Texas Tech University

Anthropology Faculty

Dr. Tosha Dupras

Dean Dupras is not currently accepting graduate students.

Professor, Biological Anthropology
Ph.D., McMaster University, 1999

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Areas of Specialization: Human osteology and skeletal analysis, stable isotope and dietary analysis, fetal growth and development, juvenile growth and development, paleopathology, bioarchaeology, forensic archaeology, Egypt, Sudan, France, Lithuania, Southeast Asia (Flores)

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Dr. Tosha Dupras

Dr. Arthur Durband

Associate Professor, Biological Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2004

Chair of SASW

Areas of Specialization: Paleoanthropology of Indonesia, Europe, and Australia, the origins of modern humans, the biology of early Australians, and virtual anthropology

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Dr. Arthur Durband

Dr. Lauren Miller Griffith

Associate Professor, Ethnology
Ph.D., Indiana University, 2010

Areas of Specialization: Tourism, pilgrimage, performance, martial arts, capoeira, sustainability, African diaspora, Latin America, Brazil, Belize, and the anthropology of higher education

Bio Page

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Dr. Brett A. Houk

Professor, Archaeology
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 1996

President's Excellence in Research Professor for 2020–2025
National Geographic Explorer

Anthropology Graduate Program Director

Areas of Specialization: Ancient urban planning, the Classic Maya collapse, Mesoamerica, Maya archaeology, cultural resource management, Texas prehistory

Bio Page

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Brett A. Houk

Dr. Mari Isa

Assistant Professor, Biological Anthropology
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2020

Areas of Specialization: Human osteology, forensic anthropology, skeletal trauma analysis, bone biomechanics, personal identification

Curriculum Vitae

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 Dr. Mari Isa

Dr. Michael P. Jordan

Associate Professor, Ethnology
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2011

Areas of Specialization: Museum anthropology, material culture, intangible cultural heritage, ethnohistory and expressive culture of the Plains Indians, western Folklore

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Michael P. Jordan


Dr. Esther Lee

Instructor, Biological Anthropology
PhD, Binghamton University, 2009

Areas of Specialization: Molecular anthropology, ancient DNA, population genetics

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Lee

Dr. Anna Novotny

Associate Professor, Biological Anthropology/Bioarchaeology
PhD, Arizona State University, 2015

Anthropology Undergraduate Program Director

Areas of Specialization: Human osteology, bioarchaeology, biogeochemistry, biodistance, mortuary analysis, ritual and worldview, Mesoamerica, ancient Maya, Ohio Hopewell.

Note that Dr. Novotny does not specialize in Forensic Anthropology and is not accepting graduate applications for students wishing to specialize in Forensic Anthropology.

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Novotny

Lap Siu

Instructor, Ethnology
MA, Texas Tech, 2009

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

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Tamra L. Walter

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

Areas of Specialization: Historic archaeology, mission studies, colonialism and conflict, negotiating identities in colonial settings, coastal Ecuador, prehistoric populations and interaction with local ecosystems

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Tamra Walter

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Lauren Whitman

Instructor, Archaeology
MA, Texas Tech, 2009

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

Curriculum Vitae

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Lauren Whitman


Dr. Jeff Williams

Professor, Ethnology
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 1987

Past Chair, SASW Department

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 Asia

Curriculum Vitae

Bio Page

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Dr. Jeffrey P. Williams



Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Linda Gosner

Assistant Professor, CMLL
Affiliated Faculty, Archaeology
Ph.D., Brown University, 2016

Areas of Specialization: Mediterranean archaeology, rural and industrial landscapes, colonialism and imperialism, technology and economy, mobility and connectivity, Iron Age and Roman Iberian Peninsula and western Mediterranean islands

CMLL Bio Page

Dr. Linda Gosner

Dr. Victoria Sutton

Distinguished Horn Professor, TTU Law School
Associate Dean for Digital Learning and Graduate Education
Director, Center for Biodefense, Law, and Public Policy
Director, Science, Engineering and Technology Law Concentration Program
Director, Dual Degree Programs in Science, Engineering and Technology
Founding Editor, Journal for Biosecurity, Biosafety and Biodefense Law

Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas
J.D., American University, Washington School of Law
M.P.A., Old Dominion University

Areas of Specialization: Her teaching and writing focuses in the areas of law, science and technology, environment, and American Indian Law. The focus on legal pluralism explores traditional management of environmental systems and traditional environmental knowledge by Tribal Nations. Some of her work has focused on indigenous people and their traditional management of coral reef systems, in Fiji Islands in the South Pacific.

Dr. Victoria Sutton

Dr. Christopher Witmore

Professor, CMLL
Affiliated Faculty, Archaeology
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2005

Areas of Specialization: Things, land, and human ecology in the Mediterranean, the Roman built environment in Northern Britain, and archaeological memories of a POW camp in Norway

CMLL Bio Page

Christopher Witmore