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
Dr. Sophia C. Dent
Visiting Assistant Professor
(828) 262-7784
349F 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
Cameron Gokee
Dr. Cameron Gokee
Assistant Professor
(828) 262-6752
324 Anne Belk Hall
(PhD University of Michigan 2012) Village communities, borderlands, spatial analysis, material culture; West Africa, Southwestern United States
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
Kissel
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
Susan Lappan
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 and Chair
(828) 262-7404
349J Anne Belk Hall (Chair's Office)
330 Anne Belk Hall (Research Lab)
(PhD University of Chicago 2005) Archaeology, interrelationships of food, politics, and trade; archaeological heritage preservation and engagement; public archaeology; development of social complexity; ancient urbanism; Arabian Peninsula, Oman, Yemen
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
Gwen Robbins Schug
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
(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
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. Thomas R. Whyte
Professor
(828) 262-2283
328 Anne Belk Hall
(PhD University of Tennessee at Knoxville 1988) Archaeology, zooarchaeology, experimental archaeology, Appalachian Summit archaeology; Eastern United States, Southern Appalachia
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.