Anthropology Faculty

Anthropology Faculty

Carwil Bjork-James (email)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D. City University of New York).  Cultural anthropology; grassroots autonomy and protests in Latin America; takeover and use of urban space by social movements in Bolivia; transformations of social power.

Beth Conklin (email)
Associate Professor of Anthropology; Department Chair (Ph.D., University of California).  Cultural and medical anthropology; indigenous peoples of the Brazilian Amazon, environmental movements and cultural responses to climate change.

Arthur A. Demarest (email)
Ingram Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., Harvard).  Director, Vanderbilt Institute of MesoAmerican Arachaeology; General Editor VIMA Monographs in Archaeology.  Archaeology and ethno-history of Latin America (Inca, Aztec, Maya, Olmec).

Tom D. Dillehay (email)
Rebecca Webb Wilson University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Religion and Culture (Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin).  Archaeology:  Change and development of prehistoric complex societies, particularly in Peru and Chile; colonialism, ethnography, and ethno-history.

Markus Eberl (email) Associate Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D. Tulane University).  Archaeology and Maya epigraphy; settlement patterns and elite commoner relations in ancient Maya society; ceramic analysis (Mexico, Guatemala).

Edward F. Fischer (email)
Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., Tulane).  Mayan ethnic movements, the political economy of Guatemala, and the impacts of globalization.  He is the author of Cultural Logics and Global Economies, Broccoli and Desire, as well as a number of edited volumes and journal articles.

William R. Fowler, Jr. (email)
Associate Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., Calgary).  Archaeology and ethno-history of conquest period in Mesoamerica, particularly El Salvador.

Lesley Gill (email)
Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., Columbia).  Political violence, human rights, global economic restructuring, the state, and transformations in class, gender, and ethnic relations (Bolivia, Colombia, United States).

Thomas A. Gregor (email)
Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus (Ph.D., Columbia).  Ethnology, native peoples of Brazil, psychological anthropology, conflict and violence.

John W. Janusek (email)
Associate Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., University of Chicago).  Archaeology; development of complex societies in the South American Andes; human identity and power relations; urbanism, space and place in the southern Lake Titicaca Basin.

Patricia J. Netherly (email)
Research Associate Professor (Ph.D., Cornell).  Socio-political organization and the political economy of archaic states with particular reference to the Andes, modalities of complexity in pre-state societies, cultural ecology of the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene in South America.

Amy Non (email)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., M.P.H., University of Florida). Genetic and sociocultural contributors to racial and social inequalities in health; racial inequalities in blood pressure in Puerto Rico and the United States.

Charles E. Orser, Jr. (email)
Research Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale). Archaeology, post-Colombian history, social theory and archaeological analysis of social inequality and the material conditions of modernity in Brazil and elsewhere. Founder and editor of the International Journal of Historical Archaeology.

Norbert O. Ross (email)
Associate Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., University of Freiburg, Germany).  Maya groups in Chiapas, Yucatán (Mexico) and Petén (Guatemala).  Cultural anthropology and cognition, children’s acquisition of cultural knowledge, cultural change.

Mareike Sattler (email)
Senior Lecturer (M.A., University of Bonn, Germany).  Geographic representations from the perspective of historical linguistics. Maya epigraphy, hieroglyphic grammar, colonial Maya texts, modern Kaqchikel and K’iche’.

Jacob Sauer (email)
Lecturer, Pre-Major Academic Advisor (Ph.D., Vanderbilt). South American archaeology.

Tiffiny A. Tung (email)
Associate Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).  Bioarchaeology, skeletal biology and paleopathology, health consequences of imperialism and body as social artifact in the Peruvian Andes.

Jennifer Vogt (email)
Lecturer, Pre-Major Academic Advisor (Ph.D., Vanderbilt). Economic anthropology, community development studies, transformations in socio-cultural organization, and local and collective experiences of macro-level economic policy reform.

Steven A. Wernke (email)
Associate Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison), Director of Undergraduate Studies.  Archaeology and ethno-history of the Andean region; colonialism and culture change, missionary encounters, community and land-use organization, GIS and special analysis.

Catesby Yant (email)
Senior Lecturer, Pre-Major Academic Advisor (Ph.D., Vanderbilt). Archaeology of Yucatan, Mexico.

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