Department of Anthropology
Western Michigan University

WILLIAM CREMIN (Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale 1978) Professor of Anthropology

Cremin joined the department in 1975 after having taught at Lake Forest College in Illinois. Among his major interests are environmental archaeology, archaeobotany, and the prehistory and ethnohistory of midwestern North America. He has conducted field work in the Central Plains (Kansas) and Midwest (Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan) and in recent years focused on the transition from specialized foraging to corn agriculture in the southern Lake Michigan basin, with emphasis on the Oneota-related Berrien Phase of southwest Michigan. Cremin has edited two monographs presenting the results of long-term programs of archaeological research undertaken by WMU, contributed special analyses, site reports and regional syntheses to edited volumes and journals such as the Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology, The Michigan Archaeologist,The Wisconsin Archaeologist , and the Michigan Academician, and authored or coauthored many compliance (CRM) reports of archaeological research in the public sector. 

MICHAEL S. NASSANEY (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1992) Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Nassaney joined the Department of Anthropology in 1992. His major areas of interest include social archaeology, political economy, regional studies, and technological organization in both prehistoric and historic contexts. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Nassaney has conducted field work in New England (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont), the Midwest (Illinois and Michigan), the Lower Mississippi Valley (Arkansas), the Caribbean (St. Thomas), and Europe (England and Switzerland). He has focused on the archaeological and documentary records of a diverse organizational range of societies over the past 10,000 years including hunter-gatherers, horticulturalists, agriculturalists, and industrialists. Dr. Nassaney currently directs two long-term research programs that investigate how material objects and cultural landscapes are used to create, reproduce, and transform social relations of inequality. The Plum Bayou Survey Project in central Arkansas is designed to explore the emergence of social ranking in the prehistoric Coles Creek period, whereas the Southwest Michigan Historic Landscape Project emphasizes changes in the built environment during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Dr. Nassaney is the senior editor of two co-edited books (Stability, Transformation, and Variation: The Late Woodland Southeast, Plenum Press, 1991, and Native American Interactions: Multiscalar Analyses and Interpretations in the Eastern Woodlands, University of Tennessee Press, 1995). He is also the author of numerous book chapters, reviews, and articles in scholarly journals such as Dialectical Anthropology, Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology, and Southeastern Archaeology.

ALLEN ZAGARELL (Ph.D. Freie Universitaet, W. Berlin 1978).   Professor of Anthropology.

Interests: Old World Archaeology (Middle East and South Asia), the Archaeology of the State, Inequality and Resistance, Relations of Class, Gender and Ethnicity, Political Economy, Archaeological Theory.

Dr. Zagarell joined the department in 1988. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School and City College in New York. He did graduate work at the Oriental Institute (University of Chicago) and then the Freie Universitaet of Berlin. He was a journeyman electrician (IBEW #3) before finishing his BA at City College. Zagarell has taught at Oberlin College, Ohio State University and Duke University among other institutions. He has been active in the Civil Rights and Labor movements.

Dr. Zagarell is actively engaged in several international archaeological projects. These include work in Iran and India . For a selected list of publications dealing with this work.For a more personal look at him and his family.

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