Anthropology and Sociology Faculty

department faculty

Committed to the success of their students, our faculty members are quality educators and leaders in their disciplines. They are widely respected for their research and commitment to their fields.

Between them, they bring a wealth of academic experience and real-world knowledge to our students to help them prepare for careers in today’s global society.


Kathleen M. Brennan, Ph.D.  

  • Department Head; Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Courses Taught Regularly: Analysis of Social Data, Individual in Society, Sociology of    Work, Sociology of Emotions
  • Research Interests: Mental Health using a social psychological perspective, Stress
  • Phone: 828-227-3835
  • Email:
  • Office Address: 101B McKee


Chris Boan-Lenzo, M.A.

  • Adjunct Faculty in Sociology

Marilyn Chamberlin, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Courses Taught Regularly: Marriage and Family, Gender Roles in Society, Criminology, Sociology of Institutions, Family Violence, Individual in Society
  • Research Interests: Domestic Violence, Child Maltreatment, Gender Stereotypes
  • Phone: 828-227-3839
  • Email:
  • Office Address: 108B McKee

 Phillip (Ted) Coyle, Ph.D

  • Professor of Anthropology and Director, of the Ethnography Laboratory
  • Courses Taught Regularly: Comparative Cultural Systems, Social and Cultural Anthropology, History of Anthropological Theory,Folklore, Comparative Family, Religion, Magic and Myth,  Linguistic Anthropology, Cultures of Latin America
  •  Research Interests: Mesoamerican Ethnography, particularly the Gran Nayar Region;
    National Park Service Ethnography;  Folklore 
  • Phone: 828-227-3900
  • Email:
  • Office Address: 106B McKee

 Jane Eastman

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Cherokee Studies Program
  • Courses Taught Regularly: Archaeological courses
  •  Research Interests: SE US Archaeology, Cherokee Studies, World Prehistory
  • Phone: 828-227-3841
  • Email


  • Office Adress

    : G14A McKee



Hartwell Francis

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Cherokee Language Program
  • Courses Taught Regularly: Cherokee Language courses, Language Death
  •  Research Interests: Cherokee Language, Language Education, Digital Anthropology
  • Phone: 828-227-2303
  • Email :
  • Office Adress: 105C McKee


Anthony Hickey, Ph.D

  • Professor of Sociology
  • Courses Taught Regularly: Research Methods, Environment, Community, Demography, International Development
  •  Research Interests: Community, Rural Development
  • Phone: 828-227-3832
  • Email:
  • Office Address: 103B McKee
 jastermski  Nikki Jastremski, Ph.D
  • Instructor of Anthropology 
  • Courses Taught Regularly: Origins of Civilization, Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
  • Research Interests: Forensic Anthropology, Paleopathology, Bioarchaeology, Mortuary Analysis, South America, Identity
  • Phone: 828-227-2444
  • Email:
  • Office Address: G03A McKee
 johnston  Cheryl Johnston, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the FOReST
  • Courses Taught Regularly: Human Osteology, Field Recovery of Human Remains, skeletal Analyses, Dental Anthropology Practicum 
  •  Research Interests: Taphonomic Processes, Human Decomposition and Post Mortem Internal Estimation, Hopewell Physical Anthropology, Prehistoric Mortuary Anthropology
  • Phone: 828-227-2816
  • Email :
  • Office Adress: G15B McKee

 Munene Mwanik, M.A., ABD

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology

 Peter Nieckarz, Ph.D

  • Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Courses Taught Regularly: Sociological Theory, Dynamics of Popular Culture, Social Movements, Social Change, Human Society
  •  Research Interests: Media and  Society, Internet Communities, Sociology through Literature
  • Phone: 828-227-3237
  • Email :
  • Office Adress: 102B McKee

 Jamie Patterson, M.A.

  • Adjunct Faculty in Sociology

 Anne Rogers, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Anthropology 
  • Courses Taught Regularly: Comparative Cultural Systems, Origins of Civilization, Cherokee Culture, World Prehistory
  •  Research Interests: Native American Studies, S.E. Archaeology
  • Phone: 828-227-2443
  • Email:
  • Office Address: 102C McKee

 Jim Veteto, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology 
  • Courses Taught Regularly: Comparative Cultural Systems, Applied Anthropology, Environmental Anthropology
  •  Research Interests: Environmental Anthropology, Ethnoecology, Climate Change, Alternative Political Ecologies, Sustainable Agriculture, Appalachian Studies, Cherokee Studies
  • Phone: 828-227-3777
  • Email:
  • Office Address: 106A McKee

 John Williams, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Forensic Anthropology Program and Director of the Western Carolina Human Identification Laboratory
  • Courses Taught Regularly: Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, Human Osteology, Bone Trauma, Methods and Theory of Human Osteology
  • Research Interests: Trauma Analysis, Dimemberment
  • Phone: 828-227-2430
  • Email:
  • Office Address: G15C McKee

 Danielle Haney, B.S. in Sociology

  • Department Administrative Assistant
  • Interests include scrapbooking, sewing, photography, and her children.




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