Anthropology Department - About Our Faculty & Staff

Anthropology Faculty

Dr. Rebecca Austin
Associate Professor of Anthropology &
Chair and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

Expertise 

  • Environmental anthropology 
  • Applied anthropology 
  • Cultural ecology 
  • Community-based conservation 
  • Environmental impacts 
  • Southeast Asia 
  • Public involvement 
  • Social impact assessment 
  • Curriculum design 
  • Program evaluation 
  • Environmental justice 
  • Environmentalism  

Education 

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Georgia, 2003 
  • M.A., Applied Anthropology, Northern Arizona University, 1989 
  • B.A., Fort Lewis College, 1980 

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Dr. David Kozak
Professor of Anthropology

Expertise:

    • Medical anthropology
    • Applied anthropology
    • Global health
    • Religion and shamanism
    • Oral traditions
    • Adventure culture and tourism
    • Substance abuse
    • Native American cultures
    • U.S. Southwest
    • East Africa

Education:

    • Ph.D., Anthropology, Arizona State University, 1994
    • M.A., Anthropology, Arizona State University, 1990

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Dr. David Kozak is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Dr. Dawn Mulhern
Chair and Professor of Anthropology &
Coordinator of the Forensic Studies Minor

Expertise

  • Skeletal biology
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Paleopathology
  • Human evolution
  • Repatriation

Education

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1996
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1994
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1992

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Dr. Dawn Mulhern is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Nadia Neff
Visiting Instructor of Anthropology

Expertise

  • Bioarchaeology 
  • Biomolecular Archaeology 
  • Battlefield Archaeology 
  • Forensic Anthropology 
  • Skeletal Biology 

Education

  • M.S., Bioarchaeology, University of York, 2015
  • B.A., Anthropology, Fort Lewis College, 2013

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Nadia Neff is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Dr. Charles Riggs
Professor of Anthropology

Expertise 

  • Neolithic societies 
  • Community layout, architecture, and spatial organization 
  • Migration, residential mobility, and identity 
  • Community aggregation and reorganization 
  • Computer applications in archaeology, including GPS/GIS technologies 
  • Native American perspectives  

Education 

  • Ph.D., The University of Arizona, 1999 
  • M.A., The University of Arizona, 1994 
  • B.A., The University of Arizona, 1990 

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Jesse Tune
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Professional interests

  • Hunter-gatherer behavioral adaptations during the Pleistocene/Holocene transition 
  • Lithic technological organization
  • Environmental archaeology
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Human/environment interactions
  • Public archaeology

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Anthropology Staff

Laurel Baldwin

Laurel Baldwin, Administrative Assistant

Interests

  • Backyard beekeeper
  • River tube rider
  • Native American flute player

Education

  • B.A., Gender & Women Studies, Fort Lewis College, 2014

Contact


Emeritus Anthropology Faculty

Philip Duke, Ph.D., F.S.A., Professor Emeritus
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Don Gordon, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
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W. James Judge, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
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Susan Riches, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
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