Anthropology at PSU
PhD, University of Washington, 2011
Dr. Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at Portland State University. Shelby's research interests include hunter-gatherer societies, evolutionary theory, historical ecology, ceramic technology, public archaeology, cultural resource management, and archaeology of the Arctic, Sub-arctic and Pacific Northwest.
Shelby is engaged in several new research projects. She is working on a ceramic sourcing project with the goal of establishing the role of social networks in coping with late Holocene environmental and social change in northwest Alaska. Shelby is also studying late Holocene coastal settlement patterns in the Bering Land Bridge region of northern Alaska. As part of this work, she is collecting data on the impact of regional climate change on these archaeological sites in order to make recommendations to the National Park Service for long term site protection and mitigation planning. More locally, Shelby is studying the intersection of Pacific Northwest clay and ceramic technology with past diet and culinary practices. Other current work includes research related curriculum development for northwest Alaskan middle and high school science and social studies classes and various outreach efforts in Portland and northwest Alaska.
Anderson, S.L. (in press, available online Nov 9, print December 2012) Book Review: The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology.
Anderson, S.L. A, Freeburg, and B. Fitzhugh (in press) Cape Krusenstern. In: Hunter-gatherers and Middle Range Societies, Springer Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. A. Prentiss, editor.
Anderson, S.L, M. Boulanger, and M. Glascock 2011 Late Prehistoric Social and Political Change in Northwest Alaska: Preliminary Results of a Ceramic Sourcing Study. Journal of Archaeological Science, Vol. 38: 943-955.