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.

I. Randolph Daniel, Jr. - 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 

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

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

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

Cynthia A. Grace-McCaskey

(PhD, University of South Florida, 2012)
Office: 211 Flanagan Building
Telephone: (252) 328-9443
Website: Personal ECU Page
Interests: Political ecology, marine resource management, traditional ecological knowledge, social-ecological systems, and cooperative resource management and institutions.

David Griffith

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

Interests: Economic Anthropology, Labor Studies, Migration, Caribbean

Loudon in Bali
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 - Department Director of Graduate Studies

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

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

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 (Emeritus)

(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

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Gain valuable experience while earning school credit! There are numerous anthropology internship opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students. Students can attain school credit through two undergraduate internship courses, ANTH 4990 and 4991. To see all the possibilities and learn more, click here.

 Dr, Bailey's article, "A New Online Strategy in Teaching Racial and Ethnic Health and Health Disparities to Public Health Professionals" was accepted by the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. It will appear in the 2016 issue of the Journal.

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

East Carolina ranks number one for the second consecutive year as the provider of graduate degrees for the Register of Professional Archaeologists registrants! Read more here

 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!