College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Anthropology Department Faculty

Faculty office hours


TODD A. KOETJE  website | | 360-650-4791 (x4791)
Associate Professor and Chair
Ph.D. University of Tennessee

Arntzen Hall 344  Office hours: Mon-Thurs 12:00 - 1:00

Research Interests: Archaeology, quantitative methods, spatial studies, method and theory; Paleolithic Old World, Paleoindian-Archaic Northeast US

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. University of British Columbia

Research Interests: Ethnohistory, method & theory, indigenous rights, North American Indians; Northwest Coast


SEAN BRUNA  websiteWWU Medical Anthropology Lab | | 360-650-2290 (x2290)
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of New Mexico

Research Interests: Native North America, U.S. Southwest, sovereignty, applied anthropology, medical anthropology, chronic disease prevention, community based participatory research (CBPR)


SARAH K. CAMPBELL  website | | 360-650-4793 (x4793)
Grad Student Advisor
Ph.D. University of Washington

Research Interests: Pacific Northwest prehistory, hunter-gatherer adaptations, archaeological method and theory

DOMINIQUE COULET DU GARD, Ph.D. | 360-650-4798 (x4798)
Senior Instructor

Research Interests: Coming Soon


JERALD EK  websiteresearch website | | 360-650-4788 (x4788)
Ph.D. State University of New York, Albany

Research Interests: Human-Environmental Dynamics, Ancient Cities and Urbanism, Political Organization of Pre-industrial Complex Societies, Collapse, GIS Applications, Ceramic Analysis, Environmental Archaeology, Mesoamerica, with specialization in pre-Hispanic Maya

MIKE ETNIER | websiteBoxcavations  
Affiliate Research Associate
Ph.D. University of Washington

Research Interests: Mike is a zooarchaeologist, primarily interested in studying biogeography and historical ecology of North Pacific marine ecosystems, and how changes in each of these has or has not influenced, or been influenced by, prehistoric human hunting practices. To study these complex systems, he spends nearly equal amounts of time working with modern and ancient bone and tooth samples. Mike is currently working on year three of a three-year NSF grant, but is hoping to extend the project one more year (with or without additional funding)


JOSH FISHER | 360-650-4785 (x4785_
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Affiliate Faculty in the Institute for Energy Studies and Huxley College of the Environment
Ph.D. University of Oregon

Research Interests: Urban Political Ecologies, More-Than-Human Geographies/Anthropologies, Feminist/Decolonial/Queer Theory, Collaborative Ethnography, Nicaragua, Latin America

JOYCE D. HAMMOND | 360-650-4796 (x4796)
Ph.D. University of Illinois

Research Interests: Gender studies, visual anthropology, participatory action research, expressive and popular culture (particularly photographic, film & video representations), tourism, fieldwork methods and museum studies; Pacific


PAUL JAMES  website | | 360-650-2185 (x2185)
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. candidate, Anthropology; Human Evolutionary Ecology Program, University of New Mexico
M.S. Anthropology, University of New Mexico

Research Interests: Applied medical anthropology, waterborne and communicable disease prevention, developmental immunology and childhood asthma, community based interventions for type-2 diabetes , public health program evaluation, tuberculosis in indigenous populations, evolutionary medicine, breast cancer, epidemiology, migrant/border health, environmental health. I am also interested in the promotion of diverse students in pre-med education and medical programs.


KATE KOLPAN  | 360-650-4787 (x4787)
Visiting Professor
Ph.D. University of Florida

Research Interests: Bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, paleopathology, osteology and osteometry, isotope analysis, genocide and victimization, conflict and military archaeology, contemporary archaeological theory, materiality, World War II, Central Europe and the Balkans


JAMES LOUCKY  websiteblog | | 360-650-3615 (x3615)
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests: Human rights, immigration and border policies, political ecology, community well being, intercultural education, Mesoamerican diaspora communities; Latin America, North America

ROBERT C. MARSHALL  website | 
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests: Political economy, symbolism, Marxist anthropology, aging; East Asia, Japan

M.J. MOSHER  website | | 360-650-3614 (x3614)
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Kansas

Research Interests: Anthropological genetics, epigenetics, nutrition, adipokines, human variation and adaptation, Arctic Populations


JAKE PFAFFENROTH  website | | 360-650-4798 (x4798)
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin

Research Interests: Prehistory of eastern North America, Cahokia and Mississippian societies, cross-cultural interaction, multi-ethnic communities, human migration, identity, ancient architecture, archaeological cartography


JUDITH M.S. PINE  website | | 360-650-4783 (x4783)
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Washington

Research Interests: Linguistic anthropology, literacy theory, upland peoples of SE Asia/SW China, indigenousness, globalization/borders, language maintenance/endangerment


ALYSON ROLLINS | 360-650-2185 (x2185)
Senior Instructor
MA, Western Washington University

Research Interests: Human Origins, Biocultural Evolution of early Hominin populations, comparative Osteology and Bioarchaeology


KATHLEEN SAUNDERS | 360-650-4789 (x4789)
Senior Instructor
ABD, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Research Interests: Anthropology of science and technology, production and reproduction, biomedical ethics, political economy


KATHLEEN YOUNG  website | | 360-650-4790 (x4790)
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Simon Fraser University

Research Interests: War/violence and human rights, death and dying, gender, religion, ethnic relations, cross-cultural law; Dalmatia, Bosnia and affiliated ethnic groups in Northwest Washington State

YEON JUNG YU  website | | 360-650-2182 (x2182)
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Stanford University

Research Interests: Socio-cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, social networks, gender, political economy, mixed methods, marginalized populations, stigma, migration/immigration, HIV/STIs; East Asia, China & Korea