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Anthropology Faculty and Staff

Dr. Stephanie May de Montigny, Chair

Dr. Stephanie May de Montigny, Chair

Associate Professor

Office: Swart 317A
Phone: (920) 424-7495
Email: may@uwosh.edu

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Education:
Ph.D., University of Texas Austin

Stephanie May de Montigny is a cultural anthropologist.  Her courses and research interests include Native American studies, kinship, gender and sexuality, ethnohistory, vernacular architecture, and visual art and dance.  She also teaches classes on ethnographic methods, American ethnography, and expressive culture.

Dr. Jordan Karsten

Dr. Jordan Karsten

Assistant Professor

Office: Swart 320
Email: karstenj@uwosh.edu

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Education:
Ph.D. and M.A., State University of New York, Albany

Dr. Karsten is a biological anthropologist with a focus on human osteology. His research interests include areas of bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology, and he is actively involved in excavations focused on Neolithic Ukraine. Dr. Karsten teaches classes on human skeletal anatomy, forensic anthropology, paleoanthropology, genetics, and archaeology.
Dr. Stephanie Spehar

Dr. Stephanie Spehar

Associate Professor

Office: Swart 313
Phone: (920) 424-7073
Email: spehars@uwosh.edu

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Education:
Ph.D., New York University
M.A., New York University
B.A., California State University Los Angeles

Stephanie Spehar is a physical anthropologist whose area of specialization is primate socioecology, or how ecology and the environment have shaped primate social systems and behavior. Within this framework, her research focuses on primate mating systems, group dynamics and social behavior, and communication. A second major research interest is primate conservation, especially the effect of habitat alteration, fragmentation, and hunting on primate communities.

Dr. Heidi Nicholls

Dr. Heidi Nicholls

Lecturer

Office: Swart 322
Phone: (920) 424-7183
Email:  nichollsh@uwosh.edu

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Education:
Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY
M.A., Cleveland State University
B.A., Cleveland State University

Dr. Heidi J Nicholls is a cultural anthropologist with research interests that include indigenous heritage tourism, intercultural relations and dynamics, US diversity, cultural expressions through dance and economic development. Dr. Nicholls has conducted ethnographic research on the Navajo (Dine) Reservation, in Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Anguilla in addition to working as a cultural consultant focused on interactional competency, bias, and etymology.

Dr. Adrienne Frie

Dr. Adrienne Frie

Assistant Professor

Office: Swart 314
Phone: (920)
Email: friea@uwosh.edu

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Education:
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., University of California San Diego

Adrienne Frie is an anthropological archaeologist whose research specialties include prehistoric Europe, human-animal relations, and prehistoric art. Dr. Frie’s ongoing research is focused on Iron Age Slovenia, where she investigates how animal depictions and faunal remains provide insight into prehistoric interactions with and ideas about animals. Her work has demonstrated that prehistoric conceptions of animals were expressed and negotiated via imagery, but also that animal symbolism was a potent form of social expression, and one that was restricted by status and social role. This research is multidisciplinary, and in addition to archaeological evidence takes into account animal behavior, local environments, and the socioeconomic structures surrounding animal husbandry and other human-animal interactions.

Dr. Kevin Garstki

Dr. Kevin Garstki

Lecturer

Office: Swart
Phone: (920)
Email:

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Education:
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kevin Garstki is an anthropological archaeologist whose research focuses on the impact of digital technology on modern archaeology, as well as the effect of emerging technology on prehistoric societies. He is a prehistoric European archaeologist who has worked in Cyprus, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and North America. His doctoral research centered on the organization of early iron production in Iron Age Ireland. Dr. Garstki’s current research focuses on the critical use and reuse of digital archaeological data, specifically using 3D visualization technologies to enhance the documentation, research, and archiving of material heritage and its use in public outreach. He has worked for the last eight years as director of digital imaging for the Athienou Archaeological Project in Cyprus and is the co-director of the Wolves and the Caesars (WAC) archaeological field school in Knežak.

Dr. Mai See Thao

Dr. Mai See Thao

Assistant Professor

Office: Swart
Phone: (920)
Email:

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Education:
Postdoctoral, Medical College of Wisconsin
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Mai See Thao is a medical anthropologist with research interests in historical trauma, displacement, the refugee body, biopolitics, and care (long-term care and chronic disease management). She completed her dissertation at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Anthropology, examining Hmong American experiences of type II diabetes and the implications of chronic care for a displaced community. Situating chronic disease management within a Hmong and U.S. historical and racial context, Dr. Thao examined how politics of belonging are central in caring for health and wellbeing. She infuses community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) with her anthropological training. With a macro-to-micro perspective, she teaches CBPAR and social science theories to community members as a form of social justice in achieving health equity. She is currently leading a community-based traveling exhibit that centers Hmong experiences of historical trauma and hope. She, along with her community partners in Milwaukee, are engaged in CBPAR on social determinants of health for Hmong with type II diabetes. As the Director of Hmong Studies, Dr. Thao is excited to lead the Hmong Studies Certificate and teach critical Hmong Studies courses in Anthropology that examines the topics of race, gender, the refugee, displacement, and globalization.

Dr. Jeffrey Behm

Dr. Jeffrey Behm

Professor Emeritus

Email: behm@uwosh.edu

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Education:
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dissertation title: Identification and Analysis of Stylistic Variation in Hardin Barbed Points
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Military Service:  USMC, 1968-1979 (Active Duty), 1970-1974 (Inactive Reserve)
Research Interests:
Prehistoric and Historic Native American Midwestern Archaeology, Preindustrial and Primitive Technology, Experimental and Replicative Archaeology, Lithic Analysis, Lithic Technology, Ethnohistory, Museology and Museum Exhibits, Archeochemistry
 
Archeological Field Experience:
US:  Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wyoming, Belize
 
Hired at UWO:  September, 1985
Retired from UWO:  June 2019
Gina M. Schiavone

Gina M. Schiavone

Academic Department Associate

Office: Swart 317
Phone: 920-424-4406
Email: schiavog@uwosh.edu

Interests: Playing piano, reading, traveling, Euro-style board games.