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Dr. George Armelagos
Goodrich C. White Professor and Chair in Anthropolgy
Emory University

I began teaching career in 1965 at the University of Colorado, Denver. I was a teaching assistant to Professor Sheilagh Brooks and because an illness I was asked to teach the class. That fall, I accepted a teaching position at the University of Utah where I taught from 1965 to 1968. I found the Department of Anthropology at Utah to be an exciting place. The Department had an excellent faculty and a dynamic graduate student body. Robert Anderson, Leslie White’s first graduate student, Jesse Jennings, Charles Dibble, Melvin Akins, Wick Miller and Robert Euler were excellent mentors that helped me to master the craft of teaching. In 1968, I moved to the University of Massachusetts where I taught for the next 32 years. When I arrived in Amherst, the Department consisted of Thomas Frazier, Oriol Pi-sunyer, Donald Proulx, Denny Salzman and Joel Halpern and was in the process of major expansion. The faculty was committed to a four fields approach. At a time when most departments had only a single biological anthropologist, Massachusetts’ Department was willing to expand this as an area of strength. When I retired from Massachusetts, there were four biological anthropologists in the department (Alan Swedlund, R. Brooke Thomas, Laurie Godfrey and myself). In addition, Debra Martin and Alan H. Goodman who were at Hampshire College in Amherst were members of our graduate faculty. In 1991, I was invited to Chair the Department at the University of Florida. This was an unusual opportunity that brought me in contact with a number of anthropologists that solidified my commitment to a four-field anthropology. Marvin Harris, Maxine Margolis, Russell Bernard, Otto von Mering, and Paul Doughty were cultural anthropologist who had a broad anthropological perspective. Archeologist such as Jerald Milanich, Steven Brandt, Michael Mosley and Peter Schmidt supported a bioacheological approach that helped to define my research. The last ten years in the Emory’s department has been a culmination of my career that has focused on the interaction of biological and cultural anthropology.

(Courtesy of Emory University - Department of Anthropology)

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