Anthropology

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Dr. William Alexander

Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Department Chair

OS 1018H

(910)962-2227

Research Focus:

  • Political Ecology
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Political Economy
  • Latin America (Chile, US-Mexico Border)
  • Migrant Farmworkers in North Carolina
  • West Africa (Cameroon)

Education:

  • BS in Anthropology, University of Southern Mississippi
  • MA in Anthropology, University of Arizona
  • PhD in Anthropology, University of Arizona

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Dr. Eleanora Reber

Associate Professor of Archaeology

OS 1018L

(910)962-7734

Research Focus:

  • Pottery Residue
  • Southeastern Archaeology
  • Plant Domestication
  • Ancient Foodways
  • Rise of Complex Societies

Education:

  • BS in Archaeology and Chemistry, Beloit College
  • MA in Anthropology, Harvard University
  • PhD in Anthropology, Harvard University

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Dr. A. Midori Albert

Forensic Science Program Coordinator, Professor of Forensic Osteology

OS 1018C

(910)962-7078

Research Focus:

  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Age-related Craniofacial Morphological Variation in Face Recognition Technology
  • Skeletal Age Estimation
  • Bilateral Asymmetry in Growth and Maturation

Education:

  • BS in Psychology, University of Florida
  • MA in Anthropology, University of Florida
  • PhD in Anthropology, University of Colorado-Boulder
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Dr. Scott E. Simmons

Professor of Archaeology

OS 1018K

(910)962-3429

Research Focus:

  • Mayan Archaeology
  • Archaeometallurgy
  • Coastal Trade
  • Political Economy

Education:

  • BA in Anthropology, State University of New York-Plattsburgh
  • MA in Historical Archaeology, University of Massachusetts
  • PhD in Anthropology University of Colorado-Boulder
Dr. Carolyn Jost Robinson

Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology

OS 1018F

(910)962-3532

Research Focus:

  • Ethnoprimatology 
  • Multispecies Ethnography
  • Human Behavioral Ecology
  • Primatology
  • Political Ecology
  • Cameroon (West Africa)
  • Central African Republic
  • Conservation

Education:

  • BA in Anthropology, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • MS in Anthropology, Purdue University
  • PhD in Anthropology, Purdue University

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Dr. Michaela Howells

Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology

OS 1018D

(910)962-3431

Research Focus:

  • Reproduction
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Intergenerational Effects of Stress
  • Growth & Development: Human Variation
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Health Education
  • Status Inequality
  • American Samoa
  • Senegal
  • Indonesia

Education:

  • BS in Primate Behavior & Ecology, Central Washington State University
  • BA in Anthropology, Central Washington State University
  • MA in Anthropology, Iowa State University
  • Certificate in College Teaching, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • PhD in Anthropology, University of Colorado-Boulder
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Dr. Hikmet Kocamaner

Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

OS 1018G

(910)962-3705

Research Focus:

  • Political Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Anthropology of Mass Media
  • Middle East Anthropology
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Religion & Politics
  • Kinship
  • Politics of the Family
  • Turkey

Education:

  • BA in English Language & Literature, Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey)
  • MA in English Literature, Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey)
  • PhD in Anthropology & Middle Eastern & North African Studies, University of Arizona
Dr. Barbara Michael 

Part-time Faculty in Cultural Anthropology

OS 1018B

Research Focus:

  • Middle East Anthropology
  • Pastoralists/Nomads Documentary Filmmaking
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Traditional Medicine
  • Visual Anthropology
  • Museums

Education:

  • BA in Anthropology, University of Oklahoma
  • MLS, Library Science, University of Oklahoma
  • MA in Anthropology, University of Oklahoma
  • PhD in Anthropology, University of Kansas
  • Certificate in Documentary Film, Duke University
John Navarra

Part-time Faculty in Anthropology

OS 1018B

Research Focus:

  • Osteology
  • Cultural Resistance Movements

Education:

  • BA in Anthropology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • MA in Anthropology, East Carolina University
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Elizabeth Penton

Part-time Faculty in Cultural Anthropology

Research Focus:

  • Non-western & Prehistoric Image Making
  • Cross-cultural Aesthetics
  • Upper Paleolithic Material Culture and Context

Education:

  • BA in Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA in Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • PhD in Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Melissa Torpey

Part-time Faculty in Forensic Science

Research Focus:

  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Skeletal Age Estimation
  • Human Identification Techniques

Education:

  • BA in Anthropology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • MA in Forensic Anthropology, Michigan State University
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Dr. Cynthia Bellacero

Part-time Faculty of Archaeology

Research Focus:

  • Mesoamerican Archaeology
  • Archaeobotany
  • Underwater Archaeology
  • Historic Archaeology

Education:

  • BA in Anthropology, East Carolina University
  • MA in Anthropology, East Carolina University
  • PhD in Anthropology, Florida State University
Mindi Cherry

Administrative Associate

Email: cherrymm@uncw.edu
Phone: 910.962.7716
Office: Osprey Hall 1018E
Anthropology Campus Box: 5907

Education:

  • BA in History, Stetson University
  • MA in Anthropology, East Carolina University
 James C. Sabella 

Professor Emeritus

Sabellaj@uncw.edu

Robert D. McCall

Professor Emeritus

mccall@uncw.edu

Patricia B. Lerc

Professor Emeritus

Lerch@uncw.edu