Anthropology Faculty

Anthropology Faculty

Dr. Naomi Cleghorn, PhD from Stony Brook University, 2006;

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Associate Chair, Anthropology Program Director

Naomi Cleghorn

Research Specialization: Bioarchaeology; zooarchaeology; human osteology; Old World prehistory and human origins; the archaeology of Neanderthals and early modern humans; biological anthropology.

Dr. Christian Crowder, PhD from University of Toronto, 2005

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Forensic Anthropologist, Dallas County Medical Examiner Office

christian crowder

Research Specializations: Forensic Anthropology

Dr. Ritu Khanduri, PhD from the University of Texas-Austin, 2007

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Ritu Khanduri

Reaserch Specialization: Media; globalization; subaltern studies; gender; history; diaspora;

Dr. Ashley Lemke, PhD from University of Michigan, 2016

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Ashley Lemke

Research Specialization: Anthropological archaeology; prehistory; hunter-gatherers; and underwater archaeology

Dr. Isabel Montemayor, PhD from Michigan State University, 2014

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Isabel Montemayor

Research Specializations: Influence and intersection of immigration policy and health care policy on transnational lives

Dr. Carrie Perkins, PhD from Southern Methodist University, 2019

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Carrie Perkins

Research Specializations: Forced migration and refugee studies; applied anthropology within international development and humanitarian assistance; urban agriculture and environmental protection in refugee assistance.

Dr. Karl Petruso, PhD from Indiana University, 1978

Professor Emeritus, Anthropology

Karl Petruso

Research Specializations: Aegean prehistory; classical archaeology; economic prehistory.

Dr. Luis F. B. Plascencia, Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin, 2005

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Center for Mexican American Studies

Luis Plascencia

Research Specializations: Anthropology of law, human rights, political anthropology, economic anthropology, Latinos in the US, Mexico-US borderlands, transnational migration, nationalism & citizenship.

Dr. Joci Caldwell Ryan, PhD from Southern Methodist University, 1996; MPH from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, 2010

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Joci Ryan

Research Specializations: Food and culture; gender and sexuality; medical anthropology; and African studies

Dr. Shelley L. Smith, PhD from the University of Michigan, 1990

Professor, Anthropology

Shelley Smith

Research Specializations: Skeletal variation; human growth and development; and human evolution

Dr. Amy Speier, PhD from University of Pittsburgh, 2005

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Amy Speier

Research Specializations: Medical anthropology; gender; the anthropology of tourism; various types of health and medical tourism; and Central European Studies.

Dr. Christian Zlolniski, PhD from University of California-Santa Barbara

Professor, Anthropology

Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies

Christian Zlolniski

Research Specializations: Latinos in the U.S.; globalization; transnational migration; economic anthropology; and Mexico.