Elliot Blair, Assistant Professor

(205) 348-6542 | ehblair@ua.edu


  • Complex societies of the Americans
  • Mississippi and Colonial Southeast U.S.
  • Mission Santa Catalina de Guale
Rachel Cajigas

Rachel Cajigas, Assistant Professor



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

Katherine L. Chiou, Assistant Professor

24-D ten Hoor | (205) 348-1929 | klchiou@ua.edu


  • Anthropological Archaeology
  • Paleoethnobotany/Archaeobotany
  • Andean Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Food
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and 3D Modeling
  • Household Archaeology
  • Archaeological Ethics
  • Genus Capsicum

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Jason DeCaro, Professor and Chair



  • Human development across the lifecourse
  • Biocultural medical and psychological anthropology
  • Human evolutionary biology
  • Social epidemiology
  • East Africa, Central America, USA

Marysia Galbraith, Professor

(205) 348-8412 | mgalbrai@ua.edu


  • National and ethnic identity
  • East and Central Europe
  • Globalization

Courtney Helfrecht, Assistant Professor

(205) 348-7293 | chelfrecht@ua.edu


  • Biocultural medical anthropology
  • Impact of cultural/physical stressors on biomarker patterning and developmental trajectories
  • Socio-cultural and evolutionary determinants of childhood health and growth
  • Evolution of human childhood
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia (Sidama agropastoralists) and Central African Republic (Aka foragers and Ngandu horticulturalists)

Holly Horan, Assistant Professor



  • Applied biocultural, medical anthropology
  • Decolonizing anthropology
  • Syndemic Theory
  • Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Latin America
  • Maternal and infant health with an emphasis on timing of delivery
  • Developmental origins of health and disease and stress during the childbearing year
  • Alternative models of maternity/reproductive health care
  • Birth workers (doulas and midwives) and their capacity for improving health outcomes for the under/unjustly-served
  • Social justice and community engaged research (CEnR)
  • Health Systems Reform

Cameron Lacquement, Associate Teaching Professor

(205) 348-1961 | clacquement@ua.edu

  • Southeastern archaeology
  • Monumental and domestic architecture
  • Moundville
Chris Lynn

Christopher D. Lynn, Professor

(205) 348-4162 | cdlynn@ua.edu


  • Biocultural medical anthropology
  • Human behavioral ecology
  • Evolutionary studies
  • Cultural impacts on health
  • Dissociation, absorption, and trance
  • Signaling theory, cooperation, and commitment

Pronouns: he/him/his

Stephanie McClure, Assistant Professor

(205) 348-2855 | smcclur1@ua.edu

My overarching area of interest is culture, the body, and health. Said in another way, my primary research interest (currently) is the body as the subject andobject of culture, and the bearing that subject/object duality has on how health is understood, experienced, assessed, etc.

My current pursuits with respect to that overarching interest fall into three categories:

  • physicality and identity
  • intersectionality
  • physical activity and wellbeing

My current projects  and their category alignment:

  • Utility of  robust norms assessment for increasing the predictive capacity of health behavior theories (physicality and wellbeing)
  • Effect of the psychosocial benefits of physical activity on girls’ school performance (physicality and wellbeing)
  • Collage construction as a method for exploring physicality and identity (physicality and identity)
  • The role of race/gender as a key intersection in African American adolescent girls’ physicality (intersectionality)
  • History as a social determinant of health (this really goes back to my overarching question).

My population focus is African American women and girls.

Lisa Pawloski, Professor and Associate Dean for International Programs

(205) 348-0047 | lpawloski@ua.edu

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
Sonya Pritzker

Sonya E. Pritzker, Associate Professor

(205) 348-6554 | spritzker@ua.edu


  • embodied social justice
  • language, emotion, and the body
  • intimacy, self-development, social action and cultural change in China
  • translation in Chinese medicine
  • methodology in integrative medicine research
  • the globalization of Chinese medicine
  • the development of integrative medicine in the U.S. and China
Diane Tober

Diane Tober, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology & the Institute for Social Science Research



Alexandre Tokovinine, Assistant Professor

(205) 348-1906 | atokovinine@ua.edu


  • Maya archaeology and epigraphy
  • Iconography
  • 3D scanning and virtual reality