Colleen L. Stahl

9600 College Way N
North Seattle College

Personal Statement

I teach anthropology courses at NSC including Survey of Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Archaeology and World Cultures. All of these courses explore how humans behave in different cultures around the world and within the US, both in the present day and, in the case of archaeology, in the distant past. A similarity running through the courses is an emphasis on understanding and accepting the cultural practices of others, as well as exploring the methodology of anthropology and how an anthropological approach can impact current world issues.

My research during graduate school was predominantly in archaeology, specializing in the analysis of human skeletal remains. I am especially interested in relating the biological evidence from the skeleton to the lived experiences of people when they were alive. The bulk of my research focused on archaeological populations within Europe, especially during the late Roman Empire. More recently, I have become keenly interested in anthropology of development and exploring how modern global power dynamics affect culture and identity around the world.

I hold a Doctorate in Archaeological Science from the University of Oxford (2008) where my research focused on using bone chemistry to understand dietary patterns during life. I also hold a Masters of Science in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology from the University of Sheffield (2004) and a Bachelors degree in Anthropology and Classics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada (2002).

In addition to teaching at North Seattle College, I also teach at Everett Community College and Seattle University.

I serve on the Assessment Committee, Global Studies Committee, District Distance Learning Committee, and I am a Faculty Senate representative for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.