Courses

Introduction to Anthropology, Honors ANTH 1102H

This course is an introduction to anthropology’s four major subfields: biological anthropology, archeology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. As it is taught at the Honors level, students will delve more deeply into each subfield than in the standard sections.

Archaeological Adventures, Discoveries, and Debates ANTH 2210

This course presents key discoveries and contemporary debates in archaeology and provides an overview of archaeological societies in the New and Old World. Students examine representative sites, artifacts, and important moments in the human past and learn how archaeologists piece together evidence to tell the story of humanity.

Principles of Archaeology ANTH 3305

Archeology is the subfield of anthropology that has as its goal the understanding of the human past by studying the material remains that people leave. This course will cover the history, goals, methods, and theoretical base of current technology. Cultural resource management will be introduced as well. I teach both online and in-class sections of this course. 

Engaged Archaeology ANTH 3375

Although archeology is a scholarly subject, it is not divorced from contemporary issues. In this class, students learn the role that archeology plays in various publics and communities. Students identify and engage stakeholders related to an archaeological site and undertake a hands-on project such as developing a heritage management plan or a collaborative excavation plan. Students also evaluate competing interpretations of the past and develop a narrative that incorporates multiple understandings of material culture.

Archaeology of Asia ANTH 4422 / ASIA 4422

This course examines cultural and historical developments in Asia from approximately 10,000 BCE through 1600 CE. Students learn about the rise of complex societies, cities, and states; early economies; empires; and the role of archaeology in modern Asia. Along the way, students engage in major debates that have arisen from competing interpretations of the archaeological record.

Practicum in Anthropology ANTH 3397

I regularly supervise Practicums on South Asian archaeology, heritage, archaeology education and other related topics. In the Practicum, students act as a Research Assistant on one of my projects and collect and analyze data. Interested students should contact me at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the practicum semester.

Directed Applied Research ANTH 4100

I regularly supervise DARs on South Asian archaeology, heritage, archaeology education and other related topics. In the DAR, students complete a research project on a topic of their choice. The course is reading and writing intensive and students must be independently motivated to stay on track throughout the semester. Interested students should contact me at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the DAR semester. 

Directed Study ANTH 4400

I regularly supervise Directed Studies on a wide variety of topics related to archaeology and anthropology. In the Directed Study, I work with students to create a tailor-made syllabus on a topic that is not ordinarily taught at KSU. The course is reading and writing intensive and students must be independently motivated to stay on track throughout the semester. Interested students should contact me at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the Directed Study semester.

Special Topics in Anthropology ANTH 4490 

I teach Special Topics periodically. Previous Special Topics classes included: Archaeology of Identity, Global Migration from Prehistory to the Present, and Archaeology of Political and Economic Systems.

Honors Seminar

I teach Honors Seminars periodically. Previous Honors Seminars included Anthropology of Money and Things.

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