Anthropological Research at OSU

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Much of the research productivity in the Department of Anthropology derives from sustained, long-term research programs directed by individual faculty who collaborate with other faculty, both from Ohio State University and other institutions, nationally and internationally.  This collaborative approach to research is central to framing productivity as it relates to research grants, fieldwork, laboratory investigation, and publication.  The research programs reflect the central foci on ecology, evolution, foodways, migration and change, and health in the three subdisciplines, physical anthropology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology.

Research Productivity

Over the last decade, faculty in the Department of Anthropology at Ohio State have been awarded 60 grants from the National Science Foundation (44), National Geographic Society (7), and the Wenner-Gren Foundation (9) to support research in Anthropology.

Research awards to Department of Anthropology faculty over the past decade have included:

2006  Joy McCorriston (co-PI). Origins and Development of Tribal Social Identities and Territorial Behaviors in Ancient Southern Arabia.  National Science Foundation Award.

2006  Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg (PI). Investigating the effects of enamel growth variables on linear enamel hypoplasia in primates. National Science Foundation Award.

2006 Clark Larsen (co-PI) Health and Lifestyle at Çatalhöyük: Bioarchaeology of a Neolithic Settlement in the Konya Plain, Turkey. National Geographic Society Award.

2007 Jeffrey Cohen (PI) The role of crises in migration outcomes: rural Oaxacans and politics in Oaxaca City, Mexico. National Science Foundation Award # BCS-0706795.

2007 Douglas Crews (PI) Senescent Biology, Age-Related Disease and the Evolutionary Biodemography of Human Longevity. Funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

2008 Douglas Crews (PI) Biophysical Stress and Frailty Among Aging Japanese on Oshima Island. Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

2008 W. Scott McGraw (PI). Feeding Behavior and Food Material Properties Among Cercopithecid Monkeys in the Tai Forest, Ivory Coast. National Science Foundation Award # 0840110.

2008 Mark Moritz (PI). CAREER: Pastoral Management of Open Access: The Emergence of a Complex Adaptive System. National Science Foundation Award # BCS-0748594.

2009 W. Scott McGraw (co-PI). Functional and ecological correlates of bone material variation in cercopithecoid mandibles. National Science Foundation Award # BCS 0921770.

2009 Clark Larsen (co-PI). Children of the Neolithic: Growth, Development, and Adaptation at Çatalhöyük, Turkey. National Geographic Society Award.

2009 Richard Yerkes (co-PI). Early Village Social Dynamics: Prehistoric Settlement Nucleation on the Great Hungarian Plain. National Science Foundation Award # BCS-0911336.

2010 Dawn Kitchen (co-PI). Vocal & social behavior in Mexican hybrid black x mantled howler monkeys. National Science Foundation Award.

2010 Mark Moritz (co-PI). EEID: Livestock Movements and Disease Epidemiology in the Chad Basin:
Modeling Risks for Animals and Humans. National Science Foundation Award # DEB-1015908

2011 Robert Cook (PI) The Fort Ancient Regional Movement (FARM) Project.  National Science Foundation Award.

2011 Richard Yerkes (co-PI). ICRG: Early Village Social Dynamics: Prehistoric Settlement Nucleation On The Great Hungarian Plain. Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, International Collaborative Research Grant.

2011 Richard Yerkes (co-PI). IRES: Collaboration and Mentorship Between US, Hungarian, and Greek Researchers in the Origins and Development of Prehistoric European Villages. National Science Foundation OISE, International Research Experiences for Students.

2012 Anna Willow (PI) The Politics of Environmental Alliance: A Multi-sited Ethnography of the Boreal Leadership Council. Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

2012 Julie Field (co-PI). Investigating the Subsistence Transition in Post-Lapita Fiji (2500-1500 years BP).  National Science Foundation Award # BCS-1216330.

2014 Kristen Gremillion (co-PI). Tracking the Origins of an Adaptive Trait Syndrome with Ancient DNA.  National Science Foundation Award.

2014 Mark Hubbe (co-PI). Collaborative Research: The Emergence of Inequality in the Atacama Oases. National Science Foundation Award # 1359644.

2014 W. Scott McGraw (co-PI). Collaborative Research: Biomechanical significance of bone material variation in the primate locomotor skeleton. National Science Foundation Award BCS # 1440278.

2014 Clark Larsen (co-PI). Coming Together: Neolithic Village Life at Catalhoyuk, Turkey. National Geographic Society Award.

2014 Mark Moritz (co-PI). CEAH FY14 Modeling Project, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

2014 Mark Moritz (PI). CNH: Exploring social, ecological, and hydrological regime shifts in the
Logone Floodplain, Cameroon. National Science Foundation Award # BCS-1211986.

2015 Mark Moritz (co-PI). EAGER: Modeling Coupled Herd and Household Dynamics in Pastoral
Systems. National Science Foundation Award BCS-1546061.

2015 Barbara Piperata (PI). Tracking the Nutrition Transition in Rural Amazonia: a longitudinal and comparative approach. Fulbright Scholar Award.

2015 Robert Cook (co-PI) Tlaxcalla Archaeology Project: Homes, Terraces, and Government in the Late Postclassic. National Science Foundation Award.

2015 Mark Moritz (PI). RAPID: Studying the Effects of Disturbance in a Complex Socioecological
System. National Science Foundation Award # BCS-1600221.

2016 Joy McCorriston (PI) and Mark Moritz (co-PI). Pastoral Territoriality as a Dynamic Coupled System.  National Science Foundation Award.

2016 Anna Willow (PI). Contested Developments and Cumulative Effects: Understanding Diverse Responses to Energy Resource Development in British Columbia’s Peace River Region. Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

2016  Sean Downey (PI). CAREER: Analyzing the Emergence of a Complex Swidden Management System in the Toledo District, Belize  National Science Foundation Award (# BCS-1553875).


Research Programs

Department of Anthropology Faculty have also maintained numerous research programs with international, national, and university level funding.  These include:

  • Jeffrey McKee. Evolution of hominins of Makapansgat, South Africa.
  • Nicholas Kawa. Anthropogenic environments in the Amazon, Brazil.
  • Deanna Grimstead. Geochemistry of subsistence in the American Southwest, New Mexico.
  • Sam Stout. Histomorphological analysis of human health and disease, prehistoric and modern.

Over this same time period, Anthropology faculty published 251 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, and 18 books.  These include the following journals and publishers:

• American Journal of Physical Anthropology
• American Antiquity
• Current Anthropology
• Journal of Archaeological Science
• Aids and Behavior
• American Historical Review
• Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
• Journal of Forensic Sciences
• Earth Science Review
• Ecology Letters
• Evolutionary Anthropology
• Journal of Human Evolution
• Palaeoecology
• Nature
• Science
• Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
• Cambridge University Press
• University of Texas Press
• University of Alabama Press
• State University of New York Press
• University of Hawaii Press
• University of Utah Press
• Plenum Press

A Selection of Books Published by OSU Anthropology Faculty


Jeffrey Cohen

Conflict, Insecurity and Mobility (Cohen and Sirkeci)Migration and Remittances (Sirkeci and Cohen)Cooperation and Community (Cohen)Economic Development (Cohen and Dannhaeuser)The Culture of Migration in Southern Mexico (Cohen)Eating Soup without a Spoon (Cohen)

Robert Cook

Sunwatch (Cook)

Douglas Crews

Human Senescence (Crews)Biological Anthropology and Aging (Crews and Garruto)

Julie Field

Abundance and Resilience (Field)

Kristen Gremillion

Ancestral Appetites (Gremillion)People, Plants, and Landscapes (Gremillion)

Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg

What Teeth Reveal about Human Evolution (Guatelli-Steinberg)

Nicholas Kawa

Amazonia in the Anthropocene

Clark Larsen

Our Origins (Larsen)Essentials of Physical Anthropology (Larsen)Bioarchaeology (Larsen)Bioarchaeology of Spanish Florida (Larsen)Human Origins (Larsen and Matter)Skeletons in Our Closet (Larsen)In the Wake of Contact (Larsen and Milner)Bioarchaeology of the Human Head (Bonogofsky and Larsen)

Joy McCorriston

Pilgrimage and Household in the Ancient Near East (McCorriston)

W. Scott McGraw

Monkeys of the Tai Forest (McGraw and Zuberbuhler)

Jeffrey McKee

Understanding Human Evolution (McKee, Poirier, McGraw)Sparing Nature (McKee)The Riddled Chain (McKee)

Sam Stout

Bone Histology (Crowder and Stout)Bone Loss and Osteoporosis (Agarwal and Stout)

Anna Willow

Strong Hearts, Native Lands (Willow)The Mushgigamongsebe District (Willow)

Richard Yerkes

Prehistoric Life on the Mississippi Floodplain (Yerkes)Written in Stone (Kardulias and Yerkes