In addition to teaching, the faculty have extensive research and service experience, representing the fields of archeology, sociocultural anthropology, and biological anthropology, in diverse cultural settings including Belize, China, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia , Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, the Philippines, Senegal, Sri Lanka, and the United States (American Southwest, Appalachia, and the Atlantic Coast).
We maintain one of the highest standards of research productivity in the College. Our faculty members have been awarded 6 of the scholar of the year awards (junior and senior levels) given by the College of Arts & Sciences in the past 23 years (one-third of our current tenure-line faculty members have won the college scholar of the year award at either the junior or senior levels).
The faculty are engaged in various research activities and have been recipients of numerous fellowships and grants (i.e. American Philosophical Society, National Geographic Society, L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, National Science Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, Fulbright, American Institute of Indian Studies, American Philosophical Society, Clio Foundation, Princeton University-Program in Latin American Studies).
To learn more about the research of our faculty, please visit the Faculty Profiles.
When we observe different armed conflicts and political struggles across the globe, can we grasp what moves people to action? How and why do people risk their lives in the name of an idea or cause?
Relationships among humans, non-humans, and their environments leave significant traces in our bodies, cultures, and landscapes. How can we begin to understand the complex ways that a group's sense of well-being is cultivated -- or threatened -- through specific projects of medicine, economy, conservation, or industry?
Each faculty member welcomes the chance to provide individual career advising and instruction to students, who are encouraged to speak with faculty members about research/internship possibilities.
Here are a few areas in which students may want to pursue these opportunities:
- Summer archaeological field school in western North Carolina or elsewhere in the Eastern United States
- Summer ethnographic field school in the Ecuadorian Amazon
- Summer ethnographic field school in Appalachia
- Summer Bioarchaeology Field School in Italy
- Summer Appalachian Studies and anthropology program in Wales
- Internships with a variety of service agencies and archeological projects, e.g. Appalachian Voices (environment); High Country Amigos (hispanics); Laboratories of Archeological Science; Sustainable Communities Coordinator; Legal Services of the Blue Ridge; Watauga Medical Center Forensic Pathology Lab; Hunger Coalition; Appalachian Cultural Museum; Student Action with Farmworkers, English as a Second Language, etc.