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?

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

The Body: STEM & Humanities Symposium
Featuring Dr. Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Farmer is a pioneer at the intersection of health care and human rights, an award-winning medical anthropologist, a physician, an educator and a humanitarian who is recognized as one of the world’s most passionate and influential voices for global health equity and social justice.
The Symposium will also feature a panel of Baylor Faculty reflecting on The Body from their respective disciplines:

Dwayne Simmons – Department of Biology
Sara Dolan – Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
Natalie Carnes – Department of Religion
Lilla Dorvee - Senior Anthropology major awarded
WACO, Texas (Feb. 23, 2018) — Mission Waco honored its volunteers of the year, including six Baylor University students and two campus organizations, as “Servant Leaders” during the Christian nonprofit’s annual banquet on Feb. 20.

Those who received awards included:
• Emily Neyland — senior Business Fellows major from Houston
• Amy Adams — senior Business Fellows major from Southlake, Texas
• Lilla Dorvee — senior Anthropology major from Roswell, Georgia
• Ellen Coulter — senior mechanical engineering major from Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas
• Maya Fontenot — senior sociology major from Houston
• Bailey Payne — senior Communication Sciences and Disorders major from Victoria, Texas
• Baylor Alpha Phi Omega (APO)
• Baylor Campus Kitchen
Baylor University's Institute of Archaeology Casts Doubts on Early Humans in California
Joseph V. Ferraro, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and director of the Institute of Archaeology, and his fellow researchers urge caution in interpreting the Cerutti finds. “We argue that the purported human-induced damage to the mastodon’s bones are actually common features of the paleontological record. Some of these damage morphologies are present in dinosaur remains and are not unique indicators of human activities,” the researchers said.
2017 TAS Distinguished Service Award
88th Annual Meeting of the Texas Archeological Society
Carol Macaulay-Jameson received a distinguishing service award for her outstanding contributions of service to Texas Archeology, held in Grapevine Texas.
The Italian Dig
Under the direction of Dr. Davide Zori, assistant professor of history and archaeology in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, together with Dr. Lori Baker, associate professor of anthropology, and Dr. Colleen Zori, lecturer of anthropology, this transdisciplinary project is centered on the archaeological past of the San Giuliano plateau, located approximately 45 miles northwest of Rome.

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.