Anthropology Faculty and Staff

Arvenita Cherry Professorial Lecturer CAS - Anthropology

Arvenita Washington Cherry is a socio-cultural and educational anthropologist with expertise on the African Diaspora, race and ethnicity, and racism. Her research focuses on social constructions of bl

  awcherry@american.edu

  (202) 885-6342

C. Anne Claus Assistant Professor CAS - Anthropology

C. Anne Claus is Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department. C. Anne Claus is a cultural anthropologist who researches environmental issues in contemporary Japan. Her academic work investigate

  claus@american.edu

  (202) 885-6797

Richard Dent Associate Professor CAS - Anthropology

Prof. Dent is the author of Chesapeake Prehistory: Old Traditions, New Directions and a significant number of other publications on the archaeology of the Chesapeake and Middle Atlantic regions. He ma

  potomac@american.edu

  (202) 885-1848

Alana Glaser Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Alana Glaser is an Educator with the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy at National Nurses United. She is an applied medical anthropologist with research foci in nursing and care sector wo

  aglaser@american.edu

Chapurukha Kusimba Professor CAS - Anthropology

Chapurukha (Chap) Kusimba  holds his degrees from Bryn Mawr (PhD) and Kenyatta University in Nairobi. His specialties include the archaeology of complex societies and the origins of inequality, ancien

  kusimba@american.edu

  (202) 885-6378

Manissa Maharawal Acting Assistant Professor CAS - Anthropology

Manissa Maharawal's research focuses on the spatial and temporal dynamics of contemporary urban social movements in the United States, from Occupy Wall Street and anti-gentrification activism to Black

  manissam@american.edu

  (202) 885-6641

Siobhan McGuirk Adjunct Professorial Lecturer CAS - Anthropology

Siobhán McGuirk is a socio-cultural anthropologist specializing in migration and mobility, sexuality and gender, and NGO studies. Her doctoral dissertation is an ethnographic study exploring how LGBT-

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Rebecca Peixotto Adjunct Instructor

Becca Peixotto is a PhD candidate focusing on historical archaeology and resistance landscapes of the Great Dismal Swamp. Her areas of specialization and interest are historic landscapes, material cul

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Adrienne Pine Associate Professor CAS - Anthropology

Adrienne Pine is a militant medical anthropologist who has worked in Honduras, Mexico, Korea, the United States, Egypt, and Cuba. In her book, Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in

  pine@american.edu

  (202) 885-1845

Daniel Sayers Associate Professor and Department Chair, Anthropology CAS - Anthropology

Trained in philosophy, anthropology, history, and archaeology, Dr. Sayers is a Historical Archaeologist who works in the United States. Currently, his Great Dismal Swamp Landscape Study is exploring t

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  (202) 885-1833

Gretchen Schafft Public Anthropologist in Residence CAS - Anthropology

The major foci of Gretchen Schafft’s career have been minority/majority interface, social justice, education and access to health care in the United States. In addition to her doctorate in anthropolog

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  (202) 885-1830

Sue Taylor Public Anthropologist in Residence CAS - Anthropology

Taylor had extensive experience in nursing administration and clinical practice when she pursued a career in anthropology focusing on issues of health and gerontology. She directed a graduate program

  suet@american.edu

  (202) 885-6793

Susanne Unger Professorial Lecturer CAS - Anthropology

Susanne Unger's research interests focus on the political and social uses of media and the arts, with an area focus on Germany. She investigates the beliefs and practices that inform government-sponso

  sunger@american.edu

  (202) 885-6798

David Vine Associate Professor CAS - Anthropology

Author of Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, August 2015) and Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego

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  (202) 885-2923

Rachel Watkins Associate Professor CAS - Anthropology

My research focuses on the biological and social history of African Americans living in the 19th and 20th century urban US. I began this journey studying the health consequences of poverty and inequal

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  (202) 885-1663

Julie Wesp Professorial Lecturer CAS - Anthropology

I received my doctorate in Anthropology with a designated emphasis in women, gender, and sexuality from the University of California Berkeley and hold a BA in Latin American Studies and Anthropology f

  jwesp@american.edu

  (202) 885-1848

Buck Woodard Professorial Lecturer CAS - Anthropology

Buck Woodard is a cultural anthropologist specializing in historical and applied research, with a primary focus on the ethnohistory and ethnology of indigenous North America. His research interests in

  woodard@american.edu

Emerita and Emeritus Faculty

Dolores Koenig Professor Emerita

Dolores Koenig is a specialist in international development, interested in both its challenges and its successes. She is especially interested in finding new ways of talking about development and soci

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William Leap Professor Emeritus

William Leap’s career in public anthropology has included work with American Indian tribes (community organizing, language renewal, teaching retraining), engagements with language, sexuality, and HIV

  wlm@american.edu

  (202) 885-tter

Brett Williams Professor Emerita

Brett Williams began her work as an anthropologist working among migrant farm workers in Illinois, exploring how they coped with terrible poverty and helping them organize a lettuce boycott and raise

  (202) 885-1836