Assistant Professors

PhotoFaculty MemberResearch Interests
bio_pic_grooms.jpgDr. Seth B. Grooms
Assistant Professor
(828) 262-2283
328A Anne Belk Hall
(PhD Washington University in St. Louis 2022) Eastern Woodlands of pre-contact North America, earthen monumentality, Poverty Point, archaeology of the Archaic period, the Lower Mississippi Valley, hunter-gatherer studies, American Indian epistemologies and philosophies, cultural landscapes, the role of ritual in identity formation, performance, flexible social organization among non-agrarian societies, geoarchaeology, chronological modeling; Southeastern U.S.
 Dr. Neşe Kaya ÖzkanDr. Neşe Kaya Özkan
Assistant Professor
(828) 262-2268
349H Anne Belk Hall
 (PhD University of Arizona 2023) Language and environmental politics; language ideologies; language activism; language loss; language reclamation; environmental justice; anthropology of environmentalism; multilingualisms; language, ethnicity, and race; multispecies ethnography; Middle East, Hemshins, Turkey
kisselprofile1c.jpg?itok=IEUE-dxMDr. Marc Kissel
Assistant Professor
(828) 262-6713
349A Anne Belk Hall
(PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison 2014) The evolution of modern humans and the processes by which hominins became human; the evolutionary arc of human warfare, Neandertal behavior; quantitative genetics; computer modeling; semiotics; paleoanthropological theory
sornitoprofilec.jpg?itok=m-SevE3EDr. Christina Verano Sornito
Assistant Professor
(828) 262-6429
349D Anne Belk Hall
(PhD Columbia University 2015) Anthropology of religion, magic and sorcery, hauntology, climate change in the Pacific, debates across ontology and non-Western/Indigenous frameworks, trajectories in autoethnographic and multimodal ethnography, transnational labor, media studies, visual anthropology, anthropology of sound, psychoanalysis, Central European avant-gardes; The Philippines, Southeast Asia, U.S. Empire/Imperialism