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2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Anthropology, Thesis, MA

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Faculty

Baloy, Natalie, PhD, settler colonialism and decolonization, white supremacy and antiracism, place-based pedagogies, ethics and research, borderlands, anthropology of North America, Salish Sea, Northwest Coast.  
Brasil, Marianne, PhD, human origins, primate evolution, paleoanthropology, skeletal biology, human biological variation, digital paleontology.
Bruna, Sean, PhD, mixed method research, applied anthropology, medical anthropology, health policy, community-based participatory research (CBPR). 
Ek Romero, Jerald, PhD, Political economy, human-environmental interactions, sustainability and resilience science, community-based participatory archaeology, indigenous-led archaeology, preindustrial urbanism, GIS applications, remote sensing, settlement survey, household archaeology, ceramic analysis, lithic analysis.
Fisher, Jae, PhD, economics/environmental anthropology, critical development studies, feminist political economy, postcolonial theories/methods; Latin America, Nicaragua.
Koetje, Todd A., PhD, archaeology, quantitative methods, spatial studies, method and theory, paleolithic Old World, paleoindian-archaic Northeast U.S.
Mihai, Mariangela, PhD, Indigenous borderlands, Transnational feminist, Indigenous, and LGBTQIA+ activism; Experimental feminist filmmaking, Multimodal ethnography, non-Postcolonial Indigenous epistemics/care practices, South/east Asian refugees/diasporas, Ethnic and religious minorities, Civil societies, citizenships, nationalisms.
Monson, Tesla, PhD, primate fossil record, skeletal and dental variation, life history, reproductive ecology, human evolution, Africa.
Pine, Judith, PhD, linguistic anthropology, literacy theory, indigenousness, globalization/borders, language maintenance/endangerment, upland peoples of SE Asia/SW China.
Weitz, Andrew, PhD, human-environmental interactions, climate change, ecology and evolution, forest ecophysiology, ecosystem services, stable isotope biogeochemistry.
Young, Kathleen, PhD, gender, religion, war and violence, death and dying, cross-cultural law.
Yu, Yeon Jung, PhD, social networks, medical anthropology, gender, migration/immigration, mixed methods, East Asia.

Director of Graduate Studies: Dr. Tesla Monson, Arntzen Hall 320, 360-650-4787, monsont2@wwu.edu


  • Provide structured training in academic core, appropriate specialization courses, and experience conducting independent research
  • Prepare students for a variety of professional careers utilizing anthropology (e.g. social services, international corporations, cultural resource management, forensics, public health)
  • Prepare students for PhD programs or other advanced degrees.


Undergraduate major in anthropology or related field such as human biology, linguistics, public health, classical studies, history, women’s studies, sociology and other social sciences. Applicants with insufficient background in theory, quantitative or qualitative methods relevant to their field of study may be required to take undergraduate classes before entering the program. Applicants are directed to the current course requirements in the appropriate undergraduate anthropology major for an indication of the preparation expected.

Application Information

Deadline: Please see Graduate School deadlines. Preferred consideration for admission will be given to applicants who have complete files by February 1.

TA Deadline: Preferred consideration will be given to applicants who have complete files by February 1.

Program Requirements (45 credits)

Course Electives:

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