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
18
2018
Dangers of ecotourism: Up close and infectious
Knowable Magazine, Bob Holmes a science writer based in Edmonton, Canada, interviewed Dr. Michael Muehlenbein, Professor and Chair of Baylor University Department of Anthropology. The Q&A focused on Traveler's desire for intimate encounters with wildlife may threaten the animals they love.
Oct
17
2018
Baylor Anthropology Students Present at Central Texas Archeological Society Archaeological Information Fair
Bradie Dean, Bianca Hill, Trey Lyon, and Carol Macaulay-Jameson, Senior Lecture from Baylor University Department of Anthropology, presented fieldwork findings from a significant archaeological site in Central Texas. Students gave an overview of two years of work in a rock shelter in Coryell County; explaining ethnographic conclusions from research on those features. The presentations took place at the Archaeological Information Fair sponsored by Central Texas Archaeological Society, and McLennan Community College, Social and Behavioral Science Division, October 11, 2018.
Oct
4
2018
Dr. Sara Alexander participates in the 5th World Conference on Climate Change
Dr. Sara Alexander recently participated in the 5th World Congress on Climate Change in London, UK, where representatives from 24 countries presented papers and worked with additional delegates to explore climate change options. She presented her paper titled, "The political Ecology of Climate Change in Texas: A Steep Learning Curve for Wheat Farmers."
Sep
15
2018
Many Demographics, Latino, First Generation American, Transfer Student, First Generation College Student,
Bianca Hill, Senior, Anthropology Major, overcoming many demographics.

Sep
14
2018
'An Amazing Group of Students' Inaugural Baylor McNair Scholars Ready to Soar in the Academy
McNair Scholars Program leads first-generation and/or underrepresented students on path to eventual Ph.D. Mara Fields, majoring in Anthropology, Faculty Mentor is Joseph Ferraro, Ph.D. will have her first opportunity to present her research during the McNair Research Symposium, 4 to 6 pm, Tuesday, September 18, in the Beckham and White Rooms in the Bill Daniel Student Center.

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.