Faculty

The Anthropology Program at the Graduate Center draws its faculty from across the CUNY system. There are currently over 50 active, fulltime faculty members representing 10 different CUNY campuses, supported by a rich collection of emeritus professors, many of whom continue to participate substantively in student training, and a broad set of adjunct/affiliated faculty from a variety of prestigious institutions. The fulltime doctoral faculty includes members who teach only at the Graduate Center as well as others who teach at both the Graduate Center and another CUNY campus. Additional anthropologists in the CUNY system also participate in the doctoral program in diverse ways. For a fuller profile of faculty resources in the CUNY system, see the websites of CUNY anthropology departments.

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Our Faculty

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Andrea Baden

Assistant Professor

  • Anthropology

Assistant Professor

  • Biology
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Alexander A. Bauer

Associate Professor

  • Anthropology

Associate Professor

  • Middle Eastern Studies
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Melissa Checker

Associate Professor

  • Psychology

Assistant Professor

  • Anthropology

Assistant Professor

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Vincent Crapanzano

Distinguished Professor

  • Comparative Literature

Distinguished Professor

  • Anthropology
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Dana-Ain Davis

Professor

  • Anthropology

Professor

  • Psychology

Director and Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies

Director

  • Center for the Study of Women and Society
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David Harvey

Distinguished Professor

  • Anthropology

Distinguished Professor

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Mandana Limbert

Associate Professor

  • Anthropology

Associate Professor

  • Middle Eastern Studies
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Setha Low

Distinguished Professor

  • Psychology

Distinguished Professor

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences

Distinguished Professor

  • Anthropology

Distinguished Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies
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Miki Makihara

Professor

  • Anthropology

Professor

  • Linguistics

Professor

  • Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures
Ida Susser - Distinguished Professor -  profile photo

Ida Susser

Distinguished Professor

  • Anthropology

Distinguished Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies
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Larissa Swedell

Professor

  • Anthropology

Professor

  • Biology

Professor

  • Psychology
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Gary Wilder

Professor

  • Anthropology

Professor

  • French

Professor

  • History

Director

  • Committee on Globalization and Social Change
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Bianca C. Williams

Associate Professor

  • Anthropology

Associate Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies

Associate Professor

  • Psychology

Associate Professor

  • Africana Studies

Affiliated Faculty

Leslie C Aiello (PhD University of London 1981; President Emerita, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research; Professor Emerita, University College London) human evolution, adaptation and life history; energetics; evolution of the brain, diet, language, cognition, locomotion, and thermoregulation (lesliecaiello@gmail.com).

Sergio Almécija (PhD Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat de Barcelona 2009; Senior Research Scientist, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History) Ape evolution, human evolution, morphometrics, evolutionary biology (salmecija@amnh.org)

Colleen E Batey (PhD Durham 1982; Lecturer, Archeology, U Glasgow; Finds Research Manager, Arch Inst Iceland) Viking Age, Late Norse Scotland, material culture, environmental arch; North Atlantic (c.batey@archaeology.gla.ac.uk)

Timothy G Bromage (PhD Toronto 1986; Professor, Molecular Pathobiology, NYU Coll of Dentistry) Hominid origins and life history, ecological stoichiometry, biological anthropology, mineralized tissue bio; Africa (tim.bromage@nyu.edu)

Andrew J. Dugmore (PhD U of Aberdeen, Scotland 1985; Professor, Geography, School of GeoSciences, U of Edinburgh) Tephrochronology; environmental change, human environment; North Atlantic (andrew.dugmore@ed.ac.uk

Kevin J. Edwards (PhD U Aberdeen 1978; Emeritus Professor, Dept of Geography & Environment and Archeaology, U Aberdeen, Scotland and Senior Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archeological Research, U of Cambridge, England) Environmental archaeology, palynology, Norse in the North Atlantic, history of science; North Atlantic (kevin.edwards@abdn.ac.uk)

Ashley S. Hammond (PhD University of Missouri 2013; Assistant Curator of Biological Anthropology, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History) Paleoanthropology, Human Evolution, Functional Morphology, East Africa, primate locomotion (ahammond@amnh.org)

Katerina Harvati (PhD CUNY 2001; Professor and Head of Paleoanthropology, University of Tuebingen) Paleoanthropology, evolutionary primatology, Neanderthals, modern human origins, paleolithic arch; Europe (katerina.harvati@ifu.uni-tuebingen.de)

Jon H Ingimundarson (PhD Arizona 1995; Sr. Scientist, Stefansson Arctic Institute, Icleand) Cultural / historical anthropology; North Atlantic (jhi@unak.is

Laurel Kendall (PhD Columbia 1979; Curator, Dept of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History) Cultural Anthropology, religion & ritual, gender, museum anthropology, material culture, magic; Southeast Asia (lkendall@amnh.org)

Jeffrey Laitman (PhD Yale 1977; Professor, Cell Bio/Anatomy, Mt Sinai School of Medicine) Paleoanthropology, human anatomy and development, evolution of speech and language; Old World (jeffrey.laitman@mssm.edu)

Louise A. Lamphere (PhD Harvard 1968; Distinguished Professor Emerita, Anthropology, University of New Mexico) Social Organization, kinship, urban families, political anthropology gender; Native North America, United States (lamphere@unm.edu).

Elizabeth Macaulay (DPhil Oxford University, Associate Professor in Liberal Arts at the Graduate Center, CUNY) Classical archaeology, reception studies and theory, museums and public archaeology, cultural heritage, Islamic archaeology, Egypt, Jordan, Syria (emacaulay@gc.cuny.edu).

Ross MacPhee (PhD Alberta 1977; Curator, Dept of Mammalogy, American Museum of Natural History) Evolutionary primatology, comparative morphology, paleontology, paleoproteomics; Africa, Asia, Caribbean (macphee@amnh.org)

Colleen McCann (PhD CUNY 1995; Curator, Mammals Dept, Wildlife Conservation Society) Conservation biology, primate socioendocrinology, behav ecol; Africa, Asia (cmccann@wcs.org)

Karen Milek (PhD, Cambridge, 2006; Lecturer, Archaeology, Aberdeen) Settlement arch, soc arch of houses, migration, Viking & Medieval ages, 18th-19th c.; N Atlantic (k.milek@abdn.ac.uk)

A. Reg. Murphy (PhD, Calgary, 1999; Archaeologist/Director/Curator, National Parks, Antigua) Pre-Columbian societies, British military & naval arch ; Caribbean (regmurphy@hotmail.com)

Anthony J Newton (PhD, Edinburgh, 1999; Teaching/Research Fellow, GeoSciences, Edinburgh U) Tephrochronology, human-environment interactions, geomorphology, internet resources; N Atlantic; Mexico (anthony.newton@ed.ac.uk)

Michael Novacek (PhD Berkeley 1978; Curator, Dept of Vertebrate Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History) Paleontology, biogeog, evolutionary primatology; North America, East Asia (novacek@amnh.org)

Astrid Ogilvie (PhD E Anglia 1982; Fellow, INSTAAR; Senior Scientist, Stefansson Arctic Institute; Visiting Professor, University of the Highlands and Islands) Climate & environmental change, soc & hum history of North Atlantic Arctic (Astrid.Ogilvie@colorado.edu)

John G Robinson (PhD UNC-Chapel Hill 1977; Joan L. Tweedy Chair in Conservation Strategy, Wildlife Conservation Society) Conservation biology, behavioral ecology (wildcons@aol.com)

F. James Rohlf (PhD U Kansas 1962; Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Ecology & Evolution, and Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, SUNY Stony Brook) Geometric morphometrics, computer applications in systematics and ecology (rohlf@life.bio.sunysb.edu)

Ian A. Simpson (PhD U Strathclyde 1985; Professor, Dept of Environmental Sciences, Deputy Principal-Research, U Stirling, Scotland) Geoarch, environmental history, micromorphology, site formation, early arable soils, grazing & land degradation; North Atlantic, S Asia, Sahelian Africa (i.a.simpson@findhorn.stir.ac.uk)

Katherine St. John (PhD UCLA 1995; Professor, Department of Computer Science, Hunter College, Department of Computer Science and Anthropology, Graduate Center) Computational biology, phylogenetic tree reconstruction algorithms, analyzing / clustering / visualizing phylogenies (katherine.stjohn@hunter.cuny.edu)

Karine Taché (PhD Simon Fraser 2008) Complex hunter-gatherers, social inequality, exchange systems, pottery technology, organic residue analysis, archaeological method/theory, Eastern Woodlands (karine.tache@hst.ulaval.ca)

Ian Tattersall (PhD Yale 1971; Curator, Dept of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History) Paleoanthropology, evolutionary primatology, primate ecology; Madagascar, Old World (iant@amnh.org)

John Van Couvering (PhD Cambridge 1971; Research Associate, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History) Biochronology, stratigraphic geology; Africa (vancja@gmail.com)

Orri Vésteinsson (PhD U London 1996; Professor, Arch, U Iceland) Icelandic archaeology, history; North Atlantic (orri@instarch.is)

Peter Whiteley (PhD U New Mexico 1982; Curator, Anthropology Dept, American Museum of Natural History) Society, history, polity, ritual & symbolism; Native North America (whiteley@amnh.org)

James Woollett (PhD CUNY 2003; Asst Prof, U Laval) Arch, zooarch; E Arctic, N Atlantic (james.woollett@hst.ulaval.ca)

Emeriti Faculty

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Talal Asad

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

  • Anthropology

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

  • Middle Eastern Studies
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Kate Crehan

Professor Emerita

  • Anthropology

Professor Emerita

  • Women's and Gender Studies
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Susan Lees

Professor Emerita

  • Women's and Gender Studies

Professor Emerita

  • Anthropology
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Joan Mencher

Professor Emerita

  • Women's and Gender Studies

Professor Emerita

  • Anthropology
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Arthur K. Spears

Presidential Professor Emeritus

  • Anthropology

Presidential Professor Emeritus

  • Linguistics
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Katherine Verdery

Julien J. Studley Faculty Scholar and Distinguished Professor Emerita

  • Anthropology