Department Chair of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
Program Director of Women's and Gender Studies Program
Courses: Introduction to Women’s Studies; Language and Culture; Cultures and Peoples of Latin America; Medical Anthropology; Political and Legal Anthropology; Sex, Work and International Capital; Sex and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective; Gender, Race and Inequalities
Dr. Alvey’s teaching and research is inspired by critical traditions in socio-cultural anthropology, feminism, and political-economy. Her work in Nicaragua focuses on the spatial formation of the state, gendered-class and property relations, and social movements. She is also interested in issues of food sovereignty and food justice in Michigan and in comparative perspective.
Daniel Andrew Birchok
Courses: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Social Theory; Anthropology of Religion; Anthropology of Islam; The Indian Ocean World; Anthropology of Political Violence; Anthropology of Value and Exchange; Culture, Personality, and Beyond
Dr. Birchok is an anthropologist of religion interested in religion and public life, especially Islam in Indonesia. His research focuses on everyday engagements with religious concepts, and he is especially interested in genealogical authority, religious temporalities, and ritual. Currently, when he is not teaching or taking students on field trips in southeast Michigan, he is writing about a group of Sufis (Islamic mystics) who reside on the west coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province, with special attention to how their changing forms of genealogical authority and evolving notions of orthodoxy reflect the place of religion in the Indonesian state.
Beverley A. Smith
Honors Program Advisor for Anthropology
Courses: Human Origins and Prehistory; Introduction to Archaeology; Native Americans; Eastern North American Archaeology; Mesoamerican Archaeology; Historic Archaeology; Archaeological Field Work; Museum Techniques
Dr. Smith is an anthropologist and archaeologist whose research interests are focused on the relationship between human cultures and animals in subsistence and ritual contexts. She is a zooarchaeologist whose primary interest concerns understanding past cultures of the Great Lakes region. Recently, she has worked with NSF partners in tDAR to address aquatic resource use in the Archaic period and this work is proposed to extend into the Woodland period. She recently supervised the recovery of ancestral remains disturbed in downtown Flint, MI, working with and for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan, resulting in repatriation. Her work intersects anthropology, ethnohistory, evolutionary biology, wildlife ecology, and osteology.
Courses: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Middle East; Gerontology