Faculty and Staff

Regular Faculty



Maurizio Albahari

Associate Professor

PhD University of California at Irvine

Research Interests: Migration and refugee mobility; sovereignty, democracy, and human rights; citizenship, cities, and aesthetics; pluralism and religion in public life; epistemology. Italy, the Euro-Mediterranean region, and the Mediterranean Sea.

Contact: (574) 631-7759  malbahar@nd.edu
Office hours: Thur 1:00pm-3:30pm, or by appointment in 620 Flanner Hall


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 in 616 Flanner Hall


Susan D. Blum


PhD University of Michigan

Research Interests: Cultural, linguistic, and psychological anthropology; deception and truth; multilingualism; person and self; ethnicity, nationalism and identity; childhood and higher education; morality; wellbeing; justice; sustainability and food; and anthropological theory; China and Asia, the U.S.; cross-cultural comparison.

Contact: (574) 631-3762  blum.24@nd.edu
Office hours: On academic leave for fall 2017


Catherine Bolten

Associate Professor

PhD University of Michigan

Research Interests: Human-animal entanglements, food security, ethnoprimatology, structural violence and inequalities, poverty, youth, social politics, conflict and peace, West Africa.

Contact: (574) 631-5099  bolten.2@nd.edu
Office hours:  Tues and Wed 10:30am-12:00pm, or by appointment in 317 Hesburgh Center

Aec Rome3


Alex E. Chávez

Assistant Professor

PhD University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests: Borderlands Anthropology; Linguistic Anthropology; Ethnomusicology/Sound Studies; Latina/o Expressive Culture; Transnational Migration; Race and Ethnicity; Ethnography; Cultural Geography; Folklore.

Contact: (574) 631-1361  achavez3@nd.edu
Office hours:  On academic leave for fall 2017


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:  Tue and Thur 12:30pm-1:40pm, or by appointment in 615 Flanner Hall


Agustín Fuentes

The Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Endowed Chair in 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: On academic leave 2017-2018.


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: On academic leave 2017-2018.


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: Mon 10:00am-11:00am, or by appointment in 636 Flanner Hall


Donna M. Glowacki

Associate 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: Wed 3:00pm-5:30pm, or by appointment  in 635 Flanner Hall

Golitko Small

Mark Golitko

Assistant Professor

PhD University of Illinois at Chicago

Research Interests: Archaeology, prehistoric conflict, social networks, human-environment systems, archaeometry, social network analysis; Europe, Southwestern Pacific.

Contact: Mark.L.Golitko.1@nd.edu
Office hours: Tues 11:00am-12:00pm and Wed 1:00pm-2:00pm in 619 Flanner Hall



Eric Haanstad

Director of Undergraduate Studies

PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests: Police, state security, symbolic anthropology. temporality, violence, theatre, performative ethnography; Native America, Thailand, Cambodia, Southeast Asia.

Contact: (574) 631-2308 EJHaanstad@nd.edu
Office hours: Tues through Fri 2:00pm-3:00pm, or by appointment in 622 Flanner Hall


Ian Kuijt


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: Tue 1:00pm-2:30pm in 617 Flanner Hall


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: Fri 1:00pm-3:00pm, or by appointment  in 624 Flanner Hall. If the door is open you are welcome to come in!


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: Tue and Thur 1:00pm-2:00pm, or by appointment in 645 Flanner Hall


Natalie Porter

Assistant Professor

PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests: Medical anthropology; science and technology studies; multispecies ethnography; biopolitics; property; Southeast Asia; Vietnam.

Contact: (574) 631-8518  Natalie.Porter.55@nd.edu
Office hours: Mon and Wed 11:00am-12:00pm, or by appointment in 642 Flanner Hall


Mark R. Schurr

Professor and Chair

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: Mon and Wed 2:00pm-3:30pm, or by appointment in 647 Flanner Hall


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: Wed 3:30pm-5:00pm in 105 Reyneirs, Tue 1:00pm-3:00pm in 637 Flanner Hall


Vania Smith-Oka

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

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: Mon 11:00am-12:00pm, Fri 9:00am-10:00am, or by appointment in 649 Flanner Hall

Visiting Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellows

Rivara Headshot For Web

Anna C. Rivara

Visiting Assistant Professor

PhD University of South Florida

Research Interests: Evolutionary anthropology, life history theory, medical anthropology, reproductive immunology, ecology and evolution of human immune responses, global health, infection control, neglected tropical diseases, health disparities, history of medicine; East Africa, Brazil.

Office hours: Mon and Wed 1:00pm-2:30pm, or by appointment in 640 Flanner Hall


Patty Kuo

Postdoctoral Research Associate

PhD University of Michigan

Research Interests: Behavioral endocrinology, parenting, fathering, infancy, and early childhood development.

Contact: (574) 631-5072 pkuo@nd.edu
Office hours: By appointment in 623 Flanner Hall


Madeleine McLeester

Postdoctoral Research Associate

PhD University of Chicago

Research Interests: Archaeology, Human-Environment Interaction, Colonialism, Archaeobotany, Stable Isotope Analysis, Late Prehistory, US Midwest

Contact: (574) 631-5072 mmcleest@nd.edu
Office hours: By appointment in 623 Flanner Hal



Michelle Thornton, Senior Administrative Coordinator

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




Eileen Barany, Senior Administrative Coordinator

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