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

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.
Apr
16
2019
Discovery of Painted Hieroglyphic Vase Gives Clues about Breakdown of Ancient Maya Civilization
The discovery of an ancient painted vase, which bears one of the longest hieroglyphic texts uncovered in the Central America lowlands, is offering new clues into the mysterious breakdown of ancient Maya civilization, says a Baylor University scholar who led the excavation.

The shattered vessel — found amid artifacts associated with the abandonment of the royal palace complex at the Maya site of Baking Pot in Belize — was discovered in excavations directed by Julie Hoggarth, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.
Apr
5
2019
2019 URSA Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
Congratulations to Anthropology Undergraduate Research Award Recipients, Shawn Cleaver, Austin Johnson, and Tammy Wake! We wish to express sincere gratitude to all the students, faculty and staff whose hard work made this year’s Scholars Week event a huge success.
Apr
3
2019
Anthropology Students present at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference, Portland Oregan
“Congratulations to Austin Johnson and Hope Schroeder for excellent presentations at the SFAA annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, March 19-23. Austin’s project examines West Texas wheat farmers’ understanding of climate change and their cultivation responses to recent recurring drought conditions. Hope’s research explores how those working in tourism in western Belize perceive the risks of future impacts to the industry given evidence of increasing temperatures and declining precipitation. Both did an excellent job!” Austin and Hope were mentored by Dr. Sara Alexander.

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 Associate Professor and TIEEES Fellow Her current research centers on human responses to climate and other environmental changes. Lori Baker, PhD Lori Baker, PhD Associate 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. Timothy L. Campbell, PhD Timothy L. Campbell, PhD Temporary Part-Time Lecturer Katherine E. Fox, Ms Katherine E. Fox, Ms Temporary Part-Time Lecturer Joshua L. Keene, PhD Joshua L. Keene, PhD Temporary Part-Time Lecturer Colleen Zori, PhD Colleen Zori, PhD Temporary Full-Time Lecturer Human beings are innately curious about other people and cultures, whether past or present, and she uses this interest as a vehicle for teaching in anthropology.

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.