Faculty and Staff

Douglas D. Anderson, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Laboratory for Circumpolar Studies, is a specialist in Arctic anthropology, particularly Alaska and Northeast Asian archaeology; Early Man; paleoecology; Inupiat/Inuit ethnography and historical archaeology; and maritime and riverine adaptations.
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Wanni W. Anderson, Emeritus Adjunct Research Professor of Anthropology and Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, is a specialist on folklore and oral history of the North. Focusing on problems of modernization, changing settlement patterns, and women’s roles and networks, her specialties also include interethnic relations, and the use of oral history and folklore in teaching Inupiaq in northwestern Alaska.

Kevin P. Smith, Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology, is a specialist on the archaeology of Iceland. His research has included work on Viking period iron-production, early medieval farming, and a subterranean Viking Age site interpreted variously as an outlaw shelter or ritual complex. He is currently doing research in western Iceland, focusing on a district surrounding the historically important farm of Gilsbakki, a Viking Age chieftain’s center that has been occupied continuously for 1100 years.
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Michele M. Hayeur Smith, Research Associate, is a specialist on cultural and social aspects of northern cultures. Her research interests are in material culture, dress, the body, and gender. She is currently working on a research project on gender and the production and circulation of textiles from the Viking Age to the early 19th century. This project, (Rags to Riches: an Archaeological Study of Gender and Textiles in Iceland AD 875-AD1800, NSF no. 102316) is examining curated archaeological textiles collections from roughly 26 Icelandic sites and is offering new insights into gender, textile production and trade in and out of Iceland, weaving technologies through time, as well as dress practices throughout the medieval period

Christopher Wolff, Research Associate and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Plattsburgh, is a specialist in the traditional economies of coastal and island societies. He is investigating the origins of whaling in the Bering Strait region. The focus of this research involves a reexamination of the Old Whaling site, Cape Krusenstern, Alaska using geophysical techniques and finer resolution lithic analyses of extant collections made by J. Louis Giddings and Doug Anderson.

Annalisa Heppner joined the Haffenreffer Museum team in 2018 as the Project Coordinator for the inventory and rehousing of the National Park Service's Alaskan archaeological collection curated in the Circumpolar Laboratory. Annalisa holds an MA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, with experience in Northwestern and Western Alaskan archaeology and ethnography. She has also helped manage sensitive collections in academic and museum settings.