Anthropology professor chosen as a 2021 Women in STEM Award winner, recently promoted to full professor Dr. Suzanne Oakdale, a professor in Anthropology, was selected in June as a 2021 Women in STEM Award winner. Her project is “Claiming Celiac: Narratives of Illness and the Creation of New Worlds.” The […] Read More
Dr. Hannah Mattson, an assistant professor in UNM’s Department of Anthropology, is interested in the role and uses of ancient jewelry — also known as personal adornments — in ritual practices. In this video, Mattson shares what materials and shapes were used in ancient jewelry found in Pueblo Bonito and how they are connected to identity.
Dr. Patricia Crown, a distinguished professor in UNM’s Department of Anthropology, is collaborating with UNM students and Professor W.H. Wills to conduct fieldwork in Chaco Canyon. In this video, Crown shares her research on the use of cylinder jars, drinking rituals, and the use of cacao in Pueblo Bonito.
Dr. Emily Jones, an associate professor of the Anthropology Department at UNM, has been going through collections of bones that can help understand better the dispersal of the domestic horse into the Americas in the 16th and 17th centuries. In this video, Jones shares her interest for animals, her fascination with bones and how […] Read More
Despite women tending to outlive men in almost all societies, they experience more sickness along the way. This gender-health paradox has long puzzled researchers. Biological differences between the sexes — females’ higher body fat percentage, for example — are often thought to be the reason why women are subject to a higher burden of […] Read More
Anthropology assistant professor promoted to associate professor Dr. Siobhan Mattison, an assistant professor in the UNM Anthropology Department, has been promoted to associate professor for fall 2020. “I am thankful for all the support I have got from Advance and from my colleagues in Anthropology. The promotion, for me, is a way to expand research […] Read More
UNM anthropologist selected as new director of the Latin American and Iberian Institute UNM professor of anthropology Dr. Frances Hayashida has been appointed as the new director of the Latin American and Iberian Institute(LAII). Hayashida accepted the offer effective July 2020. As director, she will oversee the research, educational, and outreach efforts of the […] Read More
Anthropology professor co-authors chapter in book Dogs: Archaeology Beyond Domestication Dr. Emily Jones, an associate professor in UNM’s Anthropology Department, co-authored a chapter in Dogs: Archaeology Beyond Domestication book along with graduate student Victoria Monagle. The chapter, “Dog Life and Death in an Ancestral Pueblo Landscape,” focuses on the role dogs played in human […] Read More
UNM anthropologist Dr. Melissa Emery Thompson is leading a project funded by the National Institute on Aging examining the human aging process by studying one of our closest relatives — chimpanzees. The project focuses on how chimpanzees age and what sort of factors affect their health as they get older. Ultimately, the goal is […] Read More
Maxwell Museum curator creates virtual COVID-19 exhibit In response to the global pandemic, UNM’s Maxwell Museum curator Dr. Devorah Romanek has created Covid 19: Concepts of Sickness and Wellness, a virtual exhibition dedicated to expanding visitor’s perspectives on the virus through a historical context. The exhibit, which can be found here, has had 2,000 […] Read More
Dr. Hannah Mattson, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her proposal is “Tracing the Movement of Early Pueblo Pottery across the Southern San Juan Basin: Preliminary Compositional Analysis of Cibola Ceramics from Chaco Canyon.” This project is based on researching the trade of pottery vessels between Chaco Canyon and the southern San […] Read More
New UNM assistant professor studies how contemporary Yucatec Maya speakers are using their language to study linguistics UNM Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Dr. Catherine R. Rhodes, is studying the relationships between language and processes of social identification, working specifically with Yucatec Maya speakers in Mexico. “In Mexico, the Yucatec Maya […] Read More
UNM associate professor of anthropology studies changes in the fossil record to investigate the evolution of apes and humans Dr. Sherry Nelson, associate professor of anthropology, is currently researching the interaction of climatic, vegetation, and faunal changes in the fossil record. These changes give indications to the ecological requirements for changes in body size, brain […] Read More
UNM associate professor of anthropology promoted to professor of anthropology in summer 2019 Dr. Frances Hayashida was recently promoted to professor of anthropology at UNM. Hayashida is an archaeologist who studies water, land, politics, and culture in arid environments in the Andes. “I study what happens to local people and landscapes following imperial (Inka) […] Read More
Women in STEM award winner heads the archaeological investigation of Ancestral Pueblo farming settlements Dr. Hannah Mattson, 2019 Women in STEM winner and assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, is heading up a project for the archaeological investigation of Ancestral Pueblo farming settlements associated with the Tonque Pueblo. Along with her Women in STEM […] Read More
UNM Anthropology professor awarded prestigious fellowship Dr. Patricia Crown has been awarded the School for Advanced Research (SAR) Weatherhead Resident Scholar Fellowship effective 2019-2020. The (SAR) Weatherhead Resident Scholar Fellowship awards nine months of housing in Santa Fe and a stipend for the researcher while they complete a book, manuscript, or dissertation. “In […] Read More