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: TBA


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: TBA


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:  TBA

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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:  TBA, in 615 Flanner Hall


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: 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: TBA


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: TBA  in 635 Flanner Hall

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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: TBA 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: TBA 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: TBA


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: TBA in 624 Flanner Hall


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: TBA 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: TBA in 642 Flanner Hall


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: TBA.


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: TBA


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: TBA in 649 Flanner Hall

Visiting Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellows



Patty Kuo

Postdoctoral Research Associate

PhD University of Michigan

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

Contact: pkuo@nd.edu
Office hours: By appointment in 621 Flanner Hall



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