Curators and Researchers of the Museum of Anthropology

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Professor  Joyce Marcus (Anthropology), Director (July 1, 2011-June 30, 2016)


Kent V. Flannery (James B. Griffin Distinguished University Professor), Curator of Human Ecology and Archaeobiology
Cultural evolution, Near East, Middle America, Andes

Joyce Marcus (Robert L. Carneiro Distinguished University Professor), Curator of Latin American Archaeology
Social evolution, archaeology, comparative states, Latin America

John O'Shea, Curator of Great Lakes Archaeology
Prehistoric economics, archaeology, Method and Theory, North America, Great Lakes, Europe

Carla M. Sinopoli, Curator of Asian Archaeology
Early states and empires, South Asia, material culture

Robert Whallon, Curator of Europe and Mediterranean Archaeology
Paleolithic-Neolithic, hunter-gatherers, Europe, Near East

Henry T. Wright (Albert Clanton Spaulding Distinguished University Professor), Curator of Near Eastern Archaeology
State formation, complex systems, modeling, Near East, China, Madagascar, eastern United States

Assistant Curator

Robin A. Beck,  Assistant Curator of North American Archaeology
Emergent social complexity, culture contact, North America,  Andes

Raven Garvey, Assistant Curator of Circumpolar Archaeology
Hunter-gathers, human ecology, evolutionary theory, lithic technologies; Patagonia

Brian Stewart, Assistant Curator of Africa
Archaeology, foragers, evolution of adaptive flexibility; Paleolithic socio-spatial organization, Middle and Later Stone age of Africa

Curators Emeriti

C. Loring Brace, Human evolution, "race," dentition, history of biological anthropology

Richard I. Ford (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor), Cultural ecology and evolution, ethnobotany, archaeology, American Indians

Jeffrey R. Parsons, Archaeology, Mesoamerican and Andean prehistory

John D. Speth (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor), Curator of North American Archaeology
Hunter-gatherers, diet and subsistence, Neanderthals, North America, Middle East

Associate Research Scientists

Robert Reynolds, Computer modeling and simulation

B. Holly Smith, Evolutionary biology, human paleontology, life history, dental anthropology

Assistant Research Scientists

Timothy Horsley, Geophysical survey methods; cultural landscapes and changing settlement patterns; American bottom archaeology; North Atlantic archaeology; integration of non-invasive prospection techniques into cultural resource management practices

Lisa C. Young, Archaeology, agricultural societies, American Southwest, settlement and subsistence, technology

 Research Investigator

Laura Motta, Paleoethnobotany, complex societies, state formation processes,  late prehistory, First Millennium BCE Italy

Adjunct Associate Research Scientist

John R. Alden, SW Iran, INAA analysis, Inca road, early states, regional analysis using surface survey data.

Adjunct Assistant Research Scientist

Meghan Howey, Native North American archaeology, ethnohistory, ritual, egalitarian social organization, Geospatial Analysis (GIS)

Collection Staff

Karen Dively, Collection Manager

Jennifer Scott, Assistant Collection Manager



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