Department of Anthropology

In Anthropology It's ALL About Research

Here Are Some of the Things Being Studied at FAU:
(Scroll To The Sections For Archaeology, Biological (Physical) Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology)




Justin Colon

My research interests include prehistoric archaeology in the Americas, in particular lithic technologies, trade and status.  Most of my previous work has been in the tri-state areas of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, as well as internationally in Oman and Ecuador.


John Duggan

John S. Duggan

My research interests are in Paleoindian archaeology, Pleistocene landscapes, lithic technology, and the formation of early cultural systems in prehistoric Florida.  I am currently the Field Director of the Old Vero Archaeological Site, an Archaic and Paleoindian site in Indian River County, Florida.


Dr. Arlene Fradkin

My major area of expertise is zooarchaeology, the study of animal bone and shell remains recovered from archaeological sites.  As a branch of environmental archaeology, this discipline is directed toward understanding the dynamic relationship between past human populations and the natural and social environment in which they lived. 



Dr. Clifford Brown

Most of my research and experience in archaeology focuses geographically on the culture area called Mesoamerica, which encompasses central and eastern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, and western Honduras.  Recently, I began survey and excavations in northwest Nicaragua.  My research interests include the origins of civilization, particularly the emergence of inequality and social complexity; ceramic analysis; lithic analysis; and the application of quantitative methods in archaeology, especially fractal analysis.





Benni Litman

My research interests in primatology focuses on biological stress markers in chimpanzees  My previous fieldwork involved studying unhabituated chimpanzees in Sierra Leone as they transition from extremely negative human interaction (being hunted) to neutral human presence (field observers) through hormone analysis.  My current focus involves further exploring various methodologies for assessing chimpanzee endocrine responses.



Alexandra Thomas

My research interests involve human evolution and migration.  I am research dentition and diet to see if these markers explain the morphology of the cranium.  My particular areas of research interest are Europe and Asia.


Alyson Fishbein

Alyson Fishbein

My research interest is the evolution of the brain, specifically the roles of white matter tissues and the mechanisms responsible for brain growth and human language.  I will focus on the corpus callosum of individuals afflicted with a medical condition called microcephaly.




Stephen Amorino

Stephen Amorino

My research focuses on environment and ecological anthropology.  With my background studying community forestry and indigenous land rights, I plan to research the impact of environmental degradation on the Everglades as well as the threats to Native American tribal lands in Southern Florida.


Dr. Max Kirsch

Most of my work as an anthropologist has been economic and political anthropology, globalism, the anthropology of work and the anthropology of gender, as well as human rights and issues of peace and justice.  In doing this, my focus contains questions of the meaning and generation of theory and their consequences on the analysis of local populations in global settings, as well as the analysis of the individual in society. 

Dr. Michael Harris

My work in anthropology is motivated by my interest in making anthropology relevant to contemporary social problems.  In general, I am most interested in how anthropology can be used to address such disparate issues as health and disease patterns, inequality, and environmental degradation.  Most of my work has focused on the human-environment interaction, particularly examining how people use land in subsistence practices, how access to land changes over the course of a household’s life cycle, and through inheritance practices.  From this basic focus on land use, my research extends out to economic and political processes as well as issues of health and illness (especially childhood disease and mortality).

 Last Modified 2/16/17