Missouri State University

Sociology and Anthropology

Dr. Elizabeth Sobel

Office:  473 Strong Hall 

Phone:  (417) 836-5145 

E-Mail:  ESobel@MissouriState.edu

Fall '12 Office Hours:  12:30-3:15 Th ; 2:30-4:45 F; or by appointment.

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Elizabeth Sobel received her Ph.D. in Anthropology, with a focus in archaeology, from the University of Michigan in 2004. Throughout her career, she has conducted archaeology in the context of both academic research and cultural resource management. For example, before coming to Missouri State University, Dr. Sobel worked as an archaeologist for the Yakama Nation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management.

 Dr. Sobel’s anthropological interests center on the archaeology and ethnohistory of North America, with a focus on indigenous peoples and African Americans, particularly in the Pacific Northwest and the Missouri Ozarks. While maintaining her long-time interests in hunter-gatherer exchange systems, sociopolitical organization, and flaked stone technologies, she has become increasingly involved in the historical archaeology of Native Americans and African Americans, and in collaborating with decent groups.

At Missouri State University, Dr. Sobel has taught a range of courses including: Exploring Our Human Ancestry, Introduction to Archaeology, North American Archaeology, Material Culture, Hunters and Gatherers, Field Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Advanced Methods in Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management, Quantitative Methods in Anthropology, and Research Design and Writing in Anthropology.
 

Representative Publications

In Press     Sobel, Elizabeth A., Kenneth M. Ames and Robert J. Losey. Environment and Archaeology of the Lower Columbia River. In Chinookan Studies,edited by Kenneth M. Ames, Robert Boyd, and Tony Johnson. University of Washington Press, Seattle.

In Press     Hajda, Yvonne and Elizabeth A. Sobel. Lower Columbia Trade and Exchange Systems. In Chinookan Studies,edited by Kenneth M. Ames, Robert Boyd, and Tony Johnson. University of Washington Press, Seattle.

In Press     Ames, Kenneth M. and Elizabeth A. Sobel. Houses and Households. In Chinookan Studies,edited by Kenneth M. Ames, Robert Boyd, and Tony Johnson. University of Washington Press, Seattle.

2012          Sobel, Elizabeth A. An Archaeological Test of the “Exchange Expansion Model” of Contact Era Change on the Northwest Coast. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 31:1-21.

2010          Sobel, Elizabeth A. and Christopher Cotter. Shifting Mobility Patterns from the Late Paleoindian through Early Archaic Periods: lithic debitage evidence from the Big Eddy site. Missouri Archaeologist volume72.

2009          Ames, Kenneth M. and Elizabeth A. Sobel. Finding and Dating Cathlapotle. Archaeology in Washington 15:5-32.

2006          Sobel, Elizabeth A., D. Ann Trieu Gahr, and Kenneth M. Ames (editors). Household Archaeology on the Northwest Coast. International Monographs in Prehistory, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

2006          Sobel, Elizabeth A. Household Prestige and Exchange on the Northwest Coast: A Case Study of the Lower Columbia River Valley. In Household Archaeology on the Northwest Coast, edited by Elizabeth A. Sobel, D. Ann Trieu Gahr, and Kenneth M. Ames, pp. 159-199. International Monographs in Prehistory, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

2006          D. Ann Trieu Gahr, Elizabeth A. Sobel, and Kenneth M. Ames. Introduction. In Household Archaeology on the Northwest Coast, edited by Elizabeth A. Sobel, D. Ann Trieu Gahr, and Kenneth M. Ames, pp. 1-15. International Monographs in Prehistory, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

2000          Sobel, Elizabeth A. and Gordon Bettles. Winter Hunger, Winter Myths: Subsistence Risk and Mythology Among the Klamath and Modoc. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology19:276-316.