Faculty and Staff

Faculty at a Glance - view contact information, areas of interest, and office hours


Dr. Elizabeth Arnold

Associate Professor

Office Address: 225 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8936
Email: arnoleli@gvsu.edu

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. Kristin Hedges

Assistant Professor

Office Address: 226a Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8212
Email: hedgeskr@gvsu.edu

Ph.D., University of Arizona

Medical Anthropology - Kenya, urban United States

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Dr. Tara Hefferan

Affiliate Professor, Internship Coordinator

Office Address: 224 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8924
Email: hefferta@gvsu.edu

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: maddeng@gvsu.edu

Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Physical Anthropology - Bioarchaeology, paleopathology, mummy studies

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Dr. Mark Schwartz

Professor; Interim Curator

Office Address: 220 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8518
Email: schwamar@gvsu.edu

Ph.D., Northwestern University

Archaeology - Near East, Great Lakes, underwater archaeology

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Dr. Christopher Shaffer

Assistant Professor

Office Address: 226 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8210
Email: shafferc@gvsu.edu

Ph.D., Washington University

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

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Dr. Heather Van Wormer

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Office Address: 221 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8673
Email: vanwormh@gvsu.edu

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: weibeld@gvsu.edu

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Cultural anthropology - United States and France, Religion and pilgrimage, tourism and space exploration

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Dr. Michael Wroblewski

Associate Professor

Office Address: 230 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8931
Email: wroblewm@gvsu.edu

Ph.D., University of Arizona

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

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Dr. Janet Brashler

Phone: (616) 331-3694
Email: brashlej@gvsu.edu

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: hullc@gvsu.edu

Angela Reed

Adjunct Professor

Office Address: 222 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8933
Email: reedang@gvsu.edu

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Dr. Russell Rhoads


Office Address: 234 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-3018
Email: rhoadsr@gvsu.edu

Ph.D., Kentucky

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

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Wesley Jackson

Collections and Information Management Specialist

Office Address: 249 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-3395
Email: jacksowe@gvsu.edu


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Barbie Young

Office Coordinator

Office Address: 231 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: (616) 331-2325
Email: youngb@gvsu.edu

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