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  1. 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 blackness in public school settings in Prince George… More

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    (202) 885-1837

  2. 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 investigates how the interplay of international and local dis… More

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    (202) 885-6797

  3. 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 maintains interests in both prehistoric and historic… More

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    (202) 885-1848

  4. Damien Huffer, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Damien is a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute and department of physical anthropology. He is a bioarcheologist who's current research uses stable isotope geochemistry to investigate diet and movement over the life… More

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  5. Dolores Koenig, Professor

    CAS - Anthropology

    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 social change that value the experiences of local peop… More

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    (202) 885-1832

  6. Ralph Koziarski, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  7. Sibel Kusimba, Anthropologist in Residence

    CAS - Anthropology

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  8. 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, ancient African chiefdoms and states, urbanism in Africa… More

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    (202) 885-6378

  9. Charneka Lane, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Anthropology

    Dr. Lane has a rich interdisciplinary research program that borrows from feminist and queer traditions within Linguistic Anthropology, Cultural Studies, and Critical Geographies. In addition to addressing broad issues of sexuality within American pop… More

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  10. William Leap, Professor

    CAS - Anthropology

    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 politics in the urban US and urban South Africa, s… More

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    (202) 885-1831

  11. Kristen Pearlstein, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Anthropology

    Kristen Pearlstein's research interests focus on the skeletal health of European immigrants and Euro-Americans living in the 19th and 20th century urban US. Her research utilizes a biocultural framework to situate questions about the impact of healt… More

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  12. 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 culture, ideas of wilderness, and public engagement … More

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  13. 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 Honduras, she argues that the symbolic violence re… More

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    (202) 885-1845

  14. Michael Polson, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Anthropology

    Michael Polson is a Visiting Professor of Anthropology at American University. His primary research, based on 19 months of fieldwork in Northern California, concerns the contentious transformation of marijuana from an illegal to a legal-medical commo… More

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  15. 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 the social and economic history and world of resist… More

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    (202) 885-1833

  16. 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 anthropology, she has a post-doctoral master’s degree in hea… More

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    (202) 885-1830

  17. Nina Shapiro-Perl, Filmmaker in Residence

    CAS - Anthropology

    Nina Shapiro-Perl is an award-winning producer and director who currently holds the position of Filmmaker-in-Residence at American University, where she teaches and leads the Community Voice Project. Before joining the faculty of American University,… More

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    (202) 885-6791

  18. 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 in medical anthropology at Wayne State University … More

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    (202) 885-6793

  19. Susanne Unger, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    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-sponsored and corporate Filmbildung (film education) pro… More

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  20. 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 Garcia (Princeton, 2009), David Vine’s work focus… More

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    (202) 885-2923

  21. 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. Specifically, I examine the health consequences of poverty and inequality through skeletal and documentary data analysis. I co… More

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    (202) 885-1663

  22. Brett Williams, Professor

    CAS - Anthropology

    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 money for a halfway house. Since coming to Washing… More

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    (202) 885-1836

  23. Jean Wogaman, Senior Administrative Assistant

    CAS - Anthropology

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    (202) 885-1838