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Department of Anthropology


Anthropology explores the world and examines the complexity, diversity and breadth of our species—through time and across our complex and changing world.

Anthropology faculty are heavily involved in a variety of research projects around the world as well as locally around New Haven and often incorporate students into these exciting projects. Three students were selected to join Dr. Rogers in an international fieldwork project in Gona, Ethiopia, joining colleagues from Africa and Europe. An ongoing archaeological project at the West Rock Nature Center on Wintergreen Avenue serves as a local training ground for some Southern archaeology students. This year, students have interned in a variety of settings and one student, Seth Columbia, wrote an Honor’s Theses on the Sirius Community in Shutesbury, MA based on original research.

This academic year also introduced the department to the possibility of cross-Atlantic collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University. Drs. Rogers and Skoczen met frequently with LJMU leadership and are developing programs that will enhance the curriculum and field school opportunities.

Through faculty research, teaching, and student internships, Anthropology maintains involvement with the local community. This past year, our faculty members have given lectures and slide shows on their work on campus and at local middle schools.

Anthropology Department

Recent Departmental and Faculty Successes

Dr. Valerie Andrushko co-authored a peer-reviewed journal article, “Informe de las posibles capacochas del asentamiento arqueológico de Choquepujio, Cusco, Peru” for Ñawpa Pacha: Journal of Andean Archaeology.

Dr. Joseph Manzella is working on a film, Being Lakota, Being White, for which he received a CSUS Research Grant.

Dr. Kenneth McGill was the recipient of the SCSU Mid-Level Faculty Research Grant and has submitted his manuscript, Global Inequality: Anthropological Perspectives, to the University of Toronto Press

Dr. Michael Rogers continues to be active in the Gona Project (Ethiopia), has made several presentations of his research, and has been awarded several grants including the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation General Grant. He recently published a co-authored article, “Late Miocene hominin teeth from the Gona Paleoanthropological Research Project area, Afar, Ethiopia,” in the Journal of Human Evolution.

Dr. Kathleen Skoczen, the chair of the Anthropology department, implemented the grant for the Spring Speaker’s series “What Does it Mean to be Human.” Dr. Skoczen continues her research and was awarded a CSUS Grant, “Understanding the Physiology and Benefits of Breastmilk: Puerto Rican Mothers in Hartford.”