Faculty

Photo Faculty Member Research Interests
Dr. Jon H. Carter
Associate Professor
(828) 262-6380
346 Anne Belk Hall
(PhD Columbia University 2012) Political anthropology, anthropology of violence, borders and immigration, incarceration and surveillance, media theory, fictocriticism and ethnographic writing; Honduras, Latin America (ON LEAVE, SPRING 2022)
Dr. Stephen Christopher
Dr. Stephen Christopher
Adjunct Assistant Professor
(828) 262-2295
348 Anne Belk Hall
(PhD Syracuse University 2018) Ethnicity; Religion; South Asia
Dr. Sophia C. Dent
Visiting Assistant Professor
(828) 262-7784
320A Anne Belk Hall
(PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2020) Biological anthropology, skeletal biology and osteology, stable isotope analysis, nutrition, food security, periodontal disease and dental calculus, physiological plasticity; Southeastern North America
Dr. Gokee
Dr. Cameron Gokee
Assistant Professor
(828) 262-6752
324 Anne Belk Hall
(PhD University of Michigan 2012) African archaeology, village communities, borderlands, spatial analysis, ceramic analysis, archaeology of the contemporary
Dr. Geoff Kelley
Adjunct Assistant Professor
(828) 262-2295
348 Anne Belk Hall
(PhD University of Georgia 2013) Conservation anthropology, transboundary conservation, political ecology, historical ecology; U.S. - Mexico border
Dr. Marc Kissel
Assistant Professor
(828) 262-6713
349C 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
Dr. Susan Lappan
Associate Professor
(828) 262-8909
349E Anne Belk Hall
(PhD New York University 2005) Biological anthropology, primate behavior, ecology, conservation biology, small apes; Indonesia, Malaysia
Dr. Krista A. Lewis
Professor
Department Chair
(828) 262-7404
349J Anne Belk Hall
(PhD University of Chicago 2005) Arabian archaeology, interrelationships of food, politics, environment, and trade; archaeological heritage preservation and engagement; public archaeology; ancient urbanism; Arabian Peninsula, Oman, Yemen
Dr. Alex J. Nelson
Visiting Assistant Professor
(828) 262-6412
349F Anne Belk Hall
(PhD University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2020) 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
Dr. Dana E. Powell
Associate Professor
(828) 262-2268
349H Anne Belk Hall
(PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2011) Sociocultural anthropology, political ecology, environmental justice, energy extractivism, feminist STS, decolonial theory, posthumanist anthropology, social movements, collaborative ethnography; Diné (Navajo) Nation, North Carolina, Taiwan [Dr. Powell is ON LEAVE for Academic Year 2021-2022, serving as Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures, and the Center for International Indigenous Affairs, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan.]
Dr. Gwen M. Robbins Schug
Professor
320A Anne Belk Hall
(PhD University of Oregon 2007) Bioarchaeology, human-environmental interactions, skeletal and dental biology, paleopathology, Indus civilization; India, Modern Italy, Bronze Age Oman [ON LEAVE 2020-2022]
Dr. Timothy J. Smith
Professor
Department Honors Director
(828) 262-8473
344 Anne Belk Hall
(PhD University at Albany, SUNY 2004) Political and legal anthropology, governance and ethnicity in Latin America, democracy and electoral politics, historical ethnography, environmental subjectivities, indigenous languages and pedagogy (Kaqchikel Mayan and Napo Kichwa), immigration; Guatemala, Ecuador, Spain, and France
Dr. 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 [ON LEAVE, SPRING 2022]
Dr. Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson
Visiting Assistant Professor
(828) 262-6383
349G Anne Belk Hall
(PhD University of Arizona 2019) Linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, globalization, language ideology, language in the mass media and popular culture, discourse analysis, digital ethnography, computer mediated communication, pragmatics, lexical semantics; Argentina, Latin America
Dr. Alice P. Wright
Associate Professor
(828) 262-6384
322 Anne Belk Hall
(PhD University of Michigan 2014) Southeastern archaeology, pre-Columbian interaction, Hopewell, the built environment and monumentality, landscapes, GIS, archaeological geophysics, community and applied archaeology, heritage management; Southern Appalachians, Southeastern U.S.