Western Mono, Owens Valley Paiute, Shoshoni and Welsh languages. His other specialties include sociolinguistics, ethnopoetics, lexicography, language revitalization, and the ethnology of California and Great Basin Indians. <loetchri@isu.edu>

*Herb Maschner, Ph.D., Research Professor
Dr. Herbert Maschner is Anthropology Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH). His research interests include regional analysis, global systems, complex systems analysis, quantitative methods, analytical laboratory techniques (stable isotopes and elemental analyses), Darwinian Theory, historical and marine ecology, and computer-based methods of analysis including GIS. <maschner@isu.edu>

Christian Petersen, M.S., Senior Lecturer
Mr. Petersen is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology. His teaching focus is Sociocultural and Biocultural Anthropology, with emphases in human osteology and pathological conditions of the skeleton, and forensic anthropology. <petechri@isu.edu>

*Katherine Reedy, Ph.D., Associate Professor 
Dr. Reedy is a socio-ecological and applied anthropologist who works with the Aleut of Alaska on issues of identity and cultural development, economic development, fisheries policy, their relationships to endangered species, and the Aleut role with the volatile commercial fishing industry. She has also worked with the Yupiit and Iñupiat of Alaska on their roles in the creation of fisheries policy. <reedkath@isu.edu>

*Kyra Stull, Ph.D., Assistant Professor 
Dr. Stull is a biological anthropologist with specific interest in human growth and development, modern human variation, forensic anthropology, and quantitative methods. Her forensic anthropological research involves the evaluation of age and sex differences in the long bones of modern children and craniometric and postcraniometric human variation, with specific focus on the genetically admixed populations in South Africa. Dr. Stull is the Director of the Forensic Anthropology Laboratory. <stulkyra@isu.edu>

Lewis Thomas, M.A., Senior Lecturer
Mr. Thomas is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology. His teaching focus is Sociocultural Anthropology with research emphasis in Burma (Myanmar). <thomlewi@isu.edu>
           

Adjunct/Affiliate Faculty

*David Peterson, Ph.D.
Dr. Peterson is an archaeologist whose research focuses on early complex societies in the Caucasus Mountains region and Eurasian Steppes, and archaeometallurgy in the Old and New World. His archaeological fieldwork currently centers on Bronze and Iron Age village and cyclopean fortress sites in the Marmarik Valley of Armenia, and his archaeometallurgical research includes analysis of Bronze and Early Iron Age copper, bronze, gold and silver metalwork from Armenia, Daghestan (North Caucasus), and Samara, Russia (Middle Volga region), as well as Native American copper beads and pendants in the Pacific Northwest.<peterson@isu.edu>

James Woods,  M.A.
Mr. Woods is an Affiliate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology. He teaches evening courses at the ISU Residence Center in Twin Falls. He is also the Director of the Herrett Center for Arts & Science and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the College of Southern Idaho. His current interests include experimental replication and use studies of stone tools of the Great Basin and Mesoamerica. Woods is also on the Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. <jwoods@csi.edu>

Emeritus Faculty

*Richard Holmer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Dr. Holmer is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology. His research interests include stone tool technology and taxonomy, computer applications, Geographic Information Systems, Cultural Resource Management, Great Basin and Mesoamerican archaeology. <holmrich@isu.edu>

Anthony Stocks, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Dr. Stocks is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology. His research interests include ecological anthropology, applications of anthropology, anthropological theory, community conservation, cultural survival, and community forestry. Dr. Stocks provides technical assistance to indigenous groups in the neotropics interested in vindicating their historical land rights - especially in areas where forest conservation is concerned - through mapping, self-studies, and the development of institutions of stewardship. <astocks@isu.edu>

Department Staff

Christine Cento-Ownby, Administrative Assistant
<centchri@isu.edu>

Michael Alvord, Financial Specialist
<alvomich@isu.edu>

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