Faculty & Staff

Full-time Faculty
Dr. Tracy Betsinger


Dr. Tracy Betsinger

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

Fall 2022 student meeting (office) hours: TBD and by appointment

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

Dr. Brian Haley

(Professor, Cultural Anthropology)
144 Physical Science
Phone: (607) 436-2001
E-Mail: Brian.Haley@oneonta.edu

On leave Fall 2022

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. Sallie Han

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

Fall 2022 student meeting (office) hours: TBD and by appointment.

Dr. Sallie Han, 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). She received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2018.

A specialist in the anthropology of reproduction, Dr. Han is the co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Reproduction (Routledge, 2021) and The Anthropology of the Fetus: Culture, Society, and Biology (Berghahn Books, 2018), and the author of Pregnancy in Practice: Expectation and Experience in the Contemporary United States (Berghahn Books, 2013). Other major areas of interest include gender, kinship, care, and material culture. Her current and recent work includes projects on pregnancy and climate change; the Academic Carework initiative, which examines the challenges of caregiving while pursuing careers in higher education; and the anthropology of clutter.

At Oneonta, Dr. Han teaches courses in cultural anthropology (including ANTH 211 Religion, Magic, and Myth, ANTH 355 Applying Cultural Research Methods), linguistic anthropology, medical anthropology, and anthropology of reproduction.

Dr. Han has served as a Co-Editor of Open Anthropology, the digital journal of the American Anthropological Association (2015-2020) and is a past Chair of the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR). 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

Kate McGrath

Dr. Kate McGrath

(Assistant Professor, Biological Anthropology)
Physical Science
Phone: (607) 436-2017
E-Mail: Kate.McGrath@oneonta.edu

Fall 2022 student meeting (office) hours: TBD and by appointment

Dr. Kate McGrath, Assistant Professor, joined our department in Fall 2021. She received her BSc in Anthropology from the College of Charleston (2010), and her MPhil (2015) and PhD (2018) from the Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology at The George Washington University. Before coming to SUNY Oneonta, Dr. McGrath was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellow in PACEA (De la Préhistoire à l’Actuel : Culture, Environnement et Anthropologie) at the University of Bordeaux, France (2018-2020), and a President’s Postdoctoral Scholar’s Program Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at The Ohio State University (2020-2021).

Dr. McGrath’s interests include human evolution, primate comparative anatomy and behavior, and methods in biological anthropology. Much of her research has focused on understanding how and why stress indicators manifest in the teeth and facial skeletons of nonhuman primates and fossil hominins. In her dissertation, she developed a method for studying dental defects that occur when events like malnutrition or disease disrupt normal childhood growth. She has since applied the method to great apes, Neanderthals, Plio-Pleistocene hominins, Neolithic and Upper Paleolithic humans, and contemporary people in collaboration with researchers from field sites in East and South Africa, Europe, and the US. Noteworthy publications include “Quantifying linear enamel hypoplasia in wild Virunga mountain gorillas and other great apes” (American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2018), “Faster growth corresponds with shallower linear hypoplastic defects in great ape canines” (Journal of Human Evolution, 2019), and “3D enamel profilometry reveals faster growth but similar stress severity in Neanderthal vs. Homo sapiens teeth” (Scientific Reports, 2021). She has authored or co-authored nine peer-reviewed publications, co-supervised two Master’s students, and informally mentored two dozen high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Dr. McGrath has received support from the National Science Foundation, Leakey Foundation, European Union, Smithsonian Institution, College of Charleston, The Ohio State University, and The George Washington University.

Courses taught:

ANTH 130 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

ANTH 330 Paleoanthropology

Dr. John H. Relethford

Dr. John H. Relethford

(SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Biological Anthropology)

E-Mail: John.Relethford@oneonta.edu

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 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 Neanderthal and modern human crania.

Dr. Relethford has over 190 publications, including 7 books (some in multiple editions), 86 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 29 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 Genes, which 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) was 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 Neanderthals 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 Anthropologist, Current Anthropology, Human Biology, 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.

Dr. Relethford retired at the end of 2020.

Dr. Alanna Rudzik

Dr. Alanna Rudzik

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

Fall 2022 student meeting (office) hours: TBD and by appointment

Dr. Alanna E.F. Rudzik, Associate Professor, joined our department in Fall 2016. She received her Honours B.A. in Anthropology and English and her M.Sc. 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 a SSHRC (Canada) Post-Doctoral Fellowship at University of Toronto and an International Junior Research Fellowship at Durham University in the UK. In 2021, she was awarded the Richard Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence at SUNY Oneonta.

Recent publications include “Biologically normal sleep in the mother-infant dyad.” with Prof. Helen Ball (American Journal of Human Biology. 33(5): 1-14); “Biocultural perspectives on infant sleep” with Prof. Ball, Dr. Cecília Tomori and Prof. James McKenna, which appeared in The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Reproduction (Routledge Press); and “Discrepancies in maternal reports of infant sleep vs. actigraphy by mode of feeding” with Prof. Ball and Dr. Lyn Robinson-Smith (Sleep Medicine. 49: 90-98).

Courses taught:

ANTH 130 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 232 Human Biology and Culture Change
ANTH 236 Medical Anthropology
ANTH 238 Anthropology of Reproduction
ANTH 271 Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
ANTH 272 Evolutionary Medicine
ANTH 390 Issues in Anthropology

Dr. Renne B. Walker

Dr. Renee B. Whitman

(Professor, Archaeology)
132 Physical Science
Phone: (607) 436-3599
E-Mail: Renee.Whitman@oneonta.edu

Fall 2022 student meeting (office) hours: TBD and by appointment

Dr. Renee Whitman 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. Whitman was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Skidmore College.

Dr. Whitman'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.

Recently, Dr. Whitman has been involved in the Eastern Archaic Faunal Working Group to compile zooarchaeological data into the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR). She works with six other colleagues to import data into tDAR and use it to compare human subsistence adaptations in the eastern United States. Several publications have resulted from this research and a book is in preparation.

Dr. Whitman is also the author of an introductory textbook, Prehistoric World Cultures, 3rd edition through Cognella Press.

Dr. Whitman received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009 and the Richard J. Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize in Academic Excellence in 2006. 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 Archaeology 2005).

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

Adjunct Faculty
Cynthia Klink

Cynthia J. Klink

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

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

Cindi Hall

Cindi Hall

(Administrative Assistant)
131 Physical Science
Phone: (607) 436-3345
E-Mail: Cindi.Hall@oneonta.edu

Cindi joined our department in the Fall of 2006. She obtained her BS in Sociology from SUNY Oneonta (2013). She is the mother of 3 grown men and has 5 grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves crafting, gardening, riding 4 wheeler, hiking and baking. She also loves to travel, meet people and experience different cultures.

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