Faculty & Staff

Full-time Faculty

Department Chair:
Dr. Sallie Han
(Associate Professor, Cultural Anthropology)
143 Physical Science
Phone: (607) 436-2715
E-Mail: Sallie.Han@oneonta.edu

Dr. Sallie Han

Dr. Sallie Han, Associate Professor, joined our department in Fall 2006. She received her BA in English from Williams College  (1992), and her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan (2006). Dr. Han serves currently as the Chair of the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR) and Co-Editor of Open Anthropology [http://www.aaaopenanthro.org/], the digital journal of the American Anthropological Association.

Her major research and teaching interests include gender, reproduction, and kinship and relatedness. She is the author of Pregnancy in Practice: Expectation and Experience in the Contemporary United States (Berghahn Books, 2013). Other areas of interest include studies of material culture and consumption; science and technology studies; anthropology of media; and anthropology of friendship. Her current research incorporates the concerns of linguistic anthropology and medical anthropology and examines the involvement of pediatrics in efforts to promote literacy among children and parents in the U.S.

At Oneonta, Dr. Han teaches courses in cultural anthropology (including ANTH 355 Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology), medical anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.

Dr. Han is a former staff writer for The Daily News in New York. Follow Dr. Han on Twitter @SallieHanAnthro and on academia.edu at oneonta.academia.edu/SallieHan

Courses taught:

ANTH 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 211 Religion, Magic, and Myth
ANTH 220 Linguistic Anthropology
ANTH 236 Medical Anthropology
ANTH 238 Anthropology of Reproduction
ANTH 312 Exhibiting Cultures in Museums
ANTH 355 Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 393 History of Anthropological Thought

Dr. Tracy Betsinger
(Associate Professor, Biological Anthropology)
138 Physical Science
Phone: (607) 436-3394
E-Mail: Tracy.Betsinger@oneonta.edu

Dr. Tracy Betsinger

Dr. Tracy Betsinger is an Associate Professor in our department. She completed her B.A. in Anthropology and Indian Studies from the University of North Dakota, her B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, her M.A. in Anthropology from University of Tennessee, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Ohio State University. Prior to joining our department, Dr. Betsinger held a post-doctoral research position with the Global History of Health Project, the Ohio State University. She joined our department in the Fall 2008 semester.

Dr. Betsinger’s research interests include bioarchaeology, paleopathology, skeletal biology, and the effects of gender, social status, and settlement patterns on health and well-being of populations. In particular, she is interested in disease, stress and deprivation, diet, and warfare and trauma. Dr. Betsinger conducts research on medieval and post-medieval populations from Poland and on prehistoric, precontact (culturally unaffiliated) populations from eastern Tennessee.

Currently, Dr. Betsinger is involved in research examining patterns of treponemal disease, oral health, and overall health in prehistoric Tennessee populations (with Dr. Maria O. Smith, Illinois State University). Additionally, she is conducting research (with Amy B. Scott, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg) on health patterns and mortuary practices in a 17th-century Polish population. In particular, she has examined deviant burials, deemed “vampire” burials, from this population in order to understand the cultural context of such unusual burial practices.

Courses taught:

ANTH 130 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 219 Anthropology of Death
ANTH 232 Human Biology and Culture Change
ANTH 259 Anthropology and Dying
ANTH 331 Human Skeletal Anatomy
ANTH 336 Forensic Anthropology
ANTH 337 Advanced Skeletal Anatomy
ANTH 338 Bioarchaeology
ANTH 390 Issues in Anthropology

Dr. Brian Haley
Professor, Cultural Anthropology)
144 Physical Science
Phone: (607) 436-2001 

Dr. Brian Haley

Dr. Brian Haley is a cultural anthropologist who completed his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He joined our department in the Fall 2000 semester and is currently a Full Professor. Before joining our department, Dr. Haley was Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, and Post-doctoral Research Anthropologist at the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States.

Dr. Haley's teaching and research addresses how ethnic, racial, and national identities form and change; the social and cultural consequences of capitalist agriculture, Mexican immigration, globalization, and tourism; and the application of anthropology to practical issues such as immigration, heritage management, and ethnic relations. He has conducted ethnographic research in rural communities in California recently made multiethnic by Mexican farm worker immigration, ethnohistorical research on the original Spanish colonists of California and their descendants, and ethnohistorical and archaeological research on Navajo and Chumash Native American communities in Arizona and California. Recently, he has also been documenting the varied ways in which anthropology, over the course of its history, has mirrored, sustained, and also undermined the popular distinction between so-called civilized and primitive societies.

Dr. Haley’s newest book, Reimagining the Immigrant: The Accommodation of Mexican Immigrants in Rural America (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009) examines the coexisting practices of established residents’ discrimination against and accommodation of Mexican immigrants in a small farm town in California, and the ways in which immigrants and established residents reimagine immigrant ethnic identity in a more positive light. He also co-edited and authored a chapter in Imagining Globalization: Language, Identities, and Boundaries (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009), which gives voice to the peoples and groups impacted by globalization as they seek to negotiate their identities, language use, and territorial boundaries within a larger global context. Dr. Haley’s other major publications address Chumash Traditionalism and neo-Chumash ethnogenesis (the emergence of a new ethnic group), and have sparked considerable debate and discussion on the nature of ethnicity and tradition, and ethics in applied anthropology. (See, e.g., “Anthropology and the making of Chumash tradition,” Current Anthropology 38:761-794, 1997, and “How Spaniards became Chumash, and other tales of ethnogenesis,” American Anthropologist 107:432-445, 2005, both with Larry R. Wilcoxon).

Courses taught:

ANTH 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 201 North American Indians
ANTH 209 Mexican Immigration
ANTH 227 Cultural Identities
ANTH 229 Critique of Civilization
ANTH 250 Anthropology of the Southwest
ANTH 313 Ethnohistory
ANTH 325 Applied Anthropology
ANTH 393 History of Anthropological Thought

Dr. Renee B. Walker
(Professor, Archaeology)
121 Fitzelle 
Phone: (607) 436-3599
E-Mail: Renee.Walker@oneonta.edu

Dr. Renne B. Walker

Dr. Renee Walker received her BA in anthropology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and her MA and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She joined our department in the Fall 2002 semester. Before coming to SUNY Oneonta, Dr. Walker was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Skidmore College.

Dr. Walker's primary research and teaching interests are zooarchaeology, Eastern North American archaeology, PaleoIndian and Archaic period subsistence patterns, prehistoric North American dog domestication, and the archaeology of hunter-gatherers. She has fieldwork experience in North America and Europe and has conducted much of her research at the site of Dust Cave, Alabama.

Dr. Walker received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009 and the Richard J. Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize in Academic Excellence in 2006. Recent publications include: Prehistoric World Cultures, preliminary edition (Cognella Press, 2013), “Paleoindian and Archaic activities at Dust Cave, Alabama: The secular and the sacred “(North American Archaeologist 2011), “Late Archaic site use at Sachsen Cave Shelter, Upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee” (with Jay Franklin and Maureen Hays, North American Archaeologist2011), “What’s for Dinner?: Investigating archaeological correlates for food processing at Dust Cave, Alabama” (with Lara K. Homsey and Kandace D. Hollenbach, Southeastern Archaeology 2010), “Documenting subsistence change during the Pleistocene/Holocene transition: Investigations of paleoethnobotanical and zooarchaeological data from Dust Cave, Alabama” (with Kandace D. Hollenbach, in Integrating Zooarchaeology and Paleoethnobotany: A Consideration of Issues, Methods, and Cases, 2010), “The Nelson site: A Late Middle Woodland habitation locale on the Nolichucky River, Washington County, Tennessee” (with Jay D. Franklin and Michelle L. Hammett, Tennessee Archaeology 2008), Foragers of the Terminal Pleistocene in North America (co-editor, University of Nebraska Press, 2007), Bones as Tools: Archaeological Studies of Bone Tool Manufacture, Use and Classification (co-editor, BAR International Series 1622, 2007), and “Early and Mid-Holocene dogs in Southeastern North America: Examples from Dust Cave” (with Darcy F. Morey and John H. Relethford, Southeastern Archaeology2005).

Courses taught:

ANTH 145 Prehistoric World Cultures
ANTH 245 Native American Archaeology
ANTH 251 The Aztecs and Their Ancestors
ANTH 341 Zooarchaeology
ANTH 343 Archaeological Field and Laboratory Methods
ANTH 345 Field School in Archaeology (summer session)
ANTH 390 Issues in Anthropology

Dr. John H. Relethford (SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Biological Anthropology)
137 Physical Science
Phone: (607) 436-2017
E-Mail: John.Relethford@oneonta.edu

Dr. John H. Relethford

Dr. John H. Relethford (Distinguished Teaching Professor) is a biological anthropologist who received his Ph.D. in anthropology in 1980 from the State University of New York at Albany. Prior to his current position at SUNY Oneonta, he held the position of Post-Doctoral Research Scientist with the Department of Genetics at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio, Texas. He also served as Manager of Injury and Disability Surveillance in the Division of Epidemiology at the New York State Department of Health. In addition, he has served as an adjunct faculty in the Departments of Anthropology and Epidemiology at SUNY at Albany and in the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Dr. Relethford is a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (1994-95), and was the inaugural winner of the SUNY-Oneonta Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence in 1995. He was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor, the highest rank in the State University system, in 1998. He was elected a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2001 for his "“contributions to understanding the origins of the human species, in terms of our contemporary variation, and for distinguished contributions to undergraduate education in biological anthropology.” He has been awarded the 2017 Gabriel Lasker Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Physical Anthropology (AAPA), which is given “to recognize and honor individuals who have demonstrated a history of excellence in service to the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, its members, and/or the field of physical anthropology.” (AAPA web page)

In addition to teaching introductory biological anthropology, Dr. Relethford also teaches courses on human evolution, human variation, and anthropological genetics. Dr. Relethford's major interest is in human evolutionary biology, particularly modern human origins, global patterns of human variation, and anthropological genetics. Much of his research has focused on the reconstruction of history from patterns of modern biological variation. His past work has also included studies of migration, quantitative genetics, child growth, and epidemiology. His current work focuses on global patterns of craniometric variation in relationship to the origin and dispersal of modern humans, and the comparison of Neandertal and modern human crania.

Dr. Relethford has over 190 publications, including 7 books (some in multiple editions), 85 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 28 book/encyclopedia chapters. His introductory text, The Human Species: An Introduction to Biological Anthropology (McGraw-Hill, 2013), is in its ninth edition. He has also written Genetics and the Search for Modern Human Origins (John Wiley & Sons, 2001), and Reflections of Our Past: How Human History is Revealed in Our Geneswhich was published in April 2003 (Westview Press), and awarded the 2004 W.W. Howells Book Prize of the Biological Anthropology Section of the American Anthropological Association. He has also written a textbook entitled Human Population Genetics (2012), published by Wiley-Blackwell. He is also a coauthor of the textbook Human Biological Variation, now in its second edition (Oxford University Press, 2011). His most recent book, 50 Great Myths in Human Evolution: Understanding Misconceptions about Our Origins, was published by Wiley-Blackwell in January 2017. The second edition of Reflections of Our Past (with Deborah Bolnick as coauthor) will be published in March 2018.

Other significant publications include "Detection of differential gene flow from patterns of quantitative variation (Human Biology, 1990, with J. Blangero)," “Boas and beyond: Migration and craniometric variation” (American Journal of Human Biology, 2004), “Global patterns of isolation by distance based on genetic and morphological data” (Human Biology 76:449–513, 2004), "Race and global patterns of phenotypic variation" (American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2009), "Population-specific deviations of global human craniometric variation from a neutral model." (American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2010), and “Cranial measures and ancient DNA both show greater similarity of Neandertals to recent modern Eurasians than to recent modern sub‑Saharan Africans” (American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2018 with Fred Smith).

Dr. Relethford has served as President and Vice President of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the organization. He also served as Chair of Section H (Anthropology) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Relethford also served as Vice President and President of the American Association of Anthropological Genetics. Dr. Relethford has served on the Editorial Boards of American AnthropologistCurrent AnthropologyHumanBiology, the online journal PaleoAnthropology, the online journal PLoS One, and the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology. He has also served as an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, the Journal of Human Evolution, and Human Heredity.

Courses taught:

ANTH 130 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 233 Race, Genetics, and Variation
ANTH 239 History of Human Evolution
ANTH 330 Paleoanthropology
ANTH 332 Human Population Genetics
ANTH 393 History of Anthropological Thought

Dr. Alanna Rudzik
(Assistant Professor, Biological Anthropology)
136 Physical Science
Phone: (607) 436-3336
E-Mail: Alanna.Rudzik@oneonta.edu

Dr. Alanna Rudzik

Dr. Alanna Rudzik, Assistant Professor, joined our department in Fall 2016. She received her Hon. BA in Anthropology and English and her MSc in Physical Anthropology from University of Toronto, and her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Before coming to SUNY Oneonta, Dr. Rudzik held an International Junior Research Fellowship in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University in the UK, where she maintains a research affiliation.

Dr. Rudzik’s recent publications include “Baby-lag: Methods for assessing parental tiredness and fatigue” with Helen L Ball, which appeared in Biological Measures of Human Experience across the Lifespan: Making Visible the Invisible. (Springer Press, 2016); “Exploring maternal perceptions of infant sleep and feeding method among mothers in the United Kingdom: A qualitative focus group study” with Helen L Ball (Maternal and Child Health Journal. 20 (1): 33-40, 2016); and “The embodied experience of breastfeeding and the product/process dichotomy in São Paulo, Brazil” which appeared in Ethnographies of Breastfeeding: Cultural Contexts and Confrontations. (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014).

Courses taught:

ANTH 130 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 232 Human Biology and Culture Change
ANTH 236 Medical Anthropology
ANTH 294 Special Topics: Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
ANTH 294 Special Topics: Evolutionary Medicine

 

Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Craig Bielert

Dr. Craig Bielert
(Professor of Psychology)
Fitzelle Hall
Phone: (607) 436-3219
E-Mail: Craig.Bielert@oneonta.edu

 

Cynthia J. Klink

Cynthia J. Klink
(Adjunct Lecturer, Archaeology)
140 Physical Science
Phone: (607) 436-3308
E-Mail: Cynthia.Klink@oneonta.edu

 

Cynthia Klink

Cynthia Klink is an archaeologist who is currently completing her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also received her MA in anthropology. She earned BA degrees in Anthropology and Geology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Cynthia also received interdisciplinary graduate training in archaeology, geology, and paleoenvironmental studies through the Institute for Quaternary Studies at the University of Maine, Orono. Her dissertation research examines the process of human colonization and “settling in” to new landscapes, through the analysis of changing land use patterns during the Preceramic Period (before 3500 BP) in the Lake Titicaca basin, Peru. A major focus is identifying and understanding the temporal development of “place-oriented” adaptations and cultural ties to the natural landscape. 

Her primary research and teaching interests including Andean prehistory, lithic (stone tool) technology, human-landscape relations, the archaeology of social identities (especially gender and ethnicity), hunter-gatherers, and North American archaeology. The bulk of her research has been conducted in Peru, but she also has fieldwork experience in multiple areas of the United States.

She is senior author of the highly regarded “A projectile point chronology for the South-Central Andean Highlands” (Cynthia Klink and Mark Aldenderfer, Advances in Titicaca Basin Archaeology – 1, Cotsen Institute, University of California, Los Angeles.). Her examination of Preceramic lithic technological organization at the site of Kasapata and the process of emerging sedentism in the Cusco Valley, Peru will be published this year, also by the Cotsen Institute. Cynthia has just accepted an invitation to become the associated investigator in charge of Peruvian and Bolivian data for the new international direction of the Paleoindian Database of the Americas (PIDBA).

Courses taught

ANTH 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 140 Introduction to Archaeology

ANTH 252 The Incas and Their Ancestors

ANTH 253 Women & Gender in Prehistory

ANTH 254 Archaeology and Environmental Change

ANTH 342 Understanding Stone Tools

ANTH 390 Issues in Anthropology

Nicole Weigel

Nicole Weigel
(Adjunct Lecturer)
141 Physical Science
Phone: (607) 436-2207
E-Mail: Nicole.Weigel@oneonta.edu