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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Anthropology


ARCHAEOLOGY: Four archaeologists teach in the department.  Research areas include paleoethnobotany (Wagner) and eastern North America prehistoric and contact-era archaeology (Wagner), historical archaeology of the African Diaspora (Kelly: Africa, Caribbean; Weik: Caribbean, US), and African prehistoric archaeology and ethnoarchaeology (Casey). The South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA) also has several archaeologists working on prehistoric (King & White) and historic archaeology (DePratter, South) of the Southeast and a very large collection of materials from the state.

BIOLOGICAL/BIOCULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY:  There are two biological anthropologists in the department (de la Cova and DeWitte).  De la Cova’s work examines the impact race, culture, social inequality, and environment has on the skeletal health of African Americans and Euro-Americans though paleopathological and historical analyses. DeWitte’s research focuses on reconstructing population-level health and demographic patterns (paleoepidemiology and paleodemography) in various contexts, including historic plague epidemics (e.g. the Black Death).

 CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY: Five cultural anthropologists (Lewis, economic/cultural; Moskowitz, cultural; Reynolds, cultural/linguistic; D. Simmons, cultural; K. Simmons, cultural) and a political economist (Barker) teach in the department. Research areas in cultural anthropology include activist anthropology, globalization and development, identity construction, social justice, economic development, indigenous rights, sovereignty, anthropology of childhood, gender, class, racialization, social and political movements, migration, and popular cultures.  Members of the faculty in other sub-fields study the use of plants, food processing and health and nutrition among present-day groups (Casey and Wagner).

LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY: Two linguistic anthropologists teach in the department. Reynolds conducts research on language ideology, language socialization, and social reproduction and among indigenous Mayas in Guatemala and Latin American immigrants in the United States. Feliciano-Santos conducts research on the politics of language use, social activism, language and cultural revitalization, and racial and ethnic formations among Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and the diaspora. Linguistic Anthropology is also one of the subfield areas of concentration within the Linguistics Program.  For more information about the graduate program in Linguistics click on the following link.