I study the ecological information contained in natural accumulations of bones (death assemblages). Through a multidisciplinary approach that brings together ecology, wildlife management, conservation biology, paleobiology, and GIS, my research explores the ecological data contained in bone accumulations from the modern, sub-fossil, and fossil realms. Using fieldwork, quantitative analyses, and statistical modeling, I am refining our understanding of the biological data that is contained in bone accumulations and providing new tools for recovering those data from recent, historical, and fossil accumulations.
Faculty & Staff
Susan E Allen
Department Head, NAGPRA Director, A&S Anthropology
458 Braunstein Hall
Affiliate Faculty, Environmental Studies
Affiliate Faculty, European Studies
Dr. Allen's current research collaborations investigate the role of agriculture and climate change in the emergence of social inequality in the Aegean (Greece) and Balkans (Albania, Croatia), the transition to agriculture in southern Europe, and the historical and political ecology of Mediterranean wetlands. As part of her research projects on these themes, she also works with archaeobotanical materials to interrogate formation processes that affect assemblage composition and interpretive potential.
As Co-Director (with Ilir Gjipali, Institute of Archaeology, Tirana) of the Southern Albania Neolithic Archaeological Project (SANAP), she is working toward publication of an edited monograph on their results from surface survey, coring, and excavation at the Early Neolithic site of Vashtëmi and survey and / or coring at several other Early Neolithic sites in the region.
In cooperation with China Shelton (ACOR), she conducts archeobotanical recovery and analysis for the Iklaina Archaeological Project, directed by Michael Cosmopoulos (UMSL), focused on excavation of the Mycenaean site of Iklaina in southwestern Greece.
In the lab, she has been collaborating with graduate student Martha Wendel (MA 2019) to complete analysis and publication of seed and charcoal remains from two sites in northern Albania excavated as part of the Projekti Arkeologjik i Shkodrës (PASH), directed by Michael Galaty (U. Michigan).
She was recently awarded funding from the University Research Council to facilitate her collaboration with the Cetina Valley Survey (CeVaS), directed by Helena Tomas (U. Zagreb). Her sub-project within CeVaS focuses on documentation of human-environment landscape dynamics in the valley.
Dr. Allen encourages potential graduate students, particularly those with interest in palaeoethnobotany, archaeobotany, ethnobotany, or environmental archaeology, to reach out to her directly.
Brooke E Crowley
Professor, Geology Graduate Director, Stable Isotope Ecology, Quaternary Paleoecology, A&S Geology
503 Geology-Physics Building
Diego F. Cuadros
Assistant Professor, A&S Geography
401C Braunstein Hall
Steve P Depoe
146 McMicken Hall
Professor, Organic and Isotope Geochemistry, A&S Geology
610 Geology-Physics Building
Professor, A&S English
214B McMicken Hall
Research Assistant Professor, A&S Biological Sciences
422 QA Rieveschl Hall
Laura D. Jenkins
Professor and Graduate Director, Political Science, Faculty Affiliate WGSS and Asian Studies , A&S Political Science
1114 Crosley Tower
Her book Religious Freedom and Mass Conversion in India (Penn Press 2019) won the Hubert Morken Best Book Prize from the Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). A study of mass conversions to Christianity, Buddhism, and Judaism and ongoing efforts to prevent conversions, Jenkins reveals how "religious freedom" arguments and laws have actually undermined the religious freedom of women, lower castes, and religious minorities.
Jenkins' book Identity and Identification in India: Defining the Disadvantaged (Routledge, 2003, 2009) examines competing demands for affirmative action on the basis of caste, religion, class, and gender and the ways the government identifies recipients through the courts, census, and official certificates. Her research as a Fulbright New Century Scholar in South Africa and India resulted in Affirmative Action Matters: Creating Opportunities for Students Around the World, co-edited with Michele S. Moses (Routledge 2014).
In her articles, she analyzes religious freedom and conversion, competing minorities’ claims for affirmative action, colonial and contemporary government anthropology, the role of social science in anti-discrimination law, reserved legislative seats for women, and the role of culture and the arts in sustainable development.
Jenkins' book chapters examine anti-Muslim political communication in the US and India, religious family laws, mass religious conversion as protest, comparative affirmative action, minority rights, historically Dalit colleges, anxious secularism, women and development, regulation of religion, and methodological diversity in political science.
In addition to two Fulbrights, Dr. Jenkins has received fellowships from the Dartmouth Humanities Center and the United States Institute of Peace.
Religious Freedom and Mass Conversion in India. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019.
Hubert Morken Best Book Award
APSA Religion and Politics Section
Affirmative action matters: Creating opportunities for students around the world. (with Michele S. Moses). New York: Routledge, 2014.
Identity and Identification in India: Defining the Disadvantaged. London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon 2003, reissued in paperback by Routledge 2009.
Lucinda P Lawson
Research Assistant Professor, A&S Biological Sciences
820F Rieveschl Hall
I teach in the introductory Environmental Science course series (EVST 1012) where we tackle the environmental challenges of our times.
Eduardo Joseph Martinez
Assistant Professor, A&S Philosophy
Eric F. Maurer
Assistant Professor Educator
Jack Michael Mewhirter
Assistant Professor, A&S Political Science
His published and ongoing research focuses on two, distinct topics. His main area of research focuses on the study of complex governance systems (generally in the context of water governance): governance structures where decision making authority is delegated to multiple organizations that (often) collectively make policy decisions across a set of interdependent decision making venues (or “forums”). His research in this area generally attempts to answer two, related questions: 1) How do organizations build political influence across the system to better influence the forums in which they participate? 2) How does forum interdependence affect the policy decisions made in the related forums?
His second area of interest focuses on the evaluation of current policies of pressing public importance. Here, he utilizes a variety of quantitative techniques to assess the causal impact of public policies and tease out whether and to what extent they can be considered effective.
Autumn Leigh Miller
Associate Professor Educator, A&S Communication
146A McMicken Hall
Associate Professor , A&S Anthropology
4th Braunstein Hall
Theoretical interests: Environmental anthropology, economic anthropology, political ecology, and science and technology studies
Topical interests: Economic development, environmental governance and planning, pastoralism, risk and uncertainty, climate change, applied anthropology
Regional Interests: Mongolia, Inner Asia, and western USA
(See website for more info: capeuc.wordpress.com)
Murphy, Daniel. (2018) “Disaster, Mobility and the Moral Economy of Exchange in Mongolia”. Nomadic Peoples 22(2): 304-329.
Murphy, Daniel. (2018) “We’re living from loan to loan’: Pastoral Vulnerability and the Cashmere Debt-Cycle in Mongolia”. Research in Economic Anthropology 39: (7-30).
Murphy, Daniel (2015) “From Kin to Contract: Labor, Work, and the Production of Authority in Mongolia”. Journal of Peasant Studies 42(2): 397-424.
Murphy, Daniel (2014) “Ecology of Rule: Governance, Territorial Authority, and the Environment in Rural Mongolia,” Anthropological Quarterly 87(3): 759-792.
Murphy, Daniel (2014) “Booms and Busts: Asset Dynamics, ‘Natural’ Disaster, and the Politics of Excess in Rural Mongolia.” Economic Anthropology 1(1): 104-123.
Daniel J. Murphy, Laurie Yung, Daniel R. Williams, Carina Wyborn, and Courtney Schultz (under review) “Understanding Perceptions of Climate Change Scenario Planning in US Resource Management Agencies”
Daniel J. Murphy and Daniel R. Williams (2021). “Climate change adaptation and the challenge of collaborative place-making”. Changing Senses of Place: Navigating Global Challenges. Christopher Raymond et al, eds. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.
Daniel J. Murphy, Laurie Yung, Daniel R Williams, and Carina Wyborn. (2017) “Rethinking climate change adaptation and place through a situated pathways framework: A case study from the Big Hole Valley, USA.” Landscape and Urban Planning 167: 441-450.
Daniel J. Murphy, Carina Wyborn, Laurie Yung, Cory Cleveland, Lisa Eby, Solomon Dobrowski, and Daniel R. Williams. (2016) “Engaging Future Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Using Landscape-scale Iterative Scenario-Building”. Human Organization 75(1): 33-47.
Carina Wyborn, Laurie Yung, Daniel Murphy, and Daniel R. Williams. (2015) “Situating Adaptation: How Governance Challenges and Perceptions of Uncertainty Influence Adaptation in the Rocky Mountains”. Regional Environmental Change 15: 669-682.
Associate Professor, A&S Communication
120A McMicken Hall
Robert A Skipper
History and Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science, A&S Philosophy
261C McMicken Hall
Skipper's main research focuses on the origins and development of evolutionary genetics. In particular, he works on problems about the structure of biological controversies, theory change, theory/model assessment, theory/model structure/interpretation, evolutionary dynamics, biological explanation, and epistemology of biological experiments.
In addition, Skipper has interests in environmental philosophy, philosophy of food, obesity science, medicine and criminal law, and the origins and nature of cruelty.
David S Stradling
Zane L. Miller Professor of Urban History, A&S History
David is the author of several books, including The Nature of New York: An Environmental History of the Empire State (Cornell University Press, 2010), Making Mountains: New York City and the Catskills (University of Washington Press, 2007), Smokestacks and Progressives: Environmentalists, Engineers and Air Quality in America, 1881-1951 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), and, with Richard Stradling, Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland (Cornell University Press, 2015). He has just begun work on a global history of dredging.
David earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996, after having earned a BA and MAT from Colgate University. Living in Clifton, he raised two daughters with his partner Jodie, and he commutes to campus on foot through Burnet Woods.
Associate Professor, A&S Chemistry
Yujie Sun (孙宇杰) received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Fudan University in 2005. He then pursued graduate studies in inorganic photochemistry with Prof. Claudia Turro at The Ohio State University and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2010. Subsequently, he joined the group of Prof. Christopher J. Chang at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a postdoctoral scholar, working on renewable energy catalysis. Yujie started his independent career as an assistant professor at Utah State University in 2013 and moved to the University of Cincinnati as an associate professor in 2018. His group is interested in developing and understanding inexpensive materials and complexes for energy catalysis and biomedical applications.
Eric J Tepe
Curator of the Herbarium , A&S Biological Sciences
703B Rieveschl Hall
Plant systematics, including taxonomy, phylogenetics, biogeography, and diversification of “giant genera” – those with over 1000 species – including Piper (Piperaceae) and Solanum (Solanaceae). Evolution of ant-plant associations. Visit my webpage for more details. Click here for the CINC herbarium webpage.
Susanna T.Y. Tong
Professor, Director of Environmental Studies Program, Director of 2+2 Program in Geography, A&S Geography and Environmental Studies, A&S Geography
400D Braunstein Hall
Associate Professor, Environmental Science, A&S Geology
605 Geology-Physics Building
Educator Professor, A&S Journalism
13B McMicken Hall
Jenny Wohlfarth has been a magazine journalist since 1993 and has taught at UC since 2000; she currently serves as the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies and Magazine Track Coordinator. She is the faculty adviser for UC's online student magazine, Verge, and the UC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Before coming to UC full-time, Jenny worked for numerous award-winning national magazines; she is a former executive editor of I.D. (International Design) Magazine and a former managing editor of HOW Magazine. She has published articles in a wide variety of national consumer and trade magazines, covering art, architecture, animals/agriculture, business, conservation/environment, design, travel and urban/social issues. She is a contributing editor at Cincinnati Magazine and continues to write for several national magazines. She has co-presented at numerous teaching conferences, including the Lilly International Conference on College Teaching and the International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference, and has been honored with teaching and writing awards, including the 2012 David Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award, a national award given by the Society of Professional Journalists. She has served as a juror for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards for Excellence in Journalism sponsored by SPJ and several national magazine journalism and graphic-design competitions, including contests managed by Writer’s Digest, HOW Magazine, The Thoroughbred Times and The American Horse Publications. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Assistant Professor, A&S Geology
520 Geology-Physics Building
Jeffrey L Brewer
Assistant Professor - Adjunct Ann, A&S Geography Adjuncts
409 Braunstein Hall
I have worked primarily in Belize, Mexico, and the Ohio Valley in both academic and private sectors (Cultural Resources Management).
My recent dissertation research at the ancient Maya site of Yaxnohcah (Campeche, Mexico) was highlighted in UC's 2015 Annual Report:
Roberta Marilyn Campbell
Daniel Emmett Hart
Teri A. Jacobs
Asst Professor/ Adj Ann/ Director of EVST Undergraduate Studies/ A&S Geography & Environmental Studies, A&S Geography Adjuncts
401G Braunstein Hall
Carolyn Kelley Patterson
Instructor - Adjunct, A&S English & Comparative Lit Adjuncts
Sarah Janette Sturmer
Instructor - Adjunct Ann, A&S Environmental Studies
Anne Marie Rohlfer
Asst Dir Academic Student Advising, CEAS - Advising
606G Old Chemistry Building
Anne first joined the University of Cincinnati advising community in Janaury 2018 as a Senior Academic Advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences. Academic Advisor in January 2018. Before that she held positions in international student advising, as a college success coach and teaching within higher education. She enjoys working with students from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Her focus as an advisor is to help students achieve their goals and develop as a whole person.