Anthropology Faculty

Kathleen Sterling  Kathleen Sterling

   Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Graduate Director
   PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2005
   Science 1, Room 105

Research interests

Kathleen Sterling's research is centered in the French Pyrenees, where she is currently co-director of Peyre Blanque, an open-air late Paleolithic site. This project grew out of a long-term pedestrian survey project that has collected thousands of lithic objects spanning the Paleolithic. Her interests include lithic technology, learning and identity, communities of practice, Paleolithic visual imagery, hunting and gathering groups, gender and feminist science, Black feminist theory, landscape archaeology, and the sociopolitics of archaeology. The main themes of her work are concerned with dispelling myths about human ancestors as violent, primitive, and limited. She is also concerned with equal opportunity in anthropology and science in general, particularly in the ways in which this has an impact on knowledge production. She is a member of the Committee on the Status of Women in Archaeology, the Society of Black Archaeologists, the Association for Feminist Anthropology, and the Association of Black Anthropologists.

Selected publications

In press: "Man the hunter, woman the gatherer? The impact of gender studies on hunter gatherer research (a retrospective)," to appear in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter Gatherers, edited by Vicki Cummings, Peter Jordan and Marek Zvelebil, Oxford University Press.

2011: "Inventing Human Nature," Ideologies in Archaeology, Reinhard Bernbeck and Randall McGuire (eds), University of Arizona Press.

2011: Review of Cognitive Archaeology and Human Evolution, de Beaune, S.A., F.L. Coolidge, and T. Wynn (eds.). PaleoAnthropology 2011: 93-94.

2009:  Learning and Stone Tool Production, Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag.

2009:  "Correcting the Record" (essay review of Distorting the Past, by Linda R. Owen), Current Anthropology 50:1.

2007:  Review of Black Women in the Ivory Tower 1850-1954, by Stephanie Y. Evans. International Journal of Women's Studies 8(4): 148-150.

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