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: Contact Professor Albahari to schedule a Zoom meeting


Christopher Ball

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

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: Mon 12:00-2:00 and Wed 1:00-3:00 in 286 Corbett Family Hall


Susan D. Blum


PhD University of Michigan

Research Interests:  Cultural, linguistic, psychological, and educational anthropology; childhood and higher education; person and self; morality; wellbeing; justice; deception and truth; plagiarism, writing, and authorship; multilingualism; ethnicity, nationalism and identity; 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: Zoom Wed 2:00-3:30, or by appointment


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:  Contact Professor Bolten to schedule a Zoom meeting.

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Alex E. Chávez

Assistant Professor

PhD University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests: Borderlands Anthropology; Critical Theory; Ethnography; Ethnomusicology/Sound Studies; Folklore; Latina/o Studies; Linguistic Anthropology; Migration; Race and Ethnicity.

Contact: (574) 631-1361  achavez3@nd.edu
Office hours:  On academic leave fall 2020.


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:  Zoom T/TH 11:00am-12:30pm, or by appointment.


Lee T. Gettler

Associate 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: Zoom Tue 1:30-3:00, Wed 11:00-12:00, or by appointment


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: By office phone or email T/TH 11:00am-12:00pm and 5:15pm-6:00pm

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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: Zoom Tue 2:00-3:00pm and Wed 10:00-11:00am



Eric Haanstad

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor of the Practice

PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison

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

Contact: (574) 631-2308 EJHaanstad@nd.edu
Office hours: In person, phone, or Zoom Tues-Fri from 2:15-3:15pm in 296a Corbett 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: Zoom Mon 10:00 – 11:00am, or by appointment

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Cara Ocobock

Assistant Professor

PhD Washington University, St. Louis

Research Interests: Human biology, biological anthropology, human energetics, human ecological physiology, human thermoregulation, Neandertal thermoregulation, anthropology of sports; Finland, Samoa, American Samoa, the United States.

Contact: (574) 631-7738  cocobock@nd.edu
Office hours: Zoom preferred, or in person Tue and Thur from 10-11:30am in 256 Corbett Family Hall


Rahul Oka

Associate Research Professor, Anthropology and Keough School of Global Affairs

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

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Mark R. Schurr

Professor and Chair

PhD Indiana University

Research Interests: Archaeology, archaeological chemistry, stable isotope analysis, Late Prehistoric/Protohistoric; Eastern N. America.

Contact: (574) 631-7638  mschurr@nd.edu
Office hours: Thursday, 3:45 to 5:00 PM via Zoom or in person with appropriate social distancing, or 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: TBA

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Vania Smith-Oka

Associate Professor

PhD University of Illinois-Chicago

Research Interests: Medical anthropology; globalization & health; anthropology of reproduction; hospital ethnography; research methods; Mexico; Kenya.

Contact: (574) 631-7269  vsmithok@nd.edu
Office hours: Zoom Mon 9:00-10:00am, or by appointment. Email Professor Smith-Oka to schedule a Zoom meeting.

Other Faculty and Postdoctoral Scholars

Tracie Canadasmall

Tracie Canada

Postdoctoral Research Associate

PhD University of Virginia

Research Interests: Anthropology of sport; African-American ethnography; kinship studies; masculinity and gender studies; institutions of higher education; United States

Contact: tcanada@nd.edu

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Jeffrey V. Peterson

Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor

PhD University of Notre Dame

Research Interests:  Long-tailed macaques, the human-nonhuman primate interface, social behavior, cognition, semiotics of interaction; Bali, Indonesia

Contact: jpeter18@nd.edu
Office hours: Zoom Tue and Wed 9:30-10:30am or by appointment



Michelle Thornton, Senior Administrative Coordinator

Office: 296 Corbett Family Hall
Contact: (574) 631-6433  mthornt2@nd.edu




Eileen Barany, Senior Administrative Coordinator

Office: 296 Corbett Family Hall
Contact: (574) 631-0299  ebarany@nd.edu