Graduate Faculty

Although the Department does not offer a graduate degree in anthropology, six professors are members of the Graduate Faculty of the University. They serve on MA thesis committees and offer graduate courses for students.

List of Graduate Courses


Photo Faculty Member Research Interests
Dana Powell
Dr. Dana E. Powell
Associate Professor
(828) 262-2268
349H Anne Belk Hall
(PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2011) Environmental anthropology, political ecology, critical development studies, energy, social movements, infrastructure, new materialism, and climate change; Navajo/Diné Nation, Native America ON LEAVE, 2019-2020
Dr. Timothy J. Smith
Professor and Department Chair
(828) 262-8473
344 Anne Belk Hall
(PhD University at Albany, SUNY 2004) Sociocultural anthropology, Latin American development and ethnicity, electoral politics and democracy, historical ethnography, environmental subjectivities, indigenous languages and pedagogy (Kaqchikel Mayan and Napo Kichwa), immigration; Guatemala, Ecuador, Spain, France
Christina Verano Sornito
Dr. Christina Verano Sornito
Assistant Professor
(828) 262-6429
349D Anne Belk Hall
(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
Alice Wright
Dr. Alice P. Wright
Assistant 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.