(PhD, University of Colorado, 2009)
Office: 211 Flanagan Building
I am holistically trained anthropologist who focuses on
the behavioral ecology of nonhuman primates. I have several research foci
including stable isotope ecology, nutritional ecology, primate parasitology,
and ethnoprimatology. My
ethnoprimatological work focuses on the interconnections between humans and
long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) in Ubud, Bali,
Indonesia. The population of macaques I study
inhabit a sacred monkey forest that surrounds a Hindu temple complex that is
approximately ~700 years old. As a result,
the local people have been in close contact with the macaques at this site for
several centuries. Today the Ubud Monkey
Forest Sanctuary is a popular tourist destination allowing for unique studies
that examine how the macaques at the site interact with tourists and the local
Balinese people they live among. This
work also examines how macaques adapt to the pressures of living in large, complex
nonhuman primate societies while inhabiting urban areas. There are a number of research questions to
pursue at the site and I am the co-director of the Balinese Ethnoprimatology
Field Project. Each year I take
undergraduate and graduate students to the field site and teach them how to
collect primatological and ethnographic data. This field school is coordinated
through ECU’s Study Abroad Office. For
those interested in the field school click here for the Study Abroad Office:
For further information about the Ubud Sacred Monkey
Forest Sanctuary, the macaques at the site, and the program click the following
When I am not teaching or chasing
nonhuman primates, I live a fast paced life in an anthropology household. My
wife, Michaela Howells is an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department
at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Her research examines how
psychological and social stress affects the health of pregnant mothers and their
infants in American Samoa. Michaela and I are the proud parents of a brilliant mini
Australian Shepard Mix named Uli (to be clear, Uli is not an anthropologist)
who is more affectionately known as “Pants France.” Uli likes to swim in the
Atlantic Ocean, chase squirrels, and eat meat.
There are a few GA positions available next year looking at enviro anth and climate change issues. If you are interested as an incoming grad student, See for more information.
Dr. Ewen will be the featured speaker at the HCAS reception. See flyer for details
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.
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!