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Explorations: Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology is a multi-authored, peer-reviewed, open-access introductory biological anthropology textbook. The book will be available by July of 2019 for free as a downloadable ebook and PDF, published under a Creative Commons license. An official project of the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC), a section of the American Anthropological Association, this textbook project is supported by a $25,000 grant from Minnesota State.

The Advisory Board

Phil Stein

Nina Brown

Laura T González

Thomas McIIwraith

The Textbook Authors

Andrea Alveshere: PhD in Anthropology. Assistant Professor at Western Illinois University in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology.  

Ilianna E. Anise: PhD Student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Integrative Biology and in the Strier Lab.

Jessica Byram: PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology. Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine  

Stephanie Canington: PhD Candidate at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution.  

Keith Chan: PhD in Anthropology. Associate Faculty at MiraCosta College and Adjunct Faculty at Grossmont College.  

Mary P. Dinsmore: PhD Candidate in Environment and Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in the Strier Lab.  

Rebekah J. Ellis: PhD Student in Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in the Strier Lab.

Stephanie Etting: PhD in Anthropology. Adjunct Professor at Sacramento City College.

Leslie Fitzpatrick: PhD in Anthropology. Visiting Assistant Professor at Mercyhurst University.

Malaina Gaddis: PhD in Genetics. Genome Variation Scientist at CooperGenomics.

Amanda J. Hardie: PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in the Strier Lab.

Karin Jaffe: PhD in Anthropology. Professor at Sonoma State University in the Department of Anthropology and Research Associate at the Oakland Zoo.

Ashley Kendell: PhD in Physical Anthropology. Assistant Professor and Forensic Anthropologist at California State University, Chico.

Sarah King: PhD in Archaeological Sciences. Professor of Anthropology/Sociology at Cerro Coso Community College.

Jacob Kraus: PhD Student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Integrative Biology and in the Strier Lab.

Lily Malekfar: MA in Anthropology. Adjunct Anthropology Faculty at Triton College in the Behavioral Science Department.

Hayley Mann: PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Binghamton University and Genetic Analyst at CooperGenomics.

Jonathan Marks: PhD in Anthropology. Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Author of What It Means to be 98% Chimpanzee: Apes, People, and their Genes and The Alternative Introduction to Biological Anthropology.

Colleen Milligan: PhD and Physical Anthropologist at California State University, Chico.

Joylyn Namie: PhD in Anthropology. Instructor of Anthropology at Truckee Meadows Community College.

Jason Organ: PhD in Functional Anatomy and Evolution. Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Alex Perrone: MA and Human Identification Laboratory Supervisor at California State University, Chico.

Jonathan Perry: PhD and Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution.

Michael Rivera: PhD Candidate in Biological Anthropology. Course Supervisor of Human Adaptation and Variation and Human Evolution at the University of Cambridge.

Kristin Snopkowski: PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology. Assistant Professor at Boise State University in the Department of Anthropology.

Karen B. Strier: PhD in Anthropology. Vilas Research Professor and Irven DeVore Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Author of Primate Behavioral Ecology and Primate Ethnographies.

News

On September 28, 2018, we began the review and visual art development stage of the project. Most chapter first drafts have been submitted by the authors. Peer-reviewers are currently evaluating the draft chapters. A cover design artist and illustrator have been selected and will shortly begin this work.

Mark your calendars! The textbook will be available as an e-book by July, 2019. A print-ready version will be published by Fall, 2019.

The Editors

Our team of managing editors is on a mission to create a world-class biological anthropology introductory textbook that is 100% open and free. We envision eliminating the need for students to purchase a pricey biological anthropology introductory textbook by providing a no-cost option that is high-quality, adaptive, and on the cutting edge. We hope to serve as a role model for other subjects and disciplines by contributing to the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement.

Our team of managing editors consists of committed anthropology educators from all over the nation. We’re all members of the Society for Anthropology in the Community Colleges (SACC) and were emboldened by SACC’s success with Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology, the first OER cultural anthropology textbook of its kind. We aim to replicate the success of Perspectives in the field of biological anthropology.

Beth Shook, PhD, is Lecturer of Anthropology at California State University, Chico. She serves on her campus’ Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Advisory Board.

Email: BAShook [at] csuchico.edu

Katie Nelson, PhD is Instructor of Anthropology at Inver Hills Community College. She serves as the chair of the Teaching Anthropology Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association and as Online Content Editor of the Teaching and Learning Anthropology Journal.

Email: kanelson [at] inverhills.edu

Kelsie Aguilera, MA is Assistant Professor of Anthropology within the University of Hawai’i System at Leeward Community College. She serves on her campus’ OER committee and serves on the Executive Board of SACC as treasurer.

Email: kelsieag [at] hawaii.edu

Lara Braff, PhD is an Instructor of Anthropology at Grossmont College. She serves as an OER Coordinator on her campus.

Email: Lara.Braff [at] gcccd.edu