Department of


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?

Studying (or evening majoring or minoring in Anthropology) gives you the opportunity to reflect on how and why different people and populations have developed both similar and different characteristics in their biology and behaviors. We use a comparative approach between people/populations and even among different species to understand the commonalities and differences that exist, and the forces that have shaped these outcomes.

Interested in HEALTH? Anthropology is for you!

Interested in the ENVIRONMENT? Anthropology is for you!

News & Events

Advanced Maya Writing: Text & Context of the Komkom Vase
Christopher Helmke of University of Copenhagen and Julie Hoggarth of Baylor University will co-lead the one day workshop dedicated to the archaeology and epigraphy of a Terminal Classic Maya vase recently discovered during excavation at the site Baking Pot, and representing the longest currently know text from Belize. Some familiarity with Maya glyphs is recommended but not required. Regular Price: $75, Full-time Student: $50
Alexandra Michelle Smith inducted as Phi Beta Kappa
Alexandra Michelle Smith, Anthropology Major and Spanish Religion Minor was inducted into the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences in the United States.

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. 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. 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.