Research Focus Areas
Our research is interdisciplinary and often incorporates more than one of our four core sections of anthropology. As a result we share many projects in the department.
- Paleoethnobotany (Wagner)
- Eastern North America prehistoric and contact-era archaeology (Wagner),
- Historical archaeology of the African Diaspora (Kelly: Africa, Caribbean; Weik: Caribbean, US), and
- African prehistoric archaeology and ethnoarchaeology (Casey).
- Prehistoric archaeology of the Southeast (King & White)
- historic archaeology of the Southeast(DePratter, South)
De la Cova’s work examines the
- Impact race, culture, social inequality, and environment has on the skeletal health of African Americans and Euro-Americans though paleopathological and historical analysis.(De la Cova)
- Reconstructing population-level health and demographic patterns (paleoepidemiology and paleodemography) in various contexts, including historic plague epidemics (e.g. the Black Death). (DeWitte)
- Economic anthropology (Lewis)
- Cultural (Lewis, Moskowitiz, Reynolds, D. Simmons, K. Simmons, Feliciano-Santos)
- Linguistic (Reynolds)
- Political economy (Barker)
- Medica (D. Simmons)
- Language ideology, language socialization, and narrative and performance. (Reynolds).
- Politics of language use, social activism, language and cultural revitalization, and racial and ethnic formations amount Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and the diaspora. (Feliciano-Santos).
Grants and Research Funding
In addition to funding available through the University of South Carolina, there are many other organizations that fund anthropological research.
- Wenner Gren
- Fulbright Scholar Program
- Fulbright Hays Program
- SIGMA XI: The Scientific Research Society
- The Walker Institute of International and Area Studies
- Institute for Humane Studies
- Research Institute for the Study of Man
- The Leakey Foundation
Photo: Linguistic anthropologist, Jennifer Reynolds, produced an ethnographic film of bilingual multicultural kindergarten classes serving children ages 4-6 in a rural school located near San Martin Sacatepéquez, Guatemala during the 2016 school year. George Stoianov