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Washington State University Graduate School

Andrefsky_BDr. Andrefsky is an archeologist and Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at WSU. He is interested in the ways humans use technology to adapt to environmental and social changes, and is an expert on the analysis of aboriginal stone technology. He has written or edited six books on this topic. His scholarship in this area earned him the Society for American Archaeology’s Excellence in Archaeological Analysis Award in 2008.

Dr. Andrefsky earned his Ph.D. degree from Binghamton University in 1984, and before coming to WSU in 1990, he held academic positions at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He has mentored 32 graduate students who have completed their degrees at Washington State University, and is currently major advisor for five active graduate students.

Dr. Andrefsky has held both academic and administrative positions for the majority of his time at WSU. He was hired as Director of the Center for Northwest Anthropology from 1990 – 2000, and from 1999 – 2000 was also Interim Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. In the fall of 2000 he was appointed Chair of the Department of Anthropology and held that role for 10 years, stepping down in August 2010. Concurrently, from 2000 to 2006, he was also Director of the Museum of Anthropology.

During this time, Dr. Andrefsky was also President Elect for two years and President for two years of the Register of the Professional Archaeologists’ the national certification organization for archaeologists in the United States. He has also conducted external program reviews for large public universities including University of Montana, Michigan State University and University of Nevada.

Contact:, 509-335-6412

Recent Books

2014, University of Montana Press2008, Cambridge University Press
2004, Cambridge University Press2001, University of Utah Press
Forthcoming in 2015, Cambridge University Press
Lithic Technological Systems: Stone, Human Behavior, Evolution
Edited by Nathan Goodale and William Andrefsky, Jr