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Anthropology Faculty

Dr. Arthur Durband

Associate Professor, Physical Anthropology,
Anthropology Graduate Program Advisor
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2004

Areas of Specialization: Paleoanthropology, with research interests in modern human origins


Office: Holden Hall 273
Phone: 806-834-2979



Dr. Brett A. Houk

Associate Professor, Archaeology
Associate Chair, SASW Department
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 1996

Areas of Specialization: Texas prehistory, Mesoamerica, Maya archaeology, ancient urban planning, Cultural Resource Management (CRM)


Office: Holden Hall 277
Phone: 806-834-8107



Dr. Michael P. Jordan

Assistant Professor, Cultural Anthropology
Interim Anthropology Graduate Program Advisor
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2011

Areas of Specialization: Ethnohistory and Expressive Culture of the Plains Indians, Economic Aspects of the Southern Plains Powwow, Historical Consciousness in Indigenous Communities, Digital Heritage Initiatives


Office: Holden Hall 272
Phone: 806-834-8735



Dr. Esther Lee

Visiting Assistant Professor, Physical Anthropology
PhD, Binghamton University, 2009

Areas of Specialization: Molecular anthropology, Ancient DNA, Population genetics


Office: Holden Hall 268


Dr. Robert R. Paine

Professor of Anthropology, Forensic Anthropologist
Director of the Forensics Sciences Graduate and Minor Programs
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1994

Areas of Specialization: Human osteology, skeletal histology, forensic anthropology, paleopathology (Texas prehistory, Villanovan culture, Iron-Age to Roman Imperial periods of Italy, 20th century South Africa autopsies, Roman-Byzantine burials of Turkey), nonhuman primate functional anatomy & histology


Office: Holden Hall 274

Office Hours: By appointment.
Phone: 806-834-8375


Lap Siu

MA, Texas Tech, 2009

Areas of Specialization: Anthropological linguistics, Jarai grammar and dictionary, the Central Highlands of Vietnam.


Office: Holden Hall Room 26
Phone: 806-834-8774



Dr. Tamra L. Walter

Associate Professor, Archaeology
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 2000

Areas of Specialization: Historic archaeology, Spanish Colonial Texas, coastal Ecuador


Office: Holden Hall 270
Phone: 806-834-0615



Dr. Matthew C. Watson

Visiting Assistant Professor, Cultural Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Florida, 2010

Areas of Specialization: Anthropology of Science; History of Anthropology; Maya Studies; Religion and Cosmology; Cosmopolitics; Historical Knowledge; Postcolonial and Subaltern Studies; Public Science; Ethnographic Writing; Latin America


Office: Holden Hall 269
Phone: 806-834-8780


Lauren Whitman

MA, Texas Tech, 2009

Areas of Specialization: Historical Archaeology, Spanish Colonial Ceramics, Texas Archaeology


Office: Holden Hall Room 25
Phone: 806-834-3882




Dr. Jeff Williams

Professor of Anthropology, Linguistics
Past Chair, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 1987

Areas of Teaching: linguistics, anthropological linguistics, expressive
culture, anthropology of music

Areas of research: descriptive and documentary linguistics, contact
linguistics, dialectology, endangered languages, Papuan languages,
varieties of English in the West Indies, languages of mainland Southeast


Office: Holden Hall 278

Office Hours: By appointment.