John Abbott, Instructor

(205) 348-0534 |

Alex Benitez, Instructor

(205) 371-2234 |

Rachel Cajigas

Rachel Cajigas, Instructor

25F ten Hoor |

  • geoarchaeology
  • early agriculture in NW Mexico/SW United States
  • Southeastern archaeology
  • mound building and monumental architecture
  • coastal environments
  • shallow geophysical prospection

Katy Groves, Instructor

(205) 348-5947 |

Lisa Pawloski, Professor and Associate Dean for International Programs

Clark Hall 302 | (205) 348-0047 |

Dr. Pawloski is the Associate Dean for International Programs and a Professor of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her previous roles included founding Chair of the Departments of Nutrition and Food Studies and Global and Community Health at George Mason University.  She also served as Dean of Academic Affairs on the George Mason University Korea campus in Songdo Korea.

Dr. Pawloski is an expert in childhood obesity and biocultural aspects of health and nutrition among children, adolescents, and young adults. As a Fulbright Scholar in 1997, she examined the nutritional status of adolescent girls from the Segou Region in Mali, West Africa to explore factors impacting malnutrition in that region. Her current interests involve exploring the biocultural, geographic, and social determinants of obesity in transitional countries. Dr. Pawloski has most recently worked and conducted research in Thailand, Iraq, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Chile, and Paris, France.


  • PhD, Anthropology, Indiana University, 1999
  • MA, Anthropology, Indiana University, 1996
  • BA, Biology (Minors: Chemistry and Anthropology), Texas A&M University, 1991

Claire Thompson, Instructor

ten Hoor Hall | (205) 454-4954 |

  • Southeastern archaeology with a focus on Woodland and Mississippian cultures
  • Origins and development of complex societies
  • Political economy
  • Hierarchy, heterarchy
  • Lithic and ceramic technology
  • Zooarchaeological analyses.