Anna Cohen

Anthropology

Assistant Professor


Anna Cohen

Contact Information

Phone: (435)797-0270
Email: anna.cohen@usu.edu

Educational Background

PhD, University of Washington

MA, University of Washington

MA, University of Chicago

BA, McGill University

Biography

I am an anthropological archaeologist who studies the evolution of social complexity and pre-colonial landscapes in the Americas. I investigate the ways by which ancient peoples responded to political and environmental challenges, and how these responses are visible in the material record. In addition to past contexts, I am interested in how modern societies, and their connections to landscapes, can influence political and environmental change. This is particularly relevant for heritage preservation and contemporary global pressures like deforestation and political turmoil. An essential component of my work is a public archaeology program and concomitant discussions about research ethics of remote sensing with descendant communities near archaeological sites. My projects are in Latin America and Utah.