Patricia Anderson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology

"The archaeology of the human past is far more thrilling than any Hollywood movie." ~ P.K. Anderson

Research Areas

Patricia Anderson's research interests include Anthrozoology (study of human-nonhuman animal interactions), pet keeping, fictive kinship (animals as kin), the human-avian bond, ancient Maya civilization, and the prehistory of the Midwest and southeastern United States. 

Her recent work appears in Anthrozoös, Society & Animals, and the International Association for Animal Behavior Consultants Journal.

Her current work focuses on the human-avian bond, animal companions, death of a companion animal, and disenfranchised grief.

Please see  my CV  for a current list of talks, publications, and courses.

Education: Degrees

Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1998

M.A. in Geography, Western Illinois University, 1983

B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology, Western Illinois University, 1978

Teaching Areas

Archaeology (methods and theory), Cultural and Biological Anthropology, Anthrozoology, Gender, Mesoamerica and Fantastic Archaeology (science vs. pseudoscience).

Courses Taught

  • Anth 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Anth 111 Introduction to Physical Anthropology & Archaeology
  • Anth 215 Fantastic Archaeology: Ancient Astronauts, Shape Shifters & Bigfoot
  • Anth 249 Native North American Cultures
  • Anth 320 New World Archaeology: Archaeology of North America
  • Anth 321 New World Archaeology: Archaeology of Central and South America
  • Anth 325 Archaeological Laboratory Methods
  • Anth 326 Archaeological Field Methods
  • Anth/WS 330 Sex and Gender in Archaeology
  • Anth 404 World Culture Regions: Latin America
  • Anth 405 Forensic Anthropology
  • Anth 410G Anthrozoology (human-animal interactions)

Areas of Specialization

Anthrozoology, Archaeology (North & Mesoamerica), Ancient Maya Civilization

Contact Info

Office: Morgan Hall 404
Phone: (309) 298-1108

Patricia Anderson with Halley, a Saker Falcon. Courtesy of Avian Behavior International.

Patricia Anderson with Halley, a Saker Falcon. Courtesy of Avian Behavior International