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The most notable change in the department this semester is the many new faces:  


Ashley M. Smallwood, Ph. D.

Waring Laboratory Director and Assistant Professor  

Ashley M. Smallwood is an archaeologist who graduated from Texas A&M University and the Center for the Study of the First Americans. She studies Clovis technology in the Southeast, with a focus on the adaptive context of biface production. Smallwood has excavated at the Topper (SC), Gault (TX), Friedkin (TX), and Dry Creek (AK) Paleoindian sites and analyzed lithic assemblages from other important Clovis sites, including Williamson (VA) and Carson-Conn-Short (TN). Her current research focus is to identify signatures of Southeastern Clovis technology and the organization of the lithic industry to culturally define Clovis in the region. Her research has been funded by National Science Foundation. Significant publications include Clovis Technology and Settlement in the American Southeast Using Biface Analysis to Evaluate Dispersal Models, American Antiquity; Clovis Biface Technology at the Topper site, South Carolina: Evidence for Variation and Technological Flexibility, Journal of Archaeological Science; and A Clovis Workshop in Central Texas: Archaeological Investigations of Excavation Area 8 at the Gault Site, Texas A&M University Press.


Benjamin Steere, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor  

Ben Steere’s research explores long-term changes in social and political organization among precontact and historic period Native American societies in the Southeast. He is especially interested in understanding changes in human settlement and social organization at multiple spatial and temporal scales, creating databases to make archaeological and archival data more accessible for research and preservation, and in developing collaborative archaeological research and preservation projects with Native American communities. He is currently working on a collaborative archaeological research project with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to create a systematic map and database of all the Woodland and Mississippian mounds and Cherokee towns in western North Carolina. He is also working on long-term, broad-scale, comparative study of domestic architecture of in the prehistoric and early historic Southeast.  Dr. Steere received his B.A. from Wake Forest University in 2003, and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2011.    


Thomas A. Jennings, Ph.D.

Limited Term Professor  

Dr. Thomas Jennings specializes in applying geoarchaeology, stone tool analysis, and quantitative methods to understand the Pleistocene peopling of the Americas. Other research interests include the prehistory of the Great Plains and hunter-gatherer adaptations to Younger Dryas climate change. He has experience excavating Paleoindian sites in Alaska, Colorado, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and, most recently, Texas. He has published articles on this research in Science, Journal of Archaeological Science, and American Antiquity and has co-authored or edited multiple books and book chapters.  


Kathryn Kelley, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

Historically speaking, Dr. Kelley has alternated years of working and travelling to countries that are post-conflict, teaching at a university, then working and travelling again. Currently, she is doing both part time. Outside the university setting, Dr. Kelley (or Kitty?) is mainly interested in working with persons who experienced human rights violations and conducting workshops. In addition to teaching part time at UWG, she has worked as a volunteer with refugees, asylum seekers, torture victims and US service veterans for the past 20 years. Until the recent past, she was director of a torture survivor rehabilitation program in Decatur, but shifted to a board position after back surgery in 2007. She and her husband have given a home to two granddaughters and reared two children, and they now enjoy eight grandchildren. Her husband is now a semi-retired research engineer with Georgia Tech.


Ivey R. Tapp, M.A.

Adjunct Professor

Ms. Tapp received an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Georgia State University in May 2012, along with a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Her master's thesis focused on citizen activism movements arising from the socio-cultural, economic, and political impacts of mass tourism and international migration in Venice, Italy. Her research interests include space and place, tourism, migration, nostalgia and social memory, psychological anthropology/cultural psychology, and visual and expressive culture, with a focus on Western Europe and Latin America, Italy and Argentina especially.  A native of the Atlantan suburbs, Ivey's personal interests include dancing, the arts, reading, classic films, volunteering, food (eating more than cooking), and travel, the latter of which has led her to study abroad in France, Argentina, and Italy. 


Bernita Bryant

Office Manager

Bernita Bryant joins the Anthropology team with over twelve years of experience in Higher Education.  She earned a Master’s in Public Administration in 1998 from the University of West Florida and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services in 1988 from Alabama State Unversity.  She enjoys working with students, faculty and staff, as well as meeting new people, traveling and speding time with family and friends. Her interest in Anthropology is evident in this photo, showing her meeting Tibetan Monks while they exhibited Mandela Sand Painting at an arts center in Northwest Florida.