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: TH 10:00A-12:00P, and by appointment in 266 Corbett Family Hall


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: TBA 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
Drop-in hours:  W 2:00-3:00P, and by appointment in 284 Corbett Family Hall


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:  T W 10:00A-11:30A  in 317 Hesburgh Center

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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:  T 10:00A-12:00P, or by appointment in 234 Corbett Family Hall


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:  MW 9:30A-11:15A, or by appointment in 236 Corbett Family Hall


Agustín Fuentes


PhD University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests: Creativity, imagination, and meaning-making in human evolution, ethnoprimatology and multispecies anthropology, evolutionary theory, and public perceptions of, and interdisciplinary approaches to, human nature(s).

Contact: (574) 631-3118  afuentes@nd.edu
Office hours: T 1:00P-2:00P, W 2:00P-3:30P, or by appointment  in 262 Corbett Family Hall


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:M 1:30-2:30P and  F 10:00-11:30A in 244 Corbett Family 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: On leave spring 2020

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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: T 10:00A-11:00A, W 2:00P-3:00P, or by appointment in 254 Corbett Family Hall



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: 3:30-4:30pm Monday-Friday in 296A Corbett Family 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: On academic leave for 2019-20.

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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: T/TH 11:00A-12:00P & 2:00P-3:00P  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: By appointment in 264 Corbett Family Hall

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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: TH 3:30-5:00P or by appointment in 240 Corbett Family 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: On leave spring 2020

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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
Undergraduate Office hours: M 11:00A-12:00P & T 9:00A-10:30A  in 248 Corbett Family Hall
Graduate Student Office hours: M 2:00-3:00P & W 11:00A-12:00P in 268 Corbett Family Hall

Other Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows

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Madeline Chera

Adjunct Professor

PhD Cand., Indiana University Bloomington

Research Interests:  Food culture, consumption, biological and cultural diversity, ethnoecology, political ecology, gender, development, ethnic identity, migration and diaspora, social movements, youth culture, India, the US.

Contact: (574) 631-4113  mchera@nd.edu
Office hours: MW 2:00P-3:00P, or by appointment in 238 Corbett Family Hall

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Amanda D. Cortez

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD University of Notre Dame

Contact: Amanda.D.Cortez.14@nd.edu
Office hours: By appointment in 262 Corbett Family Hall

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Rebecca Gibson

Visiting Assistant Professor

PhD American University

Research Interests:  Modern/Industrial Europe, fashion and fashion theory, corseting, clothing as self-expression, biocultural anthropology and women's lives, robot/human sexual interactions, ethical AI, embodiment theories, gender theories, human skeletal morphology, museum ethics, and zombies.

Contact: rgibson2@nd.edu
Office hours: T/TH 9:00A-10:00A in 292 Corbett Family Hall

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Ryan Lash

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD Northwestern University

Research Interests: Medieval and historic Irish archaeology, pilgrimage, pastoralism, heritage tourism, sustainability, sensory archaeology, experimental archaeology, new materialisms; Ireland

Contact: rlash@nd.edu


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) 631-9746 mmcleest@nd.edu
Office hours: By appointment

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Jeffrey V. Peterson

Postdoctoral Fellow

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: T/TH 10:30-11:30A in 262 Corbett Family Hall



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