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Anthropology | Faculty Research Interests

 Arvenita Washington Cherry

African diaspora, African American cultures, Afro-Latinas/os in the U.S., African American and Native American unions, bi-racial and multiracial people of African descent, education, community building, school to prison pipeline, identity construction, race, racism, equity, diversity and inclusion, museum studies, Prince George's County, Maryland and Washington, D.C.


C. Anne Claus

Environmentalisms, nature ideologies, ocean studies, political ecology, post-colonialism, ethnographic writing, food studies


Richard Dent

Prehistoric and historic archaeology, the origins of settled village life, and the incorporation of horticulture into subsistence bases after AD 1200


Dolores Koenig

Development anthropology; development-caused forced displacement and resettlement in urban areas with a focus on new infrastructure projects in West Africa and Asia; social change in agricultural societies, especially West Africa; public anthropology

Chap Kusimba

Old World Archaeology and Ethnology; Archaeology of Chiefdoms and States; Early Cities and States in Africa; Archaeology of the Indian Ocean; Archaeology of Slavery; Evolution of Inequality; Trade and Trading Systems; Ethnoarchaeology, Ethnohistory, and Oral Traditions


Sibel Kusimba

East African ethnology and archaeology; mobile money and mobile communication; economic anthropology


William Leap

Public anthropology; Queer linguistics. Language and Sexuality. Globalization and oppositional voice. Social justice.


Siobhán McGuirk
Migration and mobility; immigration/ asylum law; sexuality; gender; NGOs and non-profits; state power; visual methods; linguistics; public anthropology; United States; Europe.


Adrienne Pine

Violence, migration, gender, nursing, technology & the body, political economy, labor justice, human rights, drug and alcohol studies in the United States, Central America, Mexico, Korea, Egypt


Michael Polson

War on drugs, marijuana, political economy, urban/rural governance, resource economies, land, political anthropology, medicine, legal anthropology

Daniel Sayers

Historical Archaeology, Capital, Materialist Alienation, Social Inequalities, Praxis, Theory (most areas), African Diaspora, Maroonage, Political Archaeology, Animal Emancipation

Nina Shapiro-Perl

Television and video production

Sue Taylor

Aging, ethnographic research methods, aging, oral history, and urban anthropology

David Vine

U.S. foreign policy and human rights, U.S. military bases, war and militarization, forced displacement, indigenous peoples' rights, race and ethnicity, gentrification, urban anthropology, ethnographic writing, inequality and social justice

Rachel Watkins

Biological and social history of African Americans living in the 19th and 20th century urban US, health consequences of poverty, and inequality through skeletal and documentary data analysis

Julie Wesp

Bioarchaeology; Mesoamerican archaeology; colonial Latin America; Afro-Mexican research; gender; activity analysis; bone biomechanics; Yucatan; Central Mexico; labor organization


Brett Williams

American culture and folklore, credit and debt, urban life, gentrification and displacement, homelessness, poverty, politics and family values, environmental justice, and the history and culture of Washington D.C.