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Anthropology Department Faculty, UW Oshkosh


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Behm, Jeffrey Harrington 303B (920)424-1365
Brown, Pete Swart 317A (920) 424-7070
Karsten, Jordan Swart 320 (920) 424-7307
May de Montigny, Stephanie Swart 313 (920) 424-7495
Spehar, Stephanie Swart 312 (920) 424-7073 On Sabbatical Until Fall 2015
Johnson, James  Halsey 228 Adjunct Instructor for Fall 2014 
Weston, Patrick  Swart 314  920-424-7434  Adjunct Instructor for Fall 2014

Dr. Jeffrey Behm

behmJeff Behm, Ph.D., Archaeologist
Associate Professor
Office: Harrington 303B
Phone: (920) 424-1365
Education:  Ph.D., Anthropology, WU Madison, 1985; B.A. and M.A., UW Oshkosh, 1979.

Office hours: MW: 8:00-9:00 a.m.; F: 8:00-9:00 a.m., 2:00-4:00 p.m.
 Dr.Behm's interests include Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene hunter-gatherers, lithic technology, ceramic technology, archaeology of Historic Native Americans, experimental archaeology, and archaeometry.  He has maintained an active program of field and laboratory research that involves undergraduates at many levels.  In addition to his ongoing field work in Wisconsin, Dr. Behm has also participated in field research in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Wyoming, and Belize.

Salvage excavations of a large village a short distance west of Oshkosh that began in 1990 led to a major shift in research interests.  His initial interest on the Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene hunter-gatherers in the Midwest has shifted to the effect of the Historic Fur Trade on Native Americans.  This has resulted in a long-term relationship with the Meskwaki (Fox Indians) who once lived in east-central Wisconsin, but now live near Tama, Iowa.  Analysis of materials from this and other contemporary sites continues.  Materials from these projects have been used by graduate students at several other universities.

Dr. Behm's current research also includes a collaboration with Alaskan archaeologists and colleagues in chemistry focused on the experimental replication and chemical analysis of 14,000 year old hearths from a site in central Alaska.
Dr. Behm teaches courses on North American archaeology, Wisconsin archaeology, the manufacture and use of preindustrial technologies, experimental archaeology, archaeological field work, archaeological analysis, and fantastic (unorthodox) archaeology.


 Dr. Pete Brown, Chair

brownPete Brown, Ph.D., Chair
Associate Professor
Office: Swart 317A
Phone: (920)-424-7070
Education:  Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1993; B.A. & M.A., Idaho State University

Office hours:  T, R: 9:40-11:00 a.m. and by appointment.
Dr. Pete Brown is a cultural anthropologist. His interests include globalization, inequality, identity, history, activism, and social movements. Most of his research has been conducted in southern Mexico, in the state of Chiapas, though he has traveled (and in some cases taken students) to Peru, Guatemala, Belize, and Cameroon (West Africa). 

For an introduction to his research see Dr. Pete Brown's web page at the following link:

Dr. Brown’s current research focuses on changes to the municipio (equivalent to a US county) of Pantelho where the forces of globalization and the consequences of the Zapatista Rebellion have wrought dramatic changes to the lives of the people. In a recent work Brown wrote:
“Emigration, robberies, assaults, drugs, prostitution, rape, and murder—Pantelho has it all now. These are the things people talk about, worry about, these days. Vices that did not exist before ravage the young and divide the community. Young men in the United States, marijuana in the schools, prostitutes in the park; these things were unheard of before. ‘Petul,’ I was told on a recent visit, ‘things are just not like they used to be.’… What happened? The answer is relatively simple, yet embedded in a chain of changes and their consequences...

Dr. Brown teaches courses on Latin America, Africa, Globalization, Economy, Language, and Anthropological Theory.


Dr. Jordan Karsten

Jordan Karsten, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: Swart 320
Phone: (920) 424-7307
Education: Ph.D., The State University of New York at Albany




Dr. Stephanie May de Montigny

Stephanie May de Montigny, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office: Swart 313
Phone: (920) 424-7495
Education:  Ph.D., University of Texas Austin

Office Hours: M: 12:40-3:00 p.m.
Stephanie May de Montigny is a cultural anthropologist.  Her courses and research interests include Native American studies, kinship, gender, and sexuality, ethnohistory, vernacular architecture, and visual art and dance.  She also teaches classes on ethnographic methods, American ethnography, and expressive culture.



 Dr. Stephanie Spehar

speharStephanie Spehar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Anthropology Club Advisor
Office: Swart 312
Phone: (920) 424-7073
Education:  Ph.D., New York University 2006; M.A., New York University 2002; B.A., California State University, Los Angeles 1998

On Sabbatical Until Fall 2015
Stephanie Spehar is a physical anthropologist whose area of specialization is primate socioecology, or how ecology and the environment have shaped primate social systems and behavior. Within this framework, her research focuses on primate mating systems, group dynamics and social behavior, and communication. A second major research interest is primate conservation, especially the effect of habitat alteration, fragmentation, and hunting on primate communities. To address these issues, Dr. Spehar’s research utilizes long-term behavioral and ecological fieldwork, and she has worked in East Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Spehar’s dissertation research examined the social and reproductive function of a long-distance vocalization in white-bellied spider monkeys (Ateles belzebuth) in Yasuní National Park, Ecuador. She continues to be involved in collaborative research on communication and social interactions in spider monkeys and other ateline primates in Ecuador. She is currently involved in collaborative research in Indonesia, geared towards understand the effects of hunting and logging on primate communities at sites in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. She also conducts work in Nicaragua, where she is collaborating with an NGO, Paso Pacífico, to establish protected areas for primates and initiate a long-term study of the behavior, ecology, and population genetic structure of spider and howler monkeys living in forest fragments.

In addition to primate socioecology and conservation, Dr. Spehar is interested in the evolution of language and human behavioral ecology. She teaches Introduction to Anthropology and Physical Anthropology, and is developing courses on Primate Behavior and Ecology and the Evolution of Language
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