Jon Carter

Jon H. Carter 
Assistant Professor

346 Anne Belk
(828) 262-6380

(PhD Columbia University 2012) Anarchist anthropology, anthropology of violence, borders and immigration, incarceration and surveillance, media theory, fictocriticism and ethnographic writing; Honduras, Latin America 

Cheryl P. Claassen 
Research Professor

326 Anne Belk
(828) 262-6385

(PhD Harvard University 1982) Archaeology, shell, sociology of archaeology, gender, Archaic, symbolism, caves; Eastern United States, Mexico 

Cameron Gokee 
Research Assistant Professor

324 Anne Belk
(828) 262-6752

(PhD University of Michigan 2012) Village communities, historical landscapes, material culture and technology, archaeology of the contemporary; West Africa, Southwestern United States

Linda J. Jencson
Senior Lecturer

349D Anne Belk
(828) 262-6713

(PhD University of Oregon 1991) Cultural anthropology, disaster response, popular culture, myth, inter-ethnic communication and the arts, social networks; United States 

Eric I. Karchmer 
Assistant Professor

349A Anne Belk
(828) 262-6398

(PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2005) Medical anthropology, science studies, the politics of knowledge, Chinese medicine, China studies, colonial and postcolonial societies, history of medicine, ethnobotany; China 

Larry R. Kimball 

330 Anne Belk
(828) 262-4899

(PhD Northwestern University 1989) Southern Appalachian Prehistory, Middle Palaeolithic of Caucasus Mountains (Russia), lithic technology and microwear analysis, quantitative methods; Russia, Appalachia 

Susan Lappan 
Assistant Professor 

349E Anne Belk
(828) 262-8909

(PhD New York University 2005) Biological anthropology, conservation biology, reproductive strategies in Siamangs, population genetics; Indonesia 

Diane P. Mines


349J Anne Belk
(828) 262-6382

(PhD University of Chicago 1995) Cultural anthropology, materiality and time, narrative, phenomenology of time and place, Tamil Studies; India, South Asia 

Dana E. Powell
Assistant Professor

349H Anne Belk
(828) 262-2268

(PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2011) Cultural politics of energy development; political ecology; critical Native/Indigenous studies; infrastructure; science and technology studies; social movements; ethnography; and engaged scholarship; Native North America. 

Gypsy C. Price
Adjunct Lecturer 

349B Anne Belk 
(828) 262-6381 

(PhD University of Florida 2015) Isotopic analyses and diet and mobility studies; the intersection of exchange spheres and object biographies; mortuary identity, connection to place, and socio-political relations; subsistence and faunal political economies; social complexity and emerging complex societies; Late Bronze Age Greece and the Mycenaean Culture; the archaeology of Late Woodland North Carolina.

Colin P. Quinn

349F Anne Belk 
(828) 262-6412

(ABD University of Michigan) Origins of social inequality, morturary archaeology, bioarchaeology, landscapes, signaling theory, metal procurement and sustainable mining, public scholarship, prehistory of Europe; Europe (Romania and Ireland) and Near East (Jordan)

Gregory G. Reck

349G Anne Belk
(828) 262-6383

(PhD Catholic University of America 1972) Ethnological theory, social change, magic and religion, narrative ethnography, global processes at the local level, identity construction; Mexico, India, Appalachia 

Christopher Santiago

Christopher J. Santiago
Adjunct Lecturer

349B Anne Belk 
(828) 262-6381

(PhD Columbia University 2017) Peasant resistance movements, Andean messianism, shamanism, animism, histories of magic and the imagination, hysteria, intimacy/obscenity, sacred sociology, avant-garde art and ethnographic film; Peru, Latin America 

Gwen M. Robbins Schug 
Associate Professor 

320A Anne Belk 

(PhD University of Oregon 2007) Bioarchaeology, human growth and development, bone biology, histology, human-environment interactions, paleodemography, South Asian Prehistory; India 

Timothy J. Smith 
Associate Professor & Department Chair

342 Anne Belk
(828) 262-8473

(PhD University at Albany, SUNY 2004) Sociocultural anthropology, ethnicity and development, electoral politics and democracy, languages (Kaqchikel Mayan and Kichwa); Latin America (Guatemala and Ecuador) and Europe (France and Spain) 

Christina Verano Sornito

Christina Verano Sornito
Assistant Professor

349C Anne Belk
(828) 262-6429

(PhD Columbia University 2015) Visual anthropology, ethnographic film, video/audio documentary, voice theory and anthropology of sound, healing and sorcery, magic and religion, anthropology of nature and the Anthropocene, indigenous studies, nationalism, transnational labor, psychoanalysis, Central European avant-gardes; The Philippines, Southeast Asia 

Thomas R. Whyte 

328 Anne Belk
(828) 262-2283

(PhD University of Tennessee at Knoxville 1988) Archaeology, zooarchaeology, experimental archaeology, island and coastal adaptations, zoogeography; Eastern United States, Southern Appalachia 

alice wright

Alice P. Wright 
Assistant Professor 

322 Anne Belk
(828) 262-2295


(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.  

Professors Emeriti

Anthropologists in Other Departments

Kristen Baldwin Deathridge, Assistant Professor, Department of History

Brian J. Burke, Assistant Professor, Department of Sustainable Development

Fred Hay, Librarian of the W L Eury Appalachian Collection, Anne Belk Distinguished Professor, and Professor of Appalachian Studies Belk Library and Information Commons

Kelly McCallister, Assistant Professor/Distance Education Librarian. Belk Library and Information Commons

Andrea McDowell, Academic Advisor, The Honors College

Joyce Ogburn, Dean of the Libraries

William Schumann, Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies

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Anthropology Speaker Series
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Anthropology Foundation 

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Physical Location

The Department of Anthropology is located in Anne Belk Hall. The administrative office is located in Room 342 and all of the faculty offices, classrooms, and labs are located on the 3rd floor.

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