Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

  • Chair Department of Anthroplogy
  • Professor, Anthropology Department


Current Courses

Fall 2017

  • ANTH 4183-001 Sex and Gender (Student Feedback)
    Location: AEB 320 (Alfred Emery Bldg)
  • ANTH 4900-001 Internship
  • ANTH 4950-001 Undergraduate Research
  • ANTH 4955-001 Undergraduate TA
  • ANTH 4990-001 Ind Res: Health Track
  • ANTH 6183-001 Sex and Gender
    Location: AEB 320 (Alfred Emery Bldg)
  • ANTH 6950-001 Individual Study
  • ANTH 6970-001 Thesis Research-Masters
  • ANTH 6980-001 Faculty Consultation
  • ANTH 7910-001 Individual Research
  • ANTH 7920-001 Guided Reading
  • ANTH 7970-001 Thesis Research-PhD
  • ANTH 7980-001 Faculty Consultation
  • ANTH 7990-001 Cont Reg-PhD

Summer 2017

Spring 2017

Courses I Teach

  • ANTH 1020 - Human Origins: Evolution and Diversity.
    Physical (also known as Biological) Anthropology is an exciting discipline that studies humans, and their closest living relatives, as biological beings living in cultural and natural settings. We are interested in questions pertinent and important to the scientific, social, and political agenda of the world. Based on what is taught in this course, students will be prepared to answer questions regarding human origins, the relationship of humans to the rest of the animal kingdom, the origin, patterns, maintenance, and significance of human biological variation. Students also learn about the nature of heredity and the ethical ramifications of new developments in biotechnology. The course introduces the topics of human and primate fossil records, human physiology, variation, race, and the genetic bases of human variation and evolution. There are voluntary, but highly recommended, review sessions for each exam and students are required to give a five minute group presentation in the class.
  • ANTH 4183 - Sex & Gender.
    The course introduces students to an anthropological perspective on the relationship between sex, the biological attributes by which a person is perceived to be "male" or "female", and gender or the ideals and practices associated with the roles, behaviors and sexualities of individuals. Students learn about the genetic mechanisms of sexual differentiation and how genetic, chromosomal and hormonal factors can make males appear masculine, females appear feminine and, in some cases, individuals appear to be both (intersex). Examples are drawn from modern societies to explore variation in gender roles and in the way people are treated in light of their sex and gender. (meets with ANTH 6183)

Teaching Projects

  • Learning Through Experience. Project Lead: Leslie A Knapp. Castle Foundation 06/01/2016 - 05/31/2017. Total Budget: $5,000.00.
  • Engaging Students with Hands-On and Interactive Activities in Primatology. Project Lead: Leslie Knapp. University of Utah, Individual Teaching Grant 12/15/2014 - 06/30/2015. Total Budget: $3,490.00.

Student Projects

  • A comparative study of human and howler monkey Toll-Like Receptor 7 under the selective pressure of yellow fever virus. Nicole Torosin. 07/01/2016 - present
  • UROP: Gene diversity in the major histocompatibility complex of wild and captive gorillas. Tsivya Devereaux. 06/2016 - 10/2016
  • Studying DRD4 genes in human and nonhuman primates. Michael Zaccheo. 11/2013 - present

Small Group Teaching

  • Initial offering of Learning Through Experience for small groups of students interested in laboratory science.  03/20/2017  -  05/20/2017