Faculty and Staff

Faculty Schedule

Faculty schedule at a glance


Dr. Elizabeth Arnold

Associate Professor, Assistant Chair

Office Address: 225 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8936
Email: [email protected]

B.A., M.A, University of Manitoba
Ph.D., University of Calgary

Anthropologist/Archaeologist - Plant and animal studies within the archaeological record

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Dr. Steven Dorland

Assistant Professor

Office Address:  228 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8211
Email: [email protected]

Ph.D., University of Toronto

Archaeology - Eastern North America
Collaborative Archaeology, Pottery Production, and Childhood Learning

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Dr. Jonathan Greer

Visiting Professor

Office Address:  229 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8217
Email: [email protected]

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Archaeology – Biblical Archaeology, Zooarchaeology
Ancient Israelite religion, sacrifice, and feasting

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Dr. Kristin Hedges

Associate Professor, Internship Coordinator

Office Address: 234 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8212
Email: [email protected]

Ph.D., University of Arizona

Medical Anthropology - Kenya, urban United States

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Dr. Tara Hefferan

Affiliate Professor

Office Address: 224 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8924
Email: [email protected]

Ph.D., Michigan State University

Applied Cultural Anthropology - Haiti and the United States (Focus on Grand Rapids), economic development, midwifery

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Dr. Gwyn Madden


Office Address: 223 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-2721
Email: [email protected]

Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Physical Anthropology - Bioarchaeology, paleopathology, mummy studies

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Dr. Mark Schwartz


Office Address: 220 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8518
Email: [email protected]

Ph.D., Northwestern University

Archaeology - Near East, Great Lakes, underwater archaeology

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Dr. Christopher Shaffer

Associate Professor

Office Address: 226 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8210
Email: [email protected]

Ph.D., Washington University

Biological anthropology - Human variation, conservation ecology, ecological anthropology, hunting technology

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Dr. Heather Van Wormer

Associate Professor

Office Address: 226a Lake Michigan Hall
Office Hours: Fall 2022  T/W 10:30-3:00
Phone: (616) 331-8673
Email: [email protected]

Ph.D., Michigan State University

Historical archaeology/ Cultural anthropology- Intentional communities, social memory, historical anthropology, social movements, North America and New Zealand

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Dr. Deana Weibel


Office Address: 227 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-3346
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @ethnoethereal

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Cultural anthropology - U.S. and France, Religion, pilgrimage, travel and tourism, space exploration, space tourism

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Dr. Michael Wroblewski

Associate Professor and Department Chair

Office Address: 230 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8931
Email: [email protected]

Ph.D., University of Arizona

Linguistic anthropology – indigeneity, language revitalization, language and identity, language variation and change, Amazonian Ecuador, U.S., Norway

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Angela Reed

Adjunct Professor

Office Address: 222 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8933
Email: [email protected]

M.A., University of Pittsburgh

Public Archaeology- Maya and Iroquois

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Pamela Galbraith

Adjunct Professor

Office Address: 1121 AuSable Hall
Phone: (616) 331-2320
Email: [email protected]

M.A., Michigan State University

Cultural Anthropology

Stephanie Sicard

Adjunct Professor

Office Address: 222 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8933
Email: [email protected]

M.A., Western Michigan University

Cultural Anthropology


Dr. Janet Brashler

Email: [email protected]

Ph.D., Michigan State University

Archaeology - Eastern United States and Middle East, ceramic analysis, Native Americans and social justice, cultural ecology

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Dr. Cindy Hull

Dr. Cindy Hull

Professor Emerita
Email: [email protected]

Dr Russell Rhoads

Dr. Russell Rhoads

Email: [email protected]

Ph.D., Kentucky

Applied sociocultural anthropology - Africa and Latin America, resettlement, refugees and migration, community engagement


Wesley Jackson

Collections and Information Management Specialist

Office Address: 249 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-3395
Email: [email protected]


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Barbie Young

Office Coordinator

Office Address: 231 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-2325
Email: [email protected]

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