The Department of Anthropology is very pleased to announce that Dr. Kurt Rademaker is joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor. Previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University, Rademaker is an interdisciplinary archaeologist interested in human-environment dynamics, hunter-gatherer colonization of South America, adaptations in extreme environments, and foundations of complex societies. In the past 15 years he has carried out archaeological research primarily in the Peruvian Andes and quaternary studies in Peru and Scotland. He has also worked as an archaeologist in the Eastern Woodlands and Great Basin regions of the U.S., in Mexico, and in Chile. In Peru his team searches for and investigates hunter-gatherer sites from the Pacific coast to the high-elevation Andes. His ongoing collaborations with earth science colleagues are producing high-resolution paleoenvironmental records for comparison with cultural sequences. Other current collaborative research with physical anthropologists and paleogeneticists is focused on understanding how humans have adapted to live in high-elevation mountain regions, some of the most challenging environments on Earth. In addition to his faculty appointment at MSU, Rademaker is Affiliated Assistant Professor of Prehistory at the University of Tübingen, Adjunct Research Collaborator at the University of Arizona, and Faculty Associate in the University of Maine Department of Anthropology.
More information on his current project can be found at www.paleoandes.com. More details on his research and publications can be found at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kurt_Rademaker08.29.18