Department of Anthropology Faculty

ECU's faculty covers a wide spectrum of specialization ranging from studies in Eastern North Carolina focusing on archaeology, medical, and migration studies of the area to broader global studies involving applied anthropology, cultural anthropology, the anthropology of religion, gender, economic anthropology, Middle East studies, primate behavior, and human evolution.

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I. Randolph Daniel, Jr. - Interim Chair

(PhD, Chapel Hill, 1994)
Office: 271 Flanagan Building
Telephone: 252-328-9455
Website: Personal ECU Page

Interests: Chipped stone technologies, Cultural adaptations of Late Pleistocene-Early Holocene hunter-gatherers in the Southeast, Public Archaeology

Christine B. Avenarius - Department Director of Graduate Studies

(PhD, Cologne, 2003)
Office: 213 Flanagan Building
Telephone: 252-328-9446
Website: Personal ECU Page
Research: Perceptions of Environmental and Economic Change

Visit the ECU Graduate School page for applications to the Anthropology graduate program.

Interests: Social Networks, Cognition, Legal Anthropology, Economic Anthropology, Immigration, Ethnicity, Language and Culture, East Asia, China

Charles R. Ewen, Director - Phelps Archaeology Laboratory

(PhD, Florida, 1987)
Office: 267 Flanagan Building
Telephone: 252-328-9454
Website: Personal ECU Page

Interests: Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Archaeological methods and theory, Public Archaeology, Southeastern North America and Caribbean

Eric J. Bailey

(PhD, Wayne State University, 1988, MPH, Emory University, 1996)
Office: 209 Flanagan Buildling
Telephone: (252) 328-9448
Website: Personal ECU Page

Interests: Applied Medical Anthropology, Public Health, Ethnic Health and Health Disparities, African American Culture, Global Health, and Culturally Competent Health Care Strategies

Joint Appointment with Department of Public Health

Tony Boudreaux

(PhD, UNC Chapel Hill, 2005)
Office: 287 Flanagan Building
Telephone: 252-328-9462
Website: Personal ECU Page

Interests: Ceramic analysis, Complex Societies, Political Organization, the Archaeology of Settlements and Households, Late Prehistoric through Contact-period Native American Societies of Southeastern North America

B. Blakely Brooks

(PhD, University of Alabama)
Office: 223 Flanagan Building
Telephone: 252-328-9433
Website: Personal ECU Page

Interests: Applied Medical Anthropology, Cognitive Anthropological Theory and Methods, Social Stress, Peruvian Andean Culture, Cultural Syndromes, Andean Farming Practices

Robert L. Bunger

(PhD, Northwestern, 1972)
Office: 219 Flanagan Building
Telephone: 252-328-9435

Interests: Cultural/social Anthropology, Anthropology of Religion, Africa, Oceania, Buddhism

Luci Marie Fernandes

(PhD, U. of Connecticut, 2004)
Office: 285 Flanagan Building
Phone: 252-737-1072
Website: Personal ECU Page

Interests: Cuban Daily Life: Resource Distribution and Social Networks, Ethnomusicology, Visual Anthropology, Intercultural Competence

Susanne Grieve-Director of Conservation

(MA, University College London, 2005)
Office: 217 Flanagan Building
Phone: 252-328-4407
Website: Personal ECU Page

Interests: Cultural Heritage Preservation, Material Culture, Organic Residues, Maritime Materials

David Griffith

(PhD, Florida, 1983)
Office: 250 Flanagan Building
Telephone: 252-328-1748
Website: Personal ECU Page

Interests: Economic Anthropology, Labor Studies, Migration, Caribbean

James E. Loudon

(PhD, University of Colorado, 2009)
Office: 211 Flanagan Building
Telephone: 252-737-1263
Website: Personal ECU Page

Interests: Primate Feeding Ecology, Stable Isotope Ecology, Ethnoprimatology, Parasitology

Heidi M. Luchsinger

(PhD, Texas A&M University, 2006)
Office: 215 Flanagan Building
Telephone: (252) 328-9445
Website: Personal ECU Page

Interests: New World prehistoric archaeology, South America, landscape archaeology, geoarchaeology, paleoenvironmental reconstructions, and settlement patterns

Holly F. Mathews

(PhD, Duke, 1982)
Office: 217 Flanagan Building
Telephone: 252-328-9452
Website: Personal ECU Page

Interests: Psychological Anthropology, Gender Roles, Medical Anthropology, Latin America, Southeast United States

Laura Mazow

(PhD, University of Arizona, 2005)
Office: 225 Flanagan Building
Telephone: (252) 328-9432
Website: Personal ECU Page

Interests: Archaeology of the Middle East, archaeology and the Bible, ancient technologies

Megan Perry

(PhD, New Mexico, 2002)
Office: 221 Flanagan Building
Telephone: 252-328-9434
Website: Personal ECU Page

Interests: Biological Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, Forensic Anthropology, Near East

Benjamin A. Saidel

(PhD, Harvard University, 1998)
Office: 283 Flanagan Building
Telephone: (252) 737-1074
Website: Personal ECU Page

Interests: Ethnoarchaeology, Middle Eastern/Near Eastern Archaeology, Pastoral Populations, Archaeological and Ethnoarchaeological Research on Bedouin Populations

Linda D. Wolfe

(PhD, Oregon, 1976)
Office: 224 Flanagan Building
Telephone: 252-328-9453

Interests: Physical Anthropology, Primate Behavior, Human Evolution, Women's Studies

Donna Evans
Administrative Support Associate

Office: 230 Flanagan Building
Telephone: 252-328-9431

Department News

Excavations in the Western Negev Highlands: Results of the Negev Emergency Survey 1978-89  by Dr. Benjamin Saidel and co-author M. Haimon was published December 2014 by British Archaeological Reports. See here for more.


Haley Drabek translated the Tyrrell Water Management Study finalized in 2014 into 9 separate brochures, one for each proposed water management district. She spent six weeks visiting property owners in each district to explain the benefits of participating in the localized water management district and asking for signatures of intent to join.

Anna Claire researched existing oral history booklets at the Tyrrell Visitor Center and then interviewed elderly Tyrrell County residents who grew up in the county. She taped these interviews for safe keeping at the Visitor Center and is currently writing narrative reports of the collected information, one for each conversation partner. These reports will be bound and held at the Tyrrell County Visitor Center for interested readers. Anna Claire has also been involved with a group of children in the county with a diverse ethnic background. Under Anna Claire's direction the children are currently writing a newsletter that will report on the children's experiences of growing up in Tyrrell County, exploring their favorite places, activities, and hopes for their future.  

 Click here to see Anthropology's latest Newsletter

 Dr. Holly Mathews and Dr. Laura Mazow were recognized for their outstanding teaching methods by students during the Spring 2015 semester from the College STAR.

Student response for Dr. Mathews:

"She gives feedback and forces her students to expand their mind and explore alternate theories or explanations. She wants her students to discuss topics in class instead of just listening to her talk the entire time."

Student response for Dr. Mazow:

"We have a small class which allows many opportunities for a lot of class discussion...She always provides feedback and answers to our journal entries and is always available when we need help." 

Congratulations to them both!

This summer two undergraduate anthropology students at East Carolina University, Tyler Beasley and Anna Lawrence, worked as interns for the Hyde County Office of Planning and Economic Development through the State Employees' Credit Union Foundation public service internship program. Both interns worked on research projects aimed at improving economic development by better understanding the needs of the local business community.


Marina Clough, also an undergraduate anthropology student at East Carolina University, completed an internship at Wanchese Industrial Park and provided an overview of webpages and print media that write or advertise about sailing related events, helped plan the Regatta of Sail NC and conducted 40 interviews with participants.

Dr. Charles Ewen interviewed for the New York Times. Is it the Roanoke Island Colony? Read more to find out!