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Anthropology | Elizabeth Chilton

Ph.D., UMASS-Amherst
Provost & Executive Vice President



Elizabeth S. Chilton is the Provost and Executive Vice President of WSU, as well as a Professor of Anthropology. She was formerly the Dean of Harpur College of Arts & Sciences at Binghamton University from 2017-2020. She previously held academic leadership positions at UMass Amherst, including Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, Associate Dean for Research and Programs in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Department Chair of Anthropology, and founder and former Director of the Center for Heritage & Society. She received her MA and PhD from the Department of Anthropology at UMass Amherst. She was an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University from 1996-2001. Her research, publications, and teaching focus on the pre-colonial archaeology of the Northeast United States, paleoecology, cultural resource management, heritage studies, and materials science.

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Research Interests

  • Archaeology of Northeastern North America
  • Origins of Agriculture
  • Ceramic Ecology
  • Native American History
  • Heritage Studies
  • Cultural Resource Management

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