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Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology

Faculty working with Students: 22
Students: 50
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 64%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 80 TOEFL (International Students) Minimum score
  • Official GRE Scores

Degree Description:

Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Anthropology are offered in archaeology, cultural anthropology and evolutionary anthropology. Our program emphasizes a four-field approach through a series of core classes that all our graduates take in order to establish a solid foundation in Anthropology. Each program area offers specialized courses in methodological, theoretical and regional areas. Please see our departmental website for more information such as application requirements and deadlines, course requirements, and faculty research interests. https://anthro.wsu.edu/graduate-studies/

Admission Requirements:

The Department requires the following items:
* A current curriculum vitae
* A statement of intent/letter of professional goals. This letter should clearly state which Anthropology Graduate Program you are interested in.
* Official GRE scores taken within the last five years. Please take your exams in time for the Department of Anthropology to receive your official scores by the deadline, January 10th. (It usually takes at least 1 month for us to receive your scores) WSU’s institution code is 4705.
* Official transcripts of all post-secondary education must be sent directly from the institution(s) you attended to the Graduate School . (Do not send duplicate copies of transcripts.)
* Three letters of recommendation. As part of the on-line CollegeNet application you will be asked to supply contact information of three references. CollegeNet will contact your references and electronically collect letters of recommendation.Tip -**After a week check with your references to make sure that they have been contacted**
* For students with an M.A. or M.S., you must submit a copy of your thesis or master’s research paper directly to the department.
* For students with a B.A. or B.S., you may electronically submit one or two undergraduate papers to document your research and writing abilities. Please email these to kamille.spelman@wsu.edu.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Creative and critical reasoning.
  2.  Information and data gathering.
  3.  Communication skills.
  4.  Analytical reasoning.
  5.  Specialization of study.

Faculty Members:

Ackerman, Robert E, Ph.D.

Research Interests

the earliest evidence for the movement of hunter-gatherers into coastal and interior regions of northeast Asia and Alaska, late Pleistocene and early Holocene cultural adaptation, and further definition of the cultural phases of Arctic and Subarctic prehistory

Bodley, John H, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Indigenous peoples, cultural ecology, and contemporary issues

Cassaniti, Julia L, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Psychological anthropology, medical anthropology, cognition and culture, Theravāda Buddhism, mental health, religion and ritual, gender/sexuality, time, technology, affect, agency, contemporary social issues in Thailand, Southeast Asia.

Duff, Andrew, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Archaeology, especially that of the American Southwest and southern Ethiopia; community formation and transitions in the millennium prior to European contact; social theory as it relates to questions of social and ethnic identity, ritual, migration and abandonment; ceramics and quantitative analyses.

Grier, Colin, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Northwest Coast of North America; Korean Peninsula and Pacific Rim; complex hunter-gatherers; social inequality; agency theory and political economy; quantitative and spatial analysis; zooarchaeology; aDNA and stable isotopes.

Hagen, Edward H, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

My research takes an evolutionary approach to non-infectious diseases, with a focus on mental health.

Hewlett, Barry Stephen, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Evolutionary approaches to culture and biocultural approaches to the Anthropology of childhood such as father-child relations, cosleeping, alllomaternal care, allonursing and variability in the attachment processes and the development of internal working models; and Anthropology of infectious and parasitic diseases, such as local cultural models of disease, incorporating anthropological approaches to disease control efforts and emerging diseases.

Hewlett, Bonnie, Ph.D.

Research Interests

I have several topical areas of interest: the anthropology of adolescence, the anthropology of infectious and parasitic diseases, life histories of Central African women, Ethiopian orphans and relinquishment and abandonment of children by birth mothers and fathers.

Jr, William Andrefsky, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Prehistoric hunter-gatherer organization, lithic technology, rise of sedentism.
I am interested in the manner in which hunter-gatherers organize themselves across the landscape and how their organizational strategies are mirrored in their lithic technology.

Kohler, Tim A, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Quantitative methods in anthropology, agent based models, evolutionary ecology. Archaeology of Southwestern and Southeastern North America.

Lipe, William D, Ph.D.

Research Interests

North American Southwest, archaeological method and theory, and cultural resource management

Mageo, Jeannette-Marie, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Psychological anthropology, self, dreams, cultural memory, historical ethnography, child development and attachment, gender and sexuality, art/artifacts and photography, Oceania and the US.

Mansperger, Mark C, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Cultural Ecology, Political Economy, Cultural Change, Contemporary American Social Problems, Human Evolution, and Primate Behavior

McKee, Nancy P, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Language use, inequality and poverty, gender, pedagogy, Mexico/U.S. border region.

Meehan, Courtney Lynne, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Life history theory, child development, and reproductive strategies among hunter-gatherers, horticulturalists and agropastoralists.

Premo, Luke S, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Agent-based modeling, cultural evolution and diversity, cultural transmission, evolution of altruism, gene-culture coevolution, human evolution, life history, multilevel selection, paleodemography, social networks, spatially explicit models

Quinlan, Marsha Bogar, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Marsha Quinlan is a medical anthropologist with primary concentrations in family health, ethnomedicine and ethnobotany. Her research (and much of her teaching) concerns the ways culture affects health and medical care.

Quinlan, Robert Joseph, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

My main interests are in human behavioral and social ecology, ethnobiology, medical & psychological anthropology, collaborative ethnographic science, cross-cultural comparison, Africa, field and analytical methods.

Thornton, Erin Edith, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Environmental archaeology with a regional focus on New World societies, and methodological expertise in zooarchaeology, human osteology and stable isotope analysis.
Socio-economic questions related to subsistence, animal management, political economy and exchange, and environmental questions regarding human impacts on and responses to deforestation, climate, and changing wildlife populations.
Maya cultural region

Tushingham, Shannon, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Pacific Rim hunter-gatherer-fishers, historical ecology, storage, ancestral diet and modern health, nutrition and sustainability, indigenous resource management, evolutionary ecology, residue studies, psychoactive plant use, contact and colonialism, complexity and anarchism, collaborative research and contemporary indigenous communities, heritage management. Current research is based in the American west, with projects in the Pacific Northwest, Plateau, northern Great Basin, and California.

Weber, Steven Alec, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

How and why people adopt new subsistence strategies, and how change in subsistence systems relates to change in material culture and settlement systems

Wilkinson-Weber, Clare, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Human imagination at work in the production of material culture; critical perspective upon craft; and the day to day work of people making objects and media.

Contact Information:

Kam Spelman
509-335-3768