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Three New Faculty Members Join IUP Anthropology Department

There are some new faces in the IUP Anthropology Department in Fall 2009. Drs. Elizabeth Cooper, Amanda Poole, and Benjamin Ford have joined the faculty, replacing some long-standing members of the department and supporting the new M.A. in Applied Archaeology.

Dr. Elizabeth Cooper just finished her Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology at the University of South Florida, where she also received a master’s degree in Public Health. Her geographic focus is in Malaysia, and she returned last fall from an extensive period of field work in Borneo supported by a National Science Foundation grant and a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship. Her research interests include nutritional anthropology, health policy, globalization, and cognitive and visual methodologies. She has a recent book chapter on teaching Anthropology with television published in Teaching Strategies in Anthropology, published by Prentice Hall. As one of the two replacements for Drs. Chaiken and Conelly, she will be teaching courses on SE Asia, Applied Anthropology, and Anthropology of Food as well as expanding the curriculum into areas of cognitive and visual anthropology.

Dr. Amanda Poole recently received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Washington. Her dissertation, “The Power of Place: Refugee Resettlement, Resource Management, and State Making in Lowlands Eritrea,” is based on extensive fieldwork supported by the Social Science Research Council and other fellowships. Her fields of specialization include political ecology, community-based resource management, migration issues, post-conflict development, food security, and cultural and environmental sustainability in the Horn of Africa and coastal Alaska. Most recently, she has been working in Alaska with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service to develop programs of sustainability in the Alaskan fishing communities. She will be teaching courses on Africa, Applied Anthropology, and Ecological Anthropology as well as expanding the curriculum into the area of Cultural and Environmental sustainability.

Dr. Ben Ford recently received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Texas A&M University in conjunction with the Nautical Archaeology Program. His dissertation, “The Lake Ontario Maritime Cultural Landscape,” focuses on his extensive fieldwork along Lake Ontario. This research is innovative in its integration of marine and terrestrial archaeological survey techniques designed to analyze human interaction with the shore environment between 5000 B.P. and AD 1900. Dr. Ford also has an M.A. from the College of William and Mary, where he wrote a thesis on “Shipbuilding in Maryland, 1631–1850.” Dr. Ford has extensive experience in applied archaeology working for the public and private sectors. His research interests include North American Historical Archaeology, Nautical Archaeology, GIS, and remote sensing applications in archaeology. Dr. Ford will be filling a need in Historic Archaeology for the new M.A. program in Applied Archaeology. He has hit the ground running and is already part of three proposals for external funding.

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