Faculty and Staff

Regular Faculty



Maurizio Albahari

Assistant Professor

PhD University of California at Irvine

Research Interests: Urban life, migration, transnationalism, and globalization; culture, identity, pluralism, and interreligious dialogue; Italy, Europe, the U.S.

Contact: (574) 631-7759  malbahar@nd.edu
Office hours: Wed 10:00am-12:00pm, Thur 2:00pm-4:00pm, or by appointment


Christopher Ball

Assistant Professor

PhD University of Chicago

Research Interests: Language, semiotics of culture, politics of communication, ritual, discourse and interaction, grammatical categories and thought, indigeneity, Amazonia, Japan.

Contact: (574) 631-6993  Christopher.G.Ball.44@nd.edu
Office hours: Tue 10:00am-12:00pm, Thur 1:00pm-2:00pm, or by appointment


Jada BennTorres

Assistant Professor

PhD University of New Mexico

Research Interests: Biological anthropology; transatlantic slave trade; genetic adaptations to environment, culture and disease; genetics and health disparity; African Diaspora.

Contact: (574) 631-3763  jbenntor@nd.edu
Office hours: Tue 10:00am-1:00pm or by appointment


Susan D. Blum


PhD University of Michigan

Research Interests: Cultural, linguistic , & psychological anth; language & self; truth, lying & deception; language ideology; naming practices; multilingualism; pragmatics; nationalism & ethnicity; plagiarism; applied ethics; food & culture; childhood & adolescence; education & schooling; theory; China, Asia, United States.

Contact: (574) 631-3762  blum.24@nd.edu
Office hours: On academic leave 2013-2014


Catherine Bolten

Assistant Professor

PhD University of Michigan

Research Interests: Peace, development, structural violence & inequalities, poverty, morality, youth Africa.

Contact: (574) 631-5099  bolten.2@nd.edu
Office hours:  Tue and Wed 10:30am-12:00pm, and by appointment


Alex E. Chávez

Assistant Professor

PhD University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests: Ethnography, transnationalism, political economies of language and performance, poetics, Latina/o and Latin American music, migrant cultural production, affect and everyday life, embodied aesthetics, cultural geography; U.S.–Mexico borderlands.

Contact: (574) 631-1361  achavez3@nd.edu
Office hours:  TBA


Meredith S. Chesson

Associate Professor

PhD Harvard University

Research Interests: Archaeology, early urbanization, anth of gender, mortuary practices; Italy, Ancient Near East.

Contact: (574) 631-3775  chesson.3@nd.edu
Office hours:  Mon and Wed 9:30am-10:45am or by appointment


Agustín Fuentes

Chair of Anthropology

PhD University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests: Biological anth, primatology, evolution of social organization, primate ecology & conservation, human-nonhuman primate interactions; SE Asia, Gibraltar.

Contact: (574) 631-5547  afuentes@nd.edu
Office hours: Wed 2:00pm-4:00pm in 613 Flanner, and by appointment


Patrick Gaffney, C.S.C

Associate Professor

PhD University of Chicago

Research Interests: Religious leadership & politics, symbolic systems, humanitarian crises, language & culture, social structure & conflict; Russia, Central Africa, Egypt & the Middle East.

Contact: (574) 631-4113  gaffney.1@nd.edu
Office hours: Tue 2:00pm-3:30pm, Wed 3:00pm-4:30pm, Fri 1:00pm-2:30pm


Lee T. Gettler

Assistant Professor

PhD Northwestern University

Research Interests: Biological anthropology, life history theory, behavioral endocrinology, reproductive physiology, reproductive ecology, neurobiological correlates of partnering, allocaregiving, & fathering, cooperative breeding, allostasis, developmental plasticity & the developmental origins of health and disease (DoHAD).

Contact: (574) 631-4479  lgettler@nd.edu
Office hours: By appointment


Donna M. Glowacki

John Cardinal O'Hara, C.S.C. Assistant Professor

PhD Arizona State University, Tempe

Research Interests: Archaeology, depopulation & migration, social & religious change, intraregional exchange, ceramic & compositional analysis; Southwest & Eastern N. America.

Contact: (574) 631-7619  glowacki.3@nd.edu
Office hours: Mon 4:45pm-6:45pm, and by appointment


Ian Kuijt

Director of Graduate Studies

PhD Harvard University

Research Interests: Archaeology, Irish historical archaeology, social inequality and food production in the Near Eastern Neolithic, mortuary analysis, and lithic technology; Ancient Near East, Western N. America, Ireland.

Contact: (574) 631-3263  kuijt.1@nd.edu
Office hours: Wed 1:00pm-2:30pm


James McKenna

The Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of Anthropology

PhD University of Oregon

Research Interests: Primate social behavior, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, human ethology, infancy, evolutionary medicine, sleep, medical anth.

Contact: (574) 631-3816  mckenna.25@nd.edu
Office hours: On academic leave 2013-2014


Carolyn R. Nordstrom


PhD University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests: Political/economic anthropology, digital culture/cyber war & crime, war & peace, global extralegal, gender, culture theory, globalization.

Contact: (574) 631-5072  nordstrom.1@nd.edu
Office hours: On academic leave 2014-2015


Rahul Oka

Ford Family Assistant Professor

PhD University of Illinois Chicago and Field Museum

Research Interests: Economic anthropology/archaeology, conflict, trade, and exchange, network analysis, complex systems, collapse, anthropology of urbanism, development, relief, refugee studies, poverty issues; East Africa and South Asia.

Contact: (574) 631-1372  oka.1@nd.edu
Office hours: On academic leave 2013-2014


Mark R. Schurr


PhD Indiana University

Research Interests: Archaeology, quantitative methods, archaeological chemistry, mortuary analysis, social complexity in Middle Woodland & Middle Mississippian periods, Native American historical archaeology; Eastern N. America.

Contact: (574) 631-7638  schurr.1@nd.edu
Office hours: By appointment


Susan G. Sheridan

Associate Professor

PhD University of Colorado

Research Interests: Biological anth, paleosteology, trace element analysis, forensic anth, chemistry; Israel, Sudan, Southwest US.

Contact: (574) 631-7670  sheridan.5@nd.edu
Office hours: Tue 12:30pm-1:30pm, and Wed 2:00pm-4:00pm


Vania Smith-Oka

Associate Professor

PhD University of Illinois-Chicago

Research Interests: Medical anth, globalization & health, ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, anth of reproduction; Mexico.

Contact: (574) 631-7269  vsmithok@nd.edu
Office hours: Fri 9:30am-11:30am, and by appointment


Gabriel A. Torres

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ph.D University of New Mexico

Research Interests: Political anthropology, race/racism, sports, aesthetics, history of anthropology, anthropological theory; Spain, Caribbean, United States.

Contact: (574) 631-2308  gtorres2@nd.edu
Office hours: Tue and Wed 10:00am-12:00pm, or by appointment

Adjunct Faculty


Ines Jindra

Adjunct Assistant Professor

PhD University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Research Interests: Interaction between a changing society & the individual, identity, religion & identity, religious conversion, conversation narratives.

Contact: ijindra@nd.edu
Office hours: By appointment


Michael Jindra

Adjunct Associate Professor

PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests: Social & cultural change, cultural diversity, subculture diversity & equality, religion & popular culture; Africa & the U.S.

Contact: mjindra@nd.edu
Office hours: By appointment



Michelle Thornton, Senior Administrative Assistant

Office:  612 Flanner Hall
Contact: (574) 631-6433  mthornt2@nd.edu




Eileen Barany, Administrative Assistant

Office:  611 Flanner Hall
Contact: (574) 631-0299  ebarany@nd.edu