Anthropology

Dedicated teachers, recognized researchers. Our faculty share their diverse academic interests with their classrooms and the community, actively involving students in their research, collaborating with anthropologists around the world, writing blogs and supporting student-run journals.



 

Faculty

Katie Biittner

Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Honours Advisor, Anthropology
 

PhD (Alberta)

7-337, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3212

Dr. Biittner has almost 20 years of field experience in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Tanzania as a cultural resource management or consulting archaeologist and as a student and researcher. She joined MacEwan University in 2015. As the Anthropology Lab Instructor, her responsibilities include lab instruction and management, and student research and volunteer opportunity facilitation. She is a research collaborator with the Iringa Region Archaeological Project (IRAP) focusing on cultural heritage management and community-based archaeology. 

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Franca Boag

Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Discipline Advisor

PhD (Alberta), MA (Carleton), BA (Alberta)

7-367A, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3645

Dr. Boag is a social/cultural anthropologist whose general research interests are concerned with human-environment relationships, sustainable practice, local/traditional ecological knowledge, Mediterranean agro-pastoral ecosystems and the origins of farming, cultural landscapes, identity, locality and memory. Her current research explores changing cultural landscapes and the experience of place in rural central Italy where she runs an ethnographic field school for undergraduate students. Her continuing research in southern Italy focuses upon how the European Union’s Common Agricultural Program is influencing ancient cultural landscapes and local ecological knowledge. Dr. Boag teaches a variety of courses in social/cultural anthropology including methods and theory, and a core course on Ecological Perspectives in Anthropology.

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Jenanne Ferguson

Assistant Professor, Anthropology
 

PhD (Aberdeen)

7-360H, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-497-4523

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Jennifer Long

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

PhD (Western)

7-367F, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3540

Dr. Long has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology (Western, '11) with a specialization in Migration and Ethnic Relations. Her doctoral project used ethnographic methods to explore everyday belonging, national identities and Islamophobia in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. As a post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Long investigated first-hand experiences of settlement and integration programming and Canadian workplaces from the perspective of newcomers, immigrants and Canadian-born stakeholders in southwestern Ontario. Dr. Long disseminates her work to peers using scholarly publications, presentations at conferences and community reports. She is interested in integration and settlement, in national belonging, and in particular, on how these projects materialize in space and place.

Having left and returned to academia herself, Dr. Long recognizes the importance of experts with lived experience and acknowledges that there are various ways to learn new things. Dr. Long has worked as a customization planner for Proctor & Gamble, as a cleaner, a bartender and waitress, an ethnographer and qualitative research consultant, a project evaluation specialist, a camp counselor, and as a mail carrier and for Atomic Energy of Canada.

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Hugh McKenzie

Chair, Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science
Associate Professor, Anthropology

PhD (Alberta)

7-367D, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3435

Dr. McKenzie is a bioarchaeologist whose general research interests are concerned with the processes of culture change among prehistoric hunter-gatherers, skeletal evidence for past lifeways, hunter-gatherer social complexity and mortuary practices, and the archaeology of Siberia and Inner/Northeastern Asia. He is currently exploring various aspects of these topics in the context of three world areas: the Lake Baikal region of Siberia, Russia; the coastal Primorye region of the Russian Far East; and Hokkaido, Japan. He teaches a range of courses in both biological anthropology and archaeology, and he has run several archaeological field schools that take undergraduate students to Russia and Japan.

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Paul Prince

Associate Professor, Anthropology

PhD (McMaster), MA (Simon Fraser), B.Sc. (Trent)

7-368G, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3644

Paul Prince is an anthropological archaeologist with a background in the prehistory and history of the Eastern Woodland and Pacific Northwest areas of North America. He has participated in field projects over much of North America, but his primary focus is British Columbia. Paul is especially interested in the engagement of First Nations with various forms of colonialism; and the long-term record of economic adaptations, including the structure of fisheries and the intensive use of animal resources. Paul teaches introductory anthropology and advanced archaeology courses and enjoys engaging students in anthropological thinking and hands-on research.

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Katherine Sinclair

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

PhD (McGill)

On Leave

7-368D, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3287

Katherine Sinclai'rs research focuses on Inuit engagements with mining in Nunavut. How is work in the mining industry drawn on strategically to maintain community-based priorities of well-being? What are the implications of policies and strategies originating from government and industry to increase Inuit employment? What role do contemporary land claim agreements play in these processes? Methodologically she aims for a decolonizing approach, and she is based in political/economic anthropology.

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Treena Swanston

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Discipline Coordinator, Anthropology

PhD (Saskatchewan)

7-368C, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3977

Dr. Treena Swanston's interest in how human health issues are connected to both biological variation and cultural processes has been at the core of her research. Her past research involved the amplification and analysis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Helicobacter pylori DNA in tissues associated with the ancient Kwäday Dän Ts’ìnchi individual (‘Long Ago Person Found’), who was discovered in a melting glacier in British Columbia, on the traditional territory of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.

Currently, Dr. Swanston is part of a research team identifying biological evidence of trace element uptake in bone as a way of revealing social determinants of health. By using synchrotron light at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) and at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) in Chicago, IL, the team is mapping trace elements, including lead, mercury and strontium in archaeological bone recovered from individuals who were interred in the Royal Naval Hospital Cemetery (1793-1822) in Antigua, West Indies. The spatial mapping of trace elements within bone is a valuable method because the high specificity of this imaging technique can identify and separate the elements that were taken in during life from the elements that are present as a result of diagenesis.

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Cynthia Zutter

Professor, Anthropology

PhD (Alberta), MA (Alberta), BA (California, Santa Barbara)

7-368A, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-497-5868

Dr. Cynthia Zutter was appointed Vice-Provost at MacEwan University on January 1, 2016. She holds the rank of professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science. She was a collegiate student-athlete (swimming) and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in both anthropology and geography before earning her Master’s and Doctorate in anthropology from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Zutter has worked as an archaeologist throughout the North Atlantic region, examining past interactions and the interplay of humans in their environment. Her initial work in Iceland focused on how the original Norse settlers altered this fragile northern landscape. More recently, she has held multiple SSHRC research grants for her work on 17th and 18th century Inuit sites in Labrador. A key component of her work is the analysis of how Inuit used the limited available plants in the arctic region to supplement their diet and economy.

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Sessional instructors

Ashraf H. M. Ali

Sessional Instructor, Anthropology

PhD (Alberta)

7-360G, City Centre Campus
10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-497-5800 Ext. 6881

Leslie Dawson

Sessional Instructor, Anthropology

PhD (Alberta); MA (Alberta)

Paulina Johnson

Sessional Instructor, Anthropology

PhD (Western Ontario)

Francois Larose

Sessional Instructor, Anthropology

PhD (Alberta)

Alexis Martig

Sessional Instructor, Anthropology

PhD (Lyon 2)

Lisa Mutch

Sessional Instructor, Anthropology

MA (Alberta)


Administration and advising

Katie Biittner, Honours Advisor, Anthropology

Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Honours Advisor, Anthropology
 

PhD (Alberta)

7-337, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3212

Franca Boag, Discipline Advisor, Anthropology

Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Discipline Advisor

PhD (Alberta), MA (Carleton), BA (Alberta)

7-367A, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3645

Hugh McKenzie, Department Chair, Anthropology, Economics and Political Science

Chair, Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science
Associate Professor, Anthropology

PhD (Alberta)

7-367D, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3435

Shannon Reekie, Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant, Anthropology, Economics and Political Science

Administrative Assistant, Humanities

7-368, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3890