Faculty

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    Rhawn Denniston

    Associate Professor of Geology

    Teaches several courses related to archaeology, including Mineralogy, Climate Change, and Geomorphology. Ph.D., geosciences, University of Iowa.

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    John Doershuk

    Visiting Professor of Anthropology

    Has taught various courses in anthropology over the years, including Archaeology, Introduction to Archaeological Field Methods, Human Origins, and Indigenous Peoples and Cultures of North America. He became the Iowa State Archaeologist in July 2007. Ph.D., anthropology, Northwestern University.

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    John Gruber-Miller

    Professor of Classical Studies

    Serves as advisor to the archaeology program. He teaches off-campus courses on Greek and Roman archaeology and courses in Latin and Greek. Ph.D., classics, The Ohio State University.

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    Chris Hoklotubbe

    Assistant Professor of Religion

    Teaches both on and off-campus courses on Greek and Roman archaeology and religion, with a special emphasis upon how such materials inform our interpretation of the New Testament and Early Christianity. He also teaches Native American Religions, which includes discussion about how archaeological remains inform our understanding of ancient indigenous religious cultures and practices.

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    Khristin Landry-Montes

    Assistant Professor of Art History

    Khristin Landry Montes is a broadly trained art historian who teaches courses on the art and architecture of ancient Mexico, global contemporary art, and the art of border walls and spaces. Khristin believes art history is a dynamic discipline capable of creating positive social change in the world. She loves teaching students the history of art from a variety of cultural perspectives and incorporates experiences with art into the classroom. With additional training in museum studies, anthropology, and archaeology, Khristin also serves as an affiliated researcher with the NGO InHerit—Indigenous Heritage Passed to Present—through the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Recently, she has served as the project facilitator with InHerit’s Yucatec Cenotes Heritage and Conservation Project in Yucatán, Mexico. Funded by National Geographic, this project is a collaboration involving InHerit, the Universidad de Oriente (UNO) in Yucatán, Mexico, and nine middle schools in Maya communities in Yucatán. The project seeks to develop sustainable environmental and cultural conservation in these Maya communities. Khristin hopes to involve Cornell students in future research and community-based projects. M.A., Northern Illinois University; PhD, University of Illinois Chicago.

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    Drew Muscente

    Assistant Professor of Geology

    Teaches a number of courses that may count toward the archaeology major, including Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. Ph.D. Geoscience, Virginia Tech.

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    Christina Morris Penn-Goetsch

    Professor of Art History

    Teaches the course Etruscan and Roman Art. Ph.D., art history, University of Iowa.

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    Misha Quill

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology

    Teaches courses in justice, gender, human rights, social organization, sustainability, medical anthropology, religious practice, and research methods. Her courses, which focus on the social world, often include trips in places such as India, Nepal, the Bahamas, Ireland, and Mexico. Quill's research in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Ireland focuses largely on the complex interactions that NGOs and nonprofits have with the people they seek to help. Ph.D., cultural anthropology, University of Iowa.

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    Cindy Strong

    Professor of Chemistry

    Teaches courses in analytical chemistry. Ph.D., chemistry, California Institute of Technology.

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    Emily Walsh

    Professor of Geology

    Teaches a number of courses that may count toward an archaeology major, and she has also co-led the off-campus course Greek Archaeology. Ph.D. geological sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara.