1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences


Ira Bashkow

Associate Professor
Globalization and development; corporate culture and finance; whiteness and race studies; Melanesian ethnography; social and cultural theory; the history of anthropology.

Brooks Hall, 209


Ellen Contini-Morava

Professor and Acting Chair (Fall 2015)

Meanings and discourse functions of grammatical forms; pragmatics; linguistic theory and method; African linguistics (especially Bantu); noun classification.

Brooks Hall, 204


Frederick H. Damon


Structuralism, Marxism, world system theory, chaos theory; ethnobotony, historical ecology, ethnoastronomy; social structure, kinship, exchange and hierarchy; Melanesia, East and South Asia, US culture in the contemporary world system.

Brooks Hall, 206


Eve Danziger

Professor; Affiliated Faculty: Linguistics Program; Cognitive Science Program

Linguistic relativity; spatial language and spatial cognition, cross-cultural philosophies of mind, conversational gesture.  Mayan linguistics; morpho-syntactic expression of verb argument structure, linguistic prehistory; social organization and social identity.  

Brooks Hall, 200


Lise Dobrin

Associate Professor & Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics

Structural linguistics, Melanesian language and culture, history of anthropology, language shift, language documentation and description.

Brooks Hall, 202


Carrie Douglass

Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies

Cultural anthropology; symbolic anthropology; Spain; the Mediterranean; European anthropology; ritual cycles; demography; reproduction; gender; marriage and the family; medical anthropology; transnational kinship; nationalism and ethnicity; art in small-scale cultures; animals (Good to Think).

Brooks Hall, B003


Gertrude Fraser

Associate Professor

Medical anthropology; reproduction, the body and sexuality; race, gender and science; African American ethnography; applied methodology, historical anthropology.

Brooks Hall, 310A 


Richard Handler

Professor & Director of Global Development Studies Program

Sociocultural anthropology; nationalism, ethnicity and multi-culturalism; museum studies; cultural criticism; symbolic anthropology; history of anthropology; anthropology and literature; culture theory; modern societies; contemporary North America.

Nau Hall, 197


Jeffrey L. Hantman

Associate Professor

Eastern Woodland and Southwestern archaeology; ethnohistory; colonialism; regional systems; archaeological method and theory; indigenous archaeology; archaeology and communities.

Brooks Hall, 205


James Igoe

Associate Professor

Globalization; biodiversity conservation; development; nature; value(s); spectacle; social movements; East Africa; North America.

Brooks Hall, 300


Ravindra Khare

Professor & Director of the Center on Critical Human Survival Issues

Post-War theories in socicultural anthropology; social inequalities and globalization; rationality, morality and anthropological relativism; colonial and postcolonial ethnographies: changing methods, contexts and writings; anthropological studies and anthropologists on (and in) India; contemporary India: caste, religion and cultural politics; Studying Hinduism: Old and New; India Dalits' ethnopoetics of protest and subaltern power; modernization and Islam; social inequalities in India and America; the post-War Indian Diaspora in America; the food ways and dietary cultures in India and America; and medico-legal issues surrounding modern birth and death technologies.

Brooks Hall, 305


Adria LaViolette

Associate Professor

Archaeology of Africa; African Iron Age; Swahili archaeology and history; urbanism and inequality; colonialism; household archaeology; political economy; specialization.

Brooks Hall, B010


Daniel Lefkowitz

Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Language and culture; language and identity; language and emotion; sociolinguistics; lntonation, prosody, and voice quality; discourse analysis; language and media; film studies; semiotics; semitic languages (Hebrew); peoples and cultures of the Middle East; Israel.

Brooks Hall, 203


Susan McKinnon


Cultural anthropology; gender, kinship; hierarchy, exchange; science studies; Indonesia, the United States.

Brooks Hall, 309


George Mentore

Associate Professor

Amerindian and Caribbean studies; the anthropology of knowledge, the anthropology of power, and the anthropology of emotion.

Brooks Hall, 307


Rachel Most

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs & Professor

Lithic analysis; quantitative methods; Southwestern archaeology; North American archaeology; prehistoric economic systems; foraging societies.

Monroe Hall, 266


Fraser D. Neiman


Colonial North America and the Caribbean, vernacular architecture, archaeological theory, quantitative techniques, GIS, digital research archives.

Archaeology Lab, Monticello

434-984 9812

Stephen Plog

David A. Harrison Professor of Archaeology

Social and ritual change, digital research archives, ceramic and stylistic analysis, demography, exchange.

Brooks Hall, 308


China Scherz

Assistant Professor

Cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, alcohol, addiction, development, bureaucracy, accountability, Christianity, ethics, Uganda, Africa, Ireland, United States

Brooks Hall 207


John Shepherd

Associate Professor

Historical anthropology, political economy, social organization, marriage and domestic groups, demographic anthropology, Chinese culture and society, Taiwanese aboriginal culture and society.

Brooks Hall, 303


Margaret Smith

Director & Curator, The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection

Cultural anthropology, Australian Aboriginal studies, indigenous art, museums

P.O. Box 400120

Edith Turner


Humanistic anthropology, experiential roots of ritual, healing, shamanism, spirits and power, rites of passage, festivals. Ndembu African ritual, Iñupiat healing, shrines and healing in Ireland.

Brooks Hall, 104A


Roy Wagner


Indigenous conceptual systems, especially involving kin relations; ritual, myth and worldview in Melanesia, Australia, and North America; pragmatics of cultural representation (imagery, writing, and speech) as a basis for symbolism; shamanism and curing techniques exclusive of psychological, political, or "ethnic" perspectives; studies involving the human element in technology and power concepts.

Brooks Hall, 302


Patricia Wattenmaker

Associate Professor

Southwest Asia, complex societies, political economy, regional analysis, zooarchaeology.

Brooks Hall, 304


Kath Weston


Political economy; political ecology and environmental issues; historical anthropology; science studies; kinship, gender, and sexuality.

Brooks Hall, 306