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Dr. Tracy Betsinger

 

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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: Monday & Wednesday 12-1 or by appointment

Dr. Tracy Betsinger is a Professor of Anthropology, specializing in Biological Anthropology. She competed her B.A. in Anthropology and Indian Studies at the University of North Dakota, her B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, her M.A. in Anthropology from the 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 in conjunction with The Ohio State University. She joined our department in Fall 2008.

Dr. Betsinger’s research interests include bioarchaeology, paleopathology, mortuary archaeology, and skeletal biology. She investigates the health and well-being of past populations by examining patterns of disease, stress and deprivation, and trauma. She is interested in the effects of gender, social status, and settlement patterns on these aspects of health. Her research has also focused on the mortuary treatment of perinatal or fetal burials.

Currently, Dr. Betsinger is involved in a project examining a skeletal sample from 18th-19th century Halifax, Nova Scotia, focusing on the health patterns of mothers and infants (with Dr. Amy B. Scott, University of New Brunswick). She has also examined the effects of urbanization on health patterns in medieval Poland, and she has investigated atypical mortuary burial patterns, such as the “vampire” burials of post-medieval Poland.

Courses taught:

ANTH 1300 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 3300 Anthropology of Death
ANTH 3304 Human Biology and Culture Change
ANTH 3301 Anthropology and Dying
ANTH 4350 Human Skeletal Anatomy
ANTH 4351 Forensic Anthropology
ANTH 4353 Advanced Skeletal Anatomy
ANTH 4352 Bioarchaeology
ANTH 4898 Issues in Anthropology

Recent Activities:

March 2022: Dr. Betsinger collected skeletal data from the Halifax collection, working with Emily Thomas, an undergraduate from SUNY Oneonta.

November 2021: Dr. Betsinger gave the presentation, “Vampire Bites: The Anthropology of an Enduring Myth” to the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Ohio.

September 2020: Co-applicant for a funded grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada, for the study of skeletal remains from 18th-19th century Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Recent Publications:

Scott AB, Betsinger TK, MacInnes S, Fonzo M, Hughes N. Forthcoming. A colony without a cough? An exploration of tuberculosis at the 18th century Fortress of Louisbourg, Canada. Historical Archaeology.

Smith MO, Betsinger TK. 2021. Patterns of antemortem tooth loss in late prehistoric west-central Tennessee. Dental Anthropology 34:3-20.

Betsinger TK, DeWitte, SN. 2021. Toward a bioarchaeology of urbanization: Demography, health, and behavior in cities in the past. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 175 (S.72):79-118.

Betsinger TK, DeWitte SN. 2020. The Bioarchaeology of Urbanization: The Biological, Demographic, and Social Consequences of Living in Cities. Springer Press.

DeWitte SN, Betsinger TK. 2020. Introduction to Bioarchaeology of Urbanization. In Betsinger TK, DeWitte SN, editors, The Bioarchaeology of Urbanization: The Biological, Demographic, and Social Consequences of Living in Cities. Springer Press, 1-24.

Betsinger TK, DeWitte SN, Agnew AM, Justus H. 2020. Frailty, survivorship, and stress in medieval Poland: A comparison of urban and rural populations. In Betsinger TK, DeWitte SN, editors, The Bioarchaeology of Urbanization: The Biological, Demographic, and Social Consequences of Living in Cities. Springer Press, 223-244.

Betsinger TK, Scott, AB, Tsaliki A. 2020. The Odd, the Unusual, and the Strange: Bioarchaeological Explorations of Atypical Burials. University of Florida Press.

Scott AB, Betsinger TK, Tsaliki A. 2020. Deconstructing “deviant”: An introduction to the history of atypical burials and the importance of context in the bioarchaeological record. In Betsinger TK, Scott AB, Tsaliki A, editors, The Odd, the Unusual, and the Strange: Bioarchaeological Explorations of Atypical Burials. University of Florida Press, 1-17.

Betsinger TK, Scott AB. 2020. Does health define deviancy? Non-normative burials in post-medieval Poland. In Betsinger TK, Scott AB, Tsaliki A, editors, The Odd, the Unusual, and the Strange: Bioarchaeological Explorations of Atypical Burials. University of Florida Press, 276-291.

Han SS, Betsinger TK, Scott AB, editors. 2018. Anthropology of the Fetus: Biology, Culture, and Society. Berghahn Books.

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 received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He joined our department in the Fall 2000 . Previously, 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. His honors include a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, election as Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Oneonta’s Susan Sutton Smith Award for Academic Excellence, and a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship.

Dr. Haley is an internationally recognized expert on how and why ethnic, racial, and national identities change. Two publications with Larry Wilcoxon placed him at the forefront of research on a global trend towards the adoption of indigenous identities (see “Anthropology and the Making of Chumash Tradition,” Current Anthropology, 1997, and “How Spaniards Became Chumash, and Other Tales of Ethnogenesis,” American Anthropologist, 2005). He also has conducted ethnographic and ethnohistorical research in rural California, on Spain’s colonization of California, on the Hopi Traditionalist faction, and on the Navajo of Black Mesa, Arizona.

Dr. Haley’s past works include Reimagining the Immigrant: The Accommodation of Mexican Immigrants in Rural America (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009), and he co-edited and authored a chapter in Imagining Globalization: Language, Identities, and Boundaries (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009).

Courses taught:

ANTH 1000 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 3015 Anthropology of the Southwest

ANTH 3020 Mexican Immigration

ANTH 3130 Religion, Magic, and Myth

ANTH 3170 Cultural Identities

ANTH 4100 Applying Cultural Research Methods

ANTH 4110 Ethnohistory

ANTH 4998 History of Anthropological Thought

Recent Activities:

Dr. Haley is writing a two-volume book on neo-Indianism, titled Unexpected Histories. The first volume addresses the creation of a neo-Indian social field inspired by the Hopi Traditionalist faction in the decades after World War II. The second volume examines the mass populating of this social field through the emergence of a neo-Chumash community in Santa Barbara, California.

Book review: “Becoming Hopi: A History, ed. by Wesley Bernardini, Stewart B. Koyiyumptewa, Gregson Schachner, and Leigh J. Kuwanwisiwma,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly, 125(4): 507-508 (forthcoming, April 2023).

Criticism: “Does Erlandson’s ‘The Making of Chumash Tradition’ Refute Haley and Wilcoxon?”, with discussion, Academia.edu, April 2022.

Conference presenter: Unsettling Genealogies Conference: A Forum on Pseudo Indians, Race Shifters, Pretendians, and Self-Indigenization in Media, Arts, Politics and the Academy, April 1, 2022. Virtual conference, March 17 – April 25, 2022, Native American Studies, Michigan State University.

Data paper: “Some Measures of the Scale of Pretendianism in the United States,” Academia.edu and ResearchGate.net, March 2022.

Book chapter: “Becoming Semu,” (public draft), Academia.edu and ResesarchGate.net, September 5, 2021.

Dr. Haley’s research on neo-Indians was discussed by Native American writer and journalist Jacqueline Keeler on her Pollen Nation Magazine podcasts, Aug. 10 and June 24, 2020.

Dr. Haley was invited to present his research on the popular misrepresentation of Hopi culture to the staff of the Hopi Tribe’s Cultural Preservation Office and its advisory elders committee in Kykotsmovi, Arizona, March 12, 2020.

The Santa Barbara Independent published an opinion by Dr. Haley on February 22, 2020 chastising scholars who make false claims of expertise to defend their collaborators’ flawed assertions of Native American ancestry and affiliation.

Dr. Haley was cited for his expertise in the Los Angeles Times on December 23, 2019 in an investigative series on the use of false claims of Native American ancestry and affiliation to qualify for minority grants, contracts and jobs.

Research article: “Craig Carpenter and the neo-Indians of LONAI.” American Indian Quarterly 42(2): 215-245 (2018)

Portrait

Dr. Sallie Han

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

Fall 2022 student meeting hours: M-W-Th 11:30am-1pm. Meetings will be held in person at Physical Science 143 or online on Teams. Click here to book an 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.

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 1000 (100) Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 3100 (220) Linguistic Anthropology

ANTH 3130 (211) Religion, Magic, and Myth

ANTH 3302 (236) Medical Anthropology

ANTH 3303 (238) Anthropology of Reproduction

ANTH 3325 Anthropology of Sexes & Genders

ANTH 4100 (355) Applying Cultural Research Methods

ANTH 4120 (312) Exhibiting Cultures in Museums

ANTH 4998 (393) History of Anthropological Thought

Recent activities:

November 2021. “The Climate of Reproduction in Anthropology.” Invited lecture for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Anthropology Proseminar Speaker Series.

January 2021. “The Climate of Pregnancy.” Keynote lecture for the “Pregnant Bodies – Embodied Pregnancy” conference, organized by the Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies, University of Cologne, Germany.

November 2019. “Spectacular reproduction revealed: Genetic genealogy testing as a re(tro)productive technology.” Invited paper for conference on “Integrating Reproductive Technologies,” held at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland.

Recent publications:

Han, Sallie. 2022. “Spectacular reproduction revealed: Genetic genealogy testing as a re(tro)productive technology.” In Integrating Reproductive Technologies: Propositions for a Life Course Approach in Social Studies of Reproduction. Victoria Boydell and Katharine Dow, editors. London: Emerald Group Publishing.

Han, Sallie. 2021. “The Text and Talk of Pregnancy: Bringing Language into the Anthropology of Reproduction.” In The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Reproduction. Sallie Han and Cecilia Tomori, editors. New York and London: Routledge.

Han, Sallie. 2020. “Mothering Tongues: Anthropological Perspectives on Language and the Mother-Infant Nexus.” In The Mother-Infant Nexus in Anthropology: Small Beginnings, Significant Outcomes, Sian Halcrow and Rebecca Gowland, editors. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature.

Han, Sallie 2018. “Language and Reproduction.” In The Oxford Handbook of Language and Sexuality, Kira Hall and Rusty Barrett, editors. New York: Oxford University Press.

Han, Sallie. 2018. “Pregnant with Ideas: Concepts of the Fetus in the 21st Century United States.” In The Anthropology of the Fetus: Biology, Society, Culture. Sallie Han, Tracy K. Betsinger, and Amy B. Scott, editors. New York and London: Berghahn Books.

Han, Sallie, Tracy K. Betsinger, Michaelyn Harle, and Amy B. Scott. 2018. “Reconceiving the Human Fetus: Perspectives from Bioarchaeology and Cultural Anthropology.” Co-authored with In Reproductive Bioethics, vol. 2. Lisa Campo-Engelstein and Paul Burcher, editors. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International.

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: Monday 3-4:30, Wednesday 4-5:30

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 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 biology, 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. She is also studying the effects of genetic stress or inbreeding on skeletal development, focusing on primate field sites with rich associated datasets. She has authored or co-authored twelve peer-reviewed publications, co-supervised two Master’s students, and informally mentored 25 high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. She is currently serving as co-chair of the American Association of Biological Anthropologists Education Committee (https://bioanth.org/about/committees/education-committee-page/). Dr. McGrath's work has received support from the National Science Foundation, Leakey Foundation, European Union, Smithsonian Institution, College of Charleston, The Ohio State University, The George Washington University, and SUNY Oneonta.

Courses taught:

ANTH 1300 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

ANTH 3994 Special Topics: Lab Methods in Biological Anthropology

ANTH 3350 Primate Behavior

ANTH 4400 Paleoanthropology

Recent activities:

November, 2022: Keynote speaker at the annual Northeastern Evolutionary Primatologists conference at SUNY Buffalo.

September, 2022: Undergraduate students Jillian Clarke and Sabrina Maccaron presented the results of their Summer Research Fellowship Program at the Summer Research Showcase. Coverage here: https://suny.oneonta.edu/news-events/summer-2022-student-research-projects

May, 2022: Featured in an NPR Academic Minute segment: https://academicminute.org/2022/05/kate-mcgrath-suny-oneonta-facial-asymmetry-in-gorillas-can-be-a-sign-of-stress/

April, 2022: Gave four presentations at the American Association of Biological Anthropologists (AABA) conference in Denver. Two posters were led by undergraduate students Jimmy Erkens and Jamal Salaymeh and focused on baboon dental development, one poster led by Katrina Yezzi-Woodley detailed the work of the AABA Education Committee, and Dr. McGrath gave a talk about stress markers in 1 to 3-million-year-old ancient human teeth.

February, 2022: Published an article linking facial asymmetry to inbreeding in gorillas. Article: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/full/10.1098/rspb.2021.2564#d1e2112. Write-up by the New Scientist: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2309313-mountain-gorilla-inbreeding-has-distorted-their-facial-features/

November, 2021: Presented at a workshop called "Dental pathways through times: The mechanisms behind human dental reduction" in Bordeaux, France.

November, 2021: Participated in a roundtable discussion titled, "Narrative and identity in great ape skeletal research" at the annual American Anthropological Association conference.

April, 2021: Featured on Leakey Foundation Lunch Break Science: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qvIL7dGkW4​​​​​​

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: Monday 11-12, Wednesday 9-10, and Thursday 1-2

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.

Courses taught:

ANTH 1300 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 3304 Human Biology and Culture Change
ANTH 3302 Medical Anthropology
ANTH 3303 Anthropology of Reproduction
ANTH 2203 Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
ANTH 3305 Evolutionary Medicine
ANTH 4898 Issues in Anthropology

Activities:

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). Along with colleagues from the Ontario Independence Program Research team, she has co-authored “Exploring the after-hours social experiences of youth with disabilities in residential immersive life skills programs: A photo elicitation study” in the peer-reviewed journal Disability and Rehabilitation. The article can be accessed through the following permanent link: https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2020.1855262 (January 2021) She also co-authored “Opportunities, Experiences, and Outcomes of Residential Immersive Life Skills Programs for Youth with Disabilities” in Disability and Rehabilitation with colleagues from the Ontario Independence Program Research team. (January 2020) and an article titled “Residential immersive life skills programs for youth with disabilities: Experiences of parents and shifts in parenting approaches.” The article appears in the December issue of the Journal of Adolescence. Citation:
Duff C, King G, McPherson AC, Kingsnorth S, and AEF Rudzik. 2019. Residential Immersive Life skills programs for youth with disabilities: Experiences of parents and shifts in parenting approaches. Journal of Adolescence.

Dr. Rudzik delivered the annual Richard Siegfried Lecture on Dec. 2, 2021 in the Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center. Dr. Rudzik’s lecture, titled “Losing sleep over sleep? How biology and culture shape sleep experience throughout the life course,” was introduced by Dean of the School of Sciences Dr. Tracy Allen, and a Q&A followed the lecture.

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: None, currently on sabbatical

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.

Courses taught:

ANTH 1650 Prehistoric World Cultures
ANTH 2600 Native American Archaeology
ANTH 2610 The Aztecs and Their Ancestors
ANTH 4610 Zooarchaeology
ANTH 4630 Archaeological Field and Laboratory Methods
ANTH 4600 Field School in Archaeology (summer session)
ANTH 4898 Issues in Anthropology

Activities:

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 the author of an introductory textbook, Prehistoric World Cultures, 3rd edition through Cognella Press, and recently published a book chapter titled, “Caches and Burials: Ritual Use of Dust Cave during the Paleoindian and Archaic Periods,” in Shaman, Priest, Practice, Belief: Materials of Ritual and Religion in Eastern North America edited by Stephen B. Carmody and Casey R. Barrier and published by University of Alabama 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).

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.

Courses taught

ANTH 1000 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 1600 Introduction to Archaeology

ANTH 3620 The Incas and Their Ancestors

ANTH 3730 Women & Gender in Prehistory

ANTH 3740 Archaeology and Environmental Change

ANTH 4620 Understanding Stone Tools

ANTH 4898 Issues in Anthropology

Activities:

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).

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Dr. Elizabeth K. Cruzado Carranza

(Adjunct Lecturer, Archaeology)
141 Physical Science
Phone: (607) 436-2207
E-Mail: elizabeth.cruzadocarranza@oneonta.edu

Dr. Cruzado Carranza obtained her BA in Social Science & Professional Archaeology from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru, her MA in Archaeology and Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in Museum Studies from the University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, then her PhD in Geography and Anthropology from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She joined our department in the Spring of 2022. Before coming to Oneonta, she was a Field and Lab Archaeologist for Unlimited Research Associates, Inc. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Courses taught:

ANTH 1650 Prehistoric World Cultures

ANTH 3010 North American Indians

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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) and has always worked as an Administrative Assistant. She is the mother of 3 grown men and has 5 grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves crafting, gardening, riding 4 wheeler, hiking, camping and baking. She also loves to travel, meet people and experience different cultures.

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