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Department Chair: Katherine Lemons
Undergraduate Program Director: Sandra Hyde 
Graduate Program Director: lisa.overholtzer [at] mcgill.ca (Lisa Overholtzer)

Department Professors

Diana Allan
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Anthropology of Living Archives
Research Interests: Anthropology of Palestine and the Middle East; refugees and migration; visual anthropology and ethnographic film; political economy; nationalism; citizenship; anthropology of the sea; fishing; archives; oral history
Contact: Office: Leacock 922; Phone: (514) 396 1987; Email: diana.allan [at] mcgill.ca (Diana Allan)

Alyssa Bader
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Indigenous archaeology; community-based research methods; Indigenizing the lab; ethics of paleo/genomic research with Indigenous peoples; bioarchaeology of health; diet; human microbiome; Indigenous biological resilience; Indigenous peoples in Pacific Northwest of North America
Contact: Office: Leacock 715 ; Phone: (514) 398 - ; Email: alyssa.bader [at] mcgill.ca (Alyssa Bader)

Samuele Collu
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: medical anthropology, anthropology of psychic life, affect theory, critical phenomenology, queer theory, anthropology of rituals and therapeutic transformation, anthropology of intimacy and abusive relationships, anthropology of screens, dispositifs, the making and unmaking of subjectivity, spirit possession.
Contact: Email: samuele.collu [at] mcgill.ca (Samuele Collu)

Nicole Couture 
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Archaeology and ethnohistory, comparative urbanism, gender and archaeology, monumental space, social life of death, material culture, Latin America, Bolivian and Peruvian Andes
Contact: Office: Leacock 737; Phone: (514) 398 4296; Email: nicole.c.couture [at] mcgill.ca (Nicole Couture)

John Galaty
Research Interests: Pastoralism, rangeland development, wildlife and community conservation, legal anthropology, property and land tenure, social conflict and violence, ritual and age-organization, psychological anthropology, culture and semiotics, ethnohistory; nationalism, ethnicity and identity; eastern Africa
Contact: Office: Leacock 724; Phone: (514) 398 1336; Email: john.galaty [at] mcgill.ca (John Galaty)

Sandra Teresa Hyde
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director 2017-2019 and 2023-present
Research Interests: Medical Anthropology, critical public health, anthropology of epidemics, the body and addiction, ecological activism and health in China, HIV/AIDS and sex work in China, popular culture and film in China, feminist theory and sexuality studies.
Contact: Office: Leacock 818; Phone: (514) 398 4292; Email: sandra.hyde [at] mcgill.ca (Sandra Hyde)

Peter Johansen
Associate Professor
Research Interests: South Asian Archaeology; South India; politics; space, place and landscape; social distinctions and inequalities; materiality; techno-politics; ferrous metallurgy; ceramics; archaeological theory; Indigenous archaeologies.
Contact:  Office: Leacock 733; Phone: (514) 398-1278; Email: peter.johansen [at] mcgill.ca (Peter Johansen)

Hillary Kaell
Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar
Research Interests: Cultural anthropology; anthropology of religion; Christianity; Messianic Judaism; material and sensory studies; capitalism and consumption; space, place and landscape; archival studies; global networks and imaginaries; North America, primarily the United States and Quebec.

Eduardo Kohn (ON LEAVE)
Associate Professor and Anthropology for the Ecozoic Lead
Research Interests: Anthropology beyond the human, the anthropocene, experimental ethnographic methods, semiotics, human-animal relations, "nature" and ecological and environmental anthropology, self and personhood, Quichua, Amazonia, Ecuador
Contact: Office: Ferrier 459; Phone: (514) 398 2810; Email: eduardo.kohn [at] mcgill.ca (Eduardo Kohn)

Katherine Lemons
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Cultural anthropology, anthropology of law, rhetoric and law, anthropology of religion, feminist anthropology; kinship, gender and sexuality; Islam, South Asia
Contact: Office: Leacock 830; Phone: (514) 398 4295; Email: katherine.lemons [at] mcgill.ca (Katherine Lemons)

Setrag Manoukian
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Social construction of knowledge, historicity, ethnography of texts, semiotics, critical theory, technology, anthropology and history of Iran, Iran
Contact: Office: Morrice Hall 307; Phone: 514-398-4400 X09679; Email: setrag.manoukian [at] mcgill.ca (Setrag Manoukian)

Lisa Overholtzer
Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar
Research Interests: Mesoamerican archaeology; Aztec and colonial central Mexico; empire; household archaeology; materiality; chronology and temporality; social identity; postcolonial theory; Indigenous archaeology; ceramics; provenance analyses; ancient DNA.
Contact: Office: Leacock 723; Phone: (514) 398 4299; Email: lisa.overholtzer [at] mcgill.ca (Lisa Overholtzer)

Leslie Sabiston
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Indigenous futurities; Anthropology of Settler Colonialism; Political/legal anthropology; medical/psychological anthropology; Crime and violence; Critical race theory; Psychoanalysis; Radical kinships; Critical science studies; Consciousness, self, and subjectivity
Contact: Office: Leacock 722; Phone: (514) 396 1919;  Email: leslie.sabiston [at] mcgill.ca (Leslie Sabiston)

Colin Scott 
Research Interests: Environmental and ecological knowledge, indigenous cosmologies, land and sea tenure, the restructuring of rights, resource management and livelihoods; respect, reciprocity and communication among hunting, fishing and gathering peoples; James Bay Cree, Quebec, Torres Strait
Contact: Office: Peterson Hall 342; Phone: (514) 398 4291; Email: colin.scott [at] mcgill.ca (Colin Scott)

Lisa Stevenson (ON LEAVE)
Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar
Research Interests: Medical and psychological anthropology, narrative and anthropology, violence and subjectivity, social and political theory, ethnographic film, Inuit, Canadian Arctic
Contact: Office: Ferrier Building Rm 486; Phone: (514) 398 1647; Email: lisa.e.stevenson [at] mcgill.ca (Lisa Stevenson)

Ismael Vaccaro (ON LEAVE)
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Environmental anthropology, political ecology, property theory, landscape analysis, political anthropology/development, conservation policies, Southern Europe, Mexico
Contact: Office: Leacock 723; Phone: (514) 398 5832; Email: ismael.vaccaro [at] mcgill.ca (Ismael Vaccaro)

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Associate Members

Laurence Kirmayer
James McGill Professor and Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Research Interests: Cultural psychiatry, psychiatric anthropology, philosophy of psychiatry
Contact: 1033 Pine Avenue West; Phone: (514) 398 7302; Email: laurence.kirmayer [at] mcgill.ca (Laurence Kirmayer)

Michael Lifshitz
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry, McGill University and Jewish General Hospital
Contact: Email: michael.lifshitz2 [at] mcgill.ca

Todd Meyers
Professor and Marjorie Bronfman Chair in Social Studies of Medicine
Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University
Contact: 3647 Peel Street, Room 210;  Email: todd.meyers [at] mcgill.ca (Todd Meyers)

Kathleen Rice
Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Medical Anthropology of Primary Care
Department of Family Medicine, McGill University
Contact: Email: kathleen.rice [at] mcgill.ca (Katherine Rice)

Sahar Sadjadi
Assistant Professor, Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University
Contact: Email: sahar.sadjadi [at] mcgill.ca (Sahar Sadjadi)


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Adjunct Professors

Nadia Ferrara
Executive Director, Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
Research Interests: Indigenous lived realities; personal narratives of trauma, resilience, healing; art therapy, diversity and social inclusion, cultural competence, victimology, sustainable community development; and the development of policies and legislation with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis that are place-based and meaningful on the ground
Contact: Phone: 613 960 3425; Email: ferraran [at] ainc-inac.gc.ca (Nadia Ferrara)

Viviane Weitzner
Research interests Indigenous law and rights; Afro-Descendant law and rights; legal anthropology (legal pluralities, anthropology of illegality, legal ontologies); activist research and ethnography; decoloniality; intersectionality; resilience and natural resources management (extractives, protected areas, common property theory and practice); environmental/climate justice; effects of armed conflict; violence; Americas; Indigenous-to-Indigenous and inter-ethnic collaboration; development policy.
Contact: Email: viviane.weitzner [at] mcgill.ca

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Faculty Lecturers

Daniel Ruiz-Serna
Research interests environmental anthropology, peace and conflict studies, multispecies justice, Indigenous and Afro-Colombian ontologies, Latin-American studies, cryptozoology
Contact: Email: daniel.ruiz-serna [at] mcgill.ca

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Retired Faculty

Donald Attwood
Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Political economy and ecology, household enterprises, micro-demography, cooperatives, cash cropping, irrigation, globalization, famines and food supply, human development, gender inequality, family histories as indicators of social change, South Asia

Michael Bisson
Retired Professor
Research Interests: Archaeology, Middle Paleolithic, Iron Age, experimental archaeology, lithic topology, metallurgical and lithic technology, Central Africa, Europe

Laurel Bossen
Professor Emerita
Research Interests: Gender and development in rural China, households and property rights, sex ratio imbalance, transformations in early 20th-century female labour in rural China, China, Central America

Ellen Corin
Retired Professor
Research Interests: Psychosis and culture, asceticism in India, alternative and culturally sensitive mental health services, transcultural psychiatry, psychoanalysis and anthropology, India, Africa

Fumiko Ikawa-Smith
Professor Emerita
Research Interests: Archaeology, the paleolithic, food and nutrition, complex hunter-gatherers, gender in prehistory, social contexts of archaeology, East Asia, Japan

Carmen Lambert
Professor Emerita
Research Interests: Social change, modernization, urbanization, social class and ethnic identity, North American native peoples

Margaret Lock
Professor Emerita
Research Interests: Anthropology of postgenomics, anthropology of bioscience technologies, comparative medical systems, life cycle, gender, Japan

Toby Morantz
Retired Professor
Research Interests: Ethnohistory, fur trade history, native-white relations, social change, North American native peoples, Subarctic

Kristin Norget
Retired Professor
Research Interests: Religion; Catholicism; media and religion; theorization of ritual and performance; indigenous and social movements, material culture and aesthetics; Mexico, Latin America

Jérôme Rousseau
Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Social inequality in small-scale middle-range societies, social systems, gender, kinship, age categories, hierarchy, leadership, violence, group identity, Malaysia, Borneo, Canada

Philip Carl Salzman
Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Nomadic and pastoral peoples, "equality" and "freedom"; environmental, economic and political aspects of social change; Iran, India, Italy

Allan Young
Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Comparative medical systems, anthropology of science, anthropology of psychiatry, Ethiopia

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