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Congratulations to our Fall 2019 Doctoral Graduates!  Daniel Shattuck, Jennie Sturm, Caroline Gabe, and Amy Thompson

Dr Les Field Chair of UNM Anthropology gets NSF
Anthropology News and Events

Apply for this position through UNM Jobs by November 4, 2019 for Best Consideration

Dr. Lawrence Straus, Leslie Spier Professor Emeritus, was honored in a Festschrift recently published by Quaternary International. The large-format volume includes 14 research articles by former students and colleagues of Dr. Straus from the US, Portugal, Spain, Japan, Germany, Belgium, and UK. 

Smith Family Totem Pole (Tlowitsis Nation)

Smith Family Totem Pole (Tlowitsis Nation) at UNM: Towards Stewardship and Collaboration in the 21st Century

Linking Early Holocene Human DNA in Belize to Earliest Populations in North and South America

Professor Keith Prufer contributed to a large international collaboration linking Early Holocene human DNA in Belize to earliest populations in North and South America. Since 2014 Dr. Prufer has been conducting excavations in remote rocksheters in the Bladen Nature Reserve in Belize seeking clues about the first humans to live in the American tropics.  The article Reconstructing the Deep Population History of Central and South America was Published Nov. 8th 2018 in the journal Cell.

UNM Anthropology

UNM Anthropology is a highly regarded program at both graduate and undergraduate levels of study. Located in the American Southwest, the school is well placed to take advantage of the region’s cultural diversity, deep historic roots, and remarkable archaeology. The Department’s faculty work here, throughout the Americas and in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of field training and laboratory programs, develop their professional skills, and contribute to Anthropology’s distinctive perspective.


UNM Department of Anthropology Assistant Professor and Curator of Archaeology, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Requisition 10618

The UNM Department of Anthropology and the UNM Maxwell Museum of Anthropology invite applications for a probationary tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Archaeology. The successful candidate will maintain a strong field- and collections-based research program involving students. The candidate’s 50% Departmental duties include teaching two formal courses per year in the Department of Anthropology, supervising graduate students, and participating in Department service and governance. The candidate’s 50% Museum duties also include overseeing the curation and continued development of the archaeology collections and participating in Museum public programs, exhibit development and service.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in anthropology, archaeology, or related field by the start date for the position;
  • Demonstrated expertise in the archaeology and material culture of the Native American US Southwest and/or Northern Mexico borderlands;
  • Evidence of museum background and experience including one or more of the following: collection development and curation, exhibition development, knowledge and experience with Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated research excellence as reflected in one or more of the following: active and ongoing field or collections-based research, peer reviewed publications, external research funding;
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following: Indigenous archaeology, cultural heritage theory and practice, historic preservation;
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the Public Archaeology Program;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the contributions of university anthropology museums to research, teaching, and community engagement;
  • Experience and commitment to teaching excellence at graduate and undergraduate levels;
  • Experience with and demonstrated commitment to public engagement and community-based scholarship, including but not limited to a record of collaborating with Native communities;
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

For best consideration, application materials must be received by November 4, 2019. The position will remain open until filled. A complete application consists of a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, names and contact information of three references, and four two-page statements addressing your past, present and future plans and priorities concerning: (1) research, (2) teaching, (3) curation and the role of an anthropology museum in a research-oriented university, and (4) diversity and inclusion. For complete requirements and to submit application materials, see Assistant Professor & Archaeology Curator at  UNM Jobs. (Requisition 10618) Questions related to this posting may be directed to committee chair, Carla Sinopoli (

UNM is both a research intensive university (Carnegie R1) and a minority-majority institution. It is located in Albuquerque, a city with a rich heritage in a culturally diverse, scenic landscape. The Department of Anthropology is family-friendly and comprises 25 tenure-track faculty members, ~150 undergraduate majors, a thriving graduate training program offering PhDs in Anthropology and MA degrees in Public Archaeology, and vibrant extramurally funded research programs.

The Maxwell Museum holds collections of approximately 3 million objects derived from nearly a century of anthropological research in New Mexico and beyond. The collections are divided into three collecting divisions, each supported by a full-time collection manager. The museum maintains an active program of exhibitions, public programs, and educational activities and is committed to the use of its resources for public and community engagement and creating research and educational opportunities for UNM students.

UNM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.