Department of

Anthropology

Collectively, we study human diversity across time and space. As a discipline, Anthropology attempts to understand the human past, present, and future using tools and techniques from the sub-fields of sociocultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology. We aim to educate students to address real-world problems through a combination of classroom learning, seminars, and hands-on field and laboratory research opportunities. This can include, for example, examining fossil casts or modern human bones, studying at the zoo or in villages in developing countries, and digging for artifacts in the field or just facts in the library.

Areas of Study

Our faculty pursues research in DNA analysis, GIS, disease diagnostics and other biomarkers, ecological anthropology, forensic anthropology, fossil excavation, modern Mayan cultures, Global and One Health, and both historic and prehistoric archaeology.

Anthropology Field Work

Research sites include Central and Latin America, the Caribbean, West, East, and South Africa, near Eastern Mediterranean, and Texas. All of these projects offer excellent opportunities for students to participate in primary research working alongside their professors.

Why should I study anthropology?

You are human, what could be more rewarding than studying the origins and diversity of human biology and behavior? By studying Anthropology, you open the door to the opportunity to reflect on how and why different people and populations have developed similar and different characteristics in their biology and behaviors.

We create problem-solvers with excellent critical thinking and written/oral communication skills that employers desire. In Anthropology, we utilize a comparative approach between people/populations and among different species to understand the forces that have shaped their ways of life.

Interested in HEALTH? Anthropology is for you!

Interested in the ENVIRONMENT? Anthropology is for you!

News & Events

Oct
11
2019
Ms. Macaulay-Jameson's class project in Independence is featured in the Baylor Arts & Sciences magazine. She leads the way to get Independence (the birthplace of Baylor in 1845) on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sep
21
2019
The Department's future, including a new proposed PhD program with an emphasis on health, our tradition of serving undergrads, and our commitment to diverse experiences like study abroad, are highlighted.
Sep
21
2019
Having recently finished his post-doc at Duke, and before that his PhD from Harvard, Dr. Urlacher joins us as an Assistant Professor with expertise in human biology, aging, and health. He is particularly interested in the connections between early life experiences and lifetime metabolic health.
Sep
21
2019
We are accepting applications for an assistant professor (tenure-track) working in human genetics, including molecular anthropology, genetics of modern diseases, genetic epidemiology, evolutionary/population genetics, behavioral genetics, epigenetics, the microbiome, ancient DNA, bioinformatics, and all related topics.
Apr
17
2019
Baylor Arts & Sciences Magazine: From Research to Relief
Dr. Mark Flinn's research in the community of Petite Soufriere took a backseat, however, on Sept, 18, 2017, when Hurricane Maria hit the island of Dominica, which Flinn said gave "real immediate urgency to my work" in recovery efforts.

Anthropology Faculty

The core faculty of the Department of Anthropology are from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds including: cultural, physical, applied, and forensic anthropology, archaeology, and forensic chemistry and biology. Research concentrations and specific projects are reflected in these backgrounds.

Sara E. Alexander, PhD Sara E. Alexander, PhD Professor and TIEEES Fellow Her current research centers on human responses to climate and other environmental changes. Lori Baker, PhD Lori Baker, PhD Professor of Anthropology & Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, Collaboration and Leadership Development Her work focuses on the recovery, identification, and repatriation of deceased migrants found along the US/Mexico border. Katie M. Binetti, PhD Katie M. Binetti, PhD Senior Lecturer & Undergraduate Program Director She is a paleoanthropologist broadly interested in the role past environments have played in molding our species into the diverse and complex organisms that we are today. Garrett W. Cook, PhD Garrett W. Cook, PhD Professor He is a socio-cultural anthropologist and ethnographer, though I have also been trained in archaeology and have worked as a professional archaeologist and briefly as a museum director. Joseph V. Ferraro, PhD Joseph V. Ferraro, PhD Associate Professor & Director of the Institute of Archaeology He is an anthropologist with broad interests in the evolution of human biology. Mark V. Flinn, PhD Mark V. Flinn, PhD Professor Focusing on the nexus of stress and the family, he is a biomedical anthropologist who aims to understand how and why social relationships influence child health. Julie A. Hoggarth, PhD Julie A. Hoggarth, PhD Assistant Professor Her research applies an interdisciplinary approach that integrates history, demography, archaeology, and climate research. James R. Huggins, MFS James R. Huggins, MFS Senior Lecturer He is a retired Texas Ranger interested in the identification and repatriation of undocumented border crossers in South Texas. Carol A. Macaulay-Jameson, MA Carol A. Macaulay-Jameson, MA Senior Lecturer She is currently involved in a number of archaeological and historical research projects in central Texas and western New Mexico. Michael P. Muehlenbein, PhD, MsPH Michael P. Muehlenbein, PhD, MsPH Professor & Chair His work ranges from evolutionary medicine and ecological immunology (including hormone-mediated immunity) to global/One health and travel medicine (specifically preventing emerging infectious diseases from wild primates). Alan F. Schultz, PhD, MPH Alan F. Schultz, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor His research incorporates approaches from cultural and biological anthropology as well as public health and epidemiology. Samuel S. Urlacher, PhD Samuel S. Urlacher, PhD Assistant Professor His work focuses on human evolutionary biology, aging, and health. He is particularly interested in how child nutrition and other early life experiences shape lifetime metabolic health. Joshua L. Keene, PhD Joshua L. Keene, PhD Temporary Full-Time Lecturer Timothy L. Campbell Timothy L. Campbell Temporary Full-Time Lecturer

State of The Art Facilities

In addition to extensive teaching laboratories that house a range of specimens and equipment, the Department has a number of research facilities, including our own extensive core facility for genomic and biomarker analyses, archaeology and zooarchaeology labs, an anatomy laboratory featuring a plastinated human cadaver, and areas for conducting forensic experiments.