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Our Faculty:


Isidore Lobnibe, Associate Professor

Shirley Heying , Visiting Assistant Professor

Nora Pederson, Adjunct Instructor

Kylie Pine, Adjunct Instructor

Robin Smith, Professor and Chair


Anthropologists in Other Departments:


Misty Weitzel, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice



Isidore Lobnibe

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D., Univerisity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2007 (Anthropology)

M.A., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2002 (Anthropology)

B.A. Diploma of Education, University of Cape Coast 1995


Office: HSS 210B




Research: I am a Socio-cultural anthropologist trained in the historical tradition, specializing in Ghana/ West Africa. My research interests include the peasant economy; agrarian and environmental systems, labor migration, political economy, social organization, historiography, popular culture and the Black diaspora. I conducted my most recent field research among northern Ghanaian migrant farmers in villages of south-central Ghana, which resulted in my doctoral dissertation. I had earlier also participated in several anthropological projects on Dagara settlement history and earthshine boundaries in northwestern Ghana and southern Burkina Faso under the direction of Professor Carola Lentz. Currently, I am embarking on a major research project on the ethnography of prison farms and labor in Ghana.


Teaching: the courses I teach are Cultural Anthropology, Transnational Migration, Africa, Africa through Film, and Ethnographic Methods. I am also developing a course in Transnational Islam in Europe and the US.


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Shirley Heying

Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of New Mexico 2012 (Anthropology)

BS Saint Could State University 1993 (International Business)


Office: HSS 223


Phone: 503 838 8073






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Robin Smith


Ph.D., University of Florida 1982 (Anthropology)


Office: HSS 209


Phone: 503-838-8357


Research: I am a North American archaeologist with interests in both prehistoric and historic period cultures. I have worked at sites in the Southeast ranging from the Late Archaic and Contact eras to the Spanish Colonial, Seminole War and Plantation periods. In Oregon I have dug in the Cascades, Willamette Valley and Coast regions at Native American and Euro-American sites. I enjoy initiating students in the methods of scientific discovery and the joys and challenges of teamwork. My courses are primarily related to archaeology but include a number of other interests, including how humans evolved and gender as the fundamental organizing principle in human societies. Currently I am pursuing opportunities to increase my knowledge of past and present cultures of Canada.


Teaching: Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, World Prehistory, Human Evolution, North American Prehistory, Mothers and Daughters, Research Methods in Archaeology, Laboratory Methods in Archaeology, Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective, Women Anthropologists, Field Methods in Archaeology, Visual Anthropology, History and Theory of Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Northwest Indian Cultures, and Indian America.




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Misty Weitzel

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Ph.D., University of Alberta 2005 (Bioarcheology)

MAIS, OSU 1998 (Archaeology)

B.A., OSU 1992 (Anthropology)


Office: Maaske Hall


Phone: 503-838-8520


Research: My research is in the field of bioarchaeology. I am interested in combining aspects of physical anthropology and archaeology, specifically the excavation and analysis of human remains in both archaeological and forensic contexts. I am primarily concerned with human taphonomy or all of the environmental and cultural process that influence humans from the time of death to the time of recovery. I have studied these processes at an early Bronze Age cemetery in the Lake Baikal region of Siberia. Currently, I am developing replication experiments in taphonomy in which domestic pigs are used as human analogues as well as analyzing bone from a Bronze Age cemetery in Cyprus.


Teaching: I teach Archaeology at WOU. My other teaching interests are: Osteology, Osteoarchaeology, Mortuary Archaeology, Forensic Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Biological and Cultural Constructions of Race


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