Department Updates

Department Updates

Anna Brown is joining the Anthropology department at Appalachian State University as Administrative Support Specialist in 2021. She has spent the last 16 years working for local businesses in human resources and administrative management.  She is passionate about the environment and has volunteered for the National Park Service for many years. She moved to the area from Jonesborough, Tennessee in 2002 to attend Appalachian State, where she acquired a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology. She fell in love with the mountains and made them her home, where she resides with her husband and two boys. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, and plays guitar.

Aric Thoresen received his degree in anthropology from Appalachian State University in 2016, he travelled throughout Latin America and became TEFL certified. Inspired by his interests in both anthropology and teaching, he is now pursuing a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction (Early Childhood Education plus certification) at Arizona State University. 

Honors senior Gaby Romero, president of the Multicultural Greek Council at Appalachian and chief of staff of the university’s Student Government Association, joined other student leaders in setting safety standards for fraternity and sorority members. Romero is a multidisciplinary anthropology major pursuing minors in political science and economics and is also a Diversity Scholar. She spent the Summer of 2020 working as a virtual intern for North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein’s reelection campaign.Click here for the full story "App State student leaders set safety guidelines and actions for returning fraternity and sorority members" by Elisabeth Wall posted Aug. 4, 2020, at 3:17 p.m. in AppalachianToday. [originally published at]

The Department is pleased to announce that three new faculty have joined us for the 2020-2021 academic year. To read more about their research and teaching interests, please click on their name:

Dr. Sophia Dent, Visiting Assistant Professor

Areas of Research: Biological anthropology, skeletal biology and osteology, stable isotope analysis, nutrition, food security, periodontal disease and dental calculus, physiological plasticity; Southeastern North America

Dr. Geoff Kelley, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Areas of Research: Conservation anthropology, trans-boundary conservation, political ecology, historical ecology; U.S. - Mexico border=

Dr. Alex Nelson, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Areas of Research: Psychological anthropology, gender and sexuality, anthropology of love and intimacy, sex work and human trafficking, marriage and courtship, socio-legal studies; Korea, East Asia, United States