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Current Faculty

Andrew Balkansky

Professor and Interim Dean of Liberal Arts


Office Phone: (618) 453-5083
Email: abalkan@siu.edu
Building Location: Faner Hall 3544

Dr. Balkansky has done archaeological fieldwork in Mexico since 1991. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin (1997), and was a scientific assistant and post-doctoral researcher at the American Museum of Natural History (1996-1998). His principal research has been settlement pattern ...read full profile >>

Tamira Brennan

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Tamira Brennan

Email: tbrennan@siu.edu

Phone (office): 618-453-5031

Phone (curation): 618-453-2036

Office location: Faner 3461A

I have been doing archaeology since 1999, primarily in research-based Cultural Resource Management settings ranging from fieldwork to administration. This work includes a seven-year long stretch as a field supervisor, lead researcher, and ceramic analyst on the Illinois State Archaeological ...read full profile >>

Ryan Campbell

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Ryan Campbell

Email: rcampb@siu.edu
Phone: 618-453-5031
Office location: Faner 3463

I am a biological anthropologist and archaeologist with a specialization in the bioarchaeology of pre- and protohistoric North American populations. I have research interests in human skeletal variation, geophysics, and cultural resource management.  I have a dual role at SIU serving as a ...read full profile >>

Vytis Ciubrinskas

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Head of the Center of Social Anthropology

Professor, Department of Sociology

Vytautas Magnus University
Donelaicio street 52
LT 44244 Kaunas, Lithuania

Dr. Čiubrinskas is a Social Anthropologist. He earned his Ph.D. at the Vilnius University in Ethnology and History (1993), and is currently a Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas and an Associate Professor of Social and Cultural ...read full profile >>

Gretchen Dabbs



Office Phone: (618) 453-3298
Email: gdabbs@siu.edu
Building Location: Faner Hall 3539

My research interests are two fold.  In the field of forensic anthropology, I am interested in the use of accumulated degree days in estimating the postmortem interval, establishing known decompositional rates for specific geographic and climatic regions, and developing and testing methods ...read full profile >>

John McCall

Associate Professor

John McCall

Phone: 618.453.5010
email: jmccall@siu.edu
Office Location: Faner Hall, Room 3543

My research is focused on African arts, music, and dance. I am particularly interested in the performance arts as mechanisms of collective memory, historiography, and the production of meaning in community life. Since 2000, I have devoted my attention to Africa's enthusiastic and innovative ...read full profile >>

Ulrich H. Reichard

Associate Professor


Office Phone: (618) 453-5052
Email: ureich@siu.edu
Building Location: Faner Hall 4430

 My empirical work focuses on the primate community of Khao Yai National Park, Thailand, where my students and I study white-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar), pileated gibbons (Hylobates pileatus), and northern pig-tailed macaques (Macaca leonina). We continuously monitor ...read full profile >>

Kayeleigh Sharp

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Kayeleigh Sharp

Email: sharpka@siu.edu

Phone: 618-453-2258

Office location: Center for Teaching Excellence
Morris Library Room 180

I am an anthropological archaeologist with long-standing interest in Latin American cultures in general. My current research focuses on the extensive and most productive zone of northern coastal Peru (i.e., Lambayeque), one of the two nuclei in the Andes that saw a succession of complex societies ...read full profile >>

Izumi Shimada

Distinguished Professor


Office Phone: (618) 453-5043
Email: ishimada@siu.edu
Building Location: Faner Hall 3536

I have a number of ongoing fieldwork and writing projects. In December, 2005, I completed the first phase (field and laboratory seasons of 2003, 2004 and 2005) of the long-term, international Pachacamac Archaeological Project, which has explored the "social foundations and environmental ...read full profile >>

David Sutton


David Sutton

Phone: 618.453.5017
email: dsutton@siu.edu
Office Location: 
Faner Hall, Room 3537

Since the early 1990s I have been doing research in Greece, with a focus on the island of Kalymnos in the Eastern Aegean. I have been interested in questions of memory, historical consciousness and the relevance of the past in daily life, ranging from naming practices to the ritual throwing of ...read full profile >>

Mark Wagner

Associate Professor and Director, Center for Archaeological Investigations

Mark Wagner

Phone: 618.453.5031
email:  mjwagner@siu.edu
Office Location:  Faner Hall, Room 3475

My interests include the prehistory and early history of both Native Americans and Europeans in Illinois and the lower Ohio River Valley. I am particularly interested in culture contact issues between Native Americans and Euro-Americans and the variable outcomes contact had for members of both ...read full profile >>

Paul D. Welch

Associate Professor, Department Chair


Office Phone: (618) 453-4470
Email: pwelch@siu.edu
Building Location: Faner Hall 3521

I study the interaction of economics with social and political organization in small-scale societies.  My research focuses on Native American (Indian) societies of the southeastern US before the arrival of Europeans.  I have directed excavations in several states of the ...read full profile >>