Faculty

Daniel Cole

Daniel Cole
Professor, IU Maurer School of Law and School of Public & Environmental Affairs

Research Interests: Climate Change, Property Systems, Resource Governance, Pollution Control 

Tom Evans

Tom Evans
Professor, Department of Geography

Research Interests: Human-Environment Interactions, Agricultural Decision-Making, Water Governance, GIS/Spatial Modeling

James Robert Farmer

James Robert Farmer

Assistant Professor, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

Research Interests:  Community Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture, Natural Resources and Protected Areas, Conservation/Sustainability Environmental, Sustainable Behavior, Rural Landscapes and People, Community Based Participatory Research, Institutional Analysis

Darren Ficklin

Darren Ficklin
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

Research Interests: Watershed Hydrology. Surface water, ground water, and water quality modeling. Examining the effects of climate change on aquatic species ecosystems. Drought modeling and assessment.

Ed Hermann

Ed Herrmann
Research Scientist,  Department of Geological Sciences

Geographical Areas of Specialization: North America, American Midwest

Research Interests: Geoarchaeology, geomorphology, landscape analysis, settlement distributions, GIS, lithic analysis, Paleoindian archaeology, hunter-gatherers, predictive modeling, fermented foods and beverages.

Stacie King

Stacie King
Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor,  Anthropology Department

Geographical Areas of Specialization: Mexico (Oaxaca), Mesoamerica

Research Interests: Ancient & Colonial Mexico, Household Archeology, Identity, Food Practices, Soundscapes, Social Theory, Colonialism, Soil Chemistry and Microsale Methods in Archeology.

Profile: My research focuses on the peoples of Oaxaca, Mexico between 1500 B.C. to the present. I am particularly interested in how people in the past negotiated their place in the social, political, and economic world around them. I am interested in the ways that people figure out and creatively construct who they are, how they materially mark themselves in different social settings, and how they experience life as people with multiple overlapping and intersecting social identities.

Daniel Knudsen

Daniel Knudsen
Professor
, Department of Geography

Research Interests: Cultural Geography, Tourism Geography, Geographies of Food, Landscape Studies.

Sarah Osterhoudt

Sarah Osterhoudt
Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department

Geographical Areas of Specialization: Madagascar, Africa, Indian Ocean

Research Interests: Environmental Anthropology, Agrarian Studies, Agro-Ecological Systems, Political Ecology, Trade and Development, Anthropology of Knowledge.

Profile: My research examines the relationships between people, the environment, and global trade systems, especially within agricultural and agro-ecological landscapes. I ask: what are the connections between the cultivation of land and the cultivation of self? I investigate ways agrarian landscapes emerge as cultural landscapes, where individuals simultaneously cultivate meanings, moralities and memories.

Scott Robeson

Scott Robeson
Professor
, Department of Geography

Research Interests: Climate Change, detection and impacts, Statistical analysis of environmental change, Spatial statistics and time-series analysis.

Laura Scheiber

Laura Scheiber
Director of Undergraduate Studies
and Associate Professor, Anthropology Department
Director, William R. Adams Zooarcheology Laboratory
Affiliate, Center of Archeology in the Public Interest

Geographical Areas of Specialization: North America, Plains

Research Interests: Zooarcheology, Faunal Analysis, North American Archeology, Native American Ethnohistory, Culture Contact, Archaeological Theory and Practice, Historical Anthropology, Landscapes, Identity, Archeological Fiction.

Profile: In my research, I address long-term social dynamics on the North American Plains by considering culture contact and colonialism, household production, and micro-scale daily activities.

Jeanne Sept

Jeanne Sept
Chair and Professor, Anthropology Department
Affiliate Faculty, William R. Adams Zooarcheology Lab

Geographical Areas of Specialization: Africa

Research Interests: Archeology, Human Evolution. Paleoecology, primate ecology and diet

Profile: Investigating proto-human subsistence ecology is fundamental to understanding human origins. The earliest archaeological record in East Africa suggests that omnivorous diet and wide-ranging land-use patterns were distinctive proto-human adaptations. My research on this topic has led me out of the archaeological trenches and into the African savannas. Curious to understand how ancient environmental conditions would have influenced the dietary adaptations and ranging patterns of our early hominid ancestors, I have studied modern savanna environments analogous to early hominid habitats where sites have been preserved.

Jeffrey White

Jeffrey White
Professor, Director, Integrated Program in the Environment

Courses: Aquatic Chemistry, Environmental Engineering: Energy Systems

Profile: Dr. Jeffrey R. White has been with SPEA since 1983. He is a biogeochemist and studies the effects of human activities on the functioning of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. He serves as director of the Integrated Program in the Environment.

Richard Wilk

Richard Wilk
Distinguished Professor, Anthropology Department,
Affiliate, Center for Archeology in the Public Interest,
Faculty Associate, Anthropological Center for Training and Research on CASEL

Geographical Areas of Specialization: Caribbean, Latin America, and Belize

Research Interests: Economic, Applied and Cultural Anthropology

Profile: Passionately interested in social theory, modern beauty pageants, and the spread of ancient Olmec society, the shortcomings of rational choice theory and the history of Belizean cuisine, or the moral talk about television and the global branding of bottled water.