Janis Nuckolls is an anthropological linguist with field experience primarily in Amazonian Ecuador, province of Pastaza. Her research interests center upon the cultural poetics of Quichua verbal practice and the role of ideophones and grammatical
categories such as evidentiality in the expression of attitudinal alignments with nonhuman nature.
Hyer has travelled extensively in China, Tibet, and twice traversed the Karakorum Highway between western China and Pakistan. Hyer's research focuses on China's foregin relations - especially relations with its neighbors.
Associate Professor of Archaeology, Anthropology Department Chair
Dr. Allison's primary research interests are in the small-scale societies of the northern Southwest, quantitative methods, ceramic analysis, and archaeological theory.
Dr. Clark is a Mesoamerican archaeologist who works primarily in Chiapas.
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Dr. Crandall's research focuses on the Himba of Namibia, where he also directs a field school.
Associate Professor, Archaeology & Museum Studies
Dr. Finlayson has over 30 years of experience in the Near East and directs major international projects in classical archaeology and museum studies in Jordan and Syria. She currently directs the Ad-Deir Monument and Plateau Project in Petra, Jordan.
Dr. Forsyth is interested in the analysis of ceramic artifacts from the Mesoamerican region, particularly the Maya area. He is also interested in the origin of complex society in that region.
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Dr. Hickman's current research interests include understanding how the processes of migration, displacement, and diaspora affect a host of cultural and psychological phenomena. He conducts transnational ethnographic fieldwork with Hmong communities in both Southeast Asia and the West, investigating religion, ritual practice, family life, moral thinking, and personhood.
The main focus of Dr. Johnson's research is on the cultures associated with the Red Sea area and their involvement in long distance trade from the earliest period through the Islamic Period.
Dr. Nuckolls is interested in anthropological studies of causal thinking and explanation in India, nationalism in Japan, and psychiatric classification and diagnosis in the U.S. and New Zealand.
Assistant Professor, Archaeology
Dr. Searcy is currently researching prehistoric processes associated with the Viejo (AD 700-1200) and Medio Periods (AD 1200-1450) of the Casas Grandes tradition, which flourished in the northwestern portion of modern-day Chihuahua, Mexico.
Dr. Thompson works at the intersection of anthropology, language, education, and communication with a broad focus on the mediating role of cultural contexts in human interaction.
Dr. Hawkins studies Guatemalan life and beliefs. He is interested religion in Latin America, kinship and ethnicity, culture in military life, the American military, and the American military in Germany.
Dr. Matheny's research has focused on the Maya area, particularly the lowlands, the American Southwest, and the Great Basin.
Dr. Sorenson served as the department chair in years past and continues to research and publish material regarding Book of Mormon archaeology topics through the Maxwell Institue (FARMS).
Director of the Office of Public Archaeology
Director of the Museum of Peoples and Cultures
Tami manages all of the administrative issues in the Department of Anthropology, such as curriculum listings, research accounts, hiring students, payroll, etc.