Andrew Gillreath-Brown, PhD Candidate, RPA

I am a computational anthropologist interested in how individuals and groups respond to both large scale processes such as climate change and local processes such as violence and wealth inequality. I also have an interest in tattoo archaeology, particularly in the southwestern United States. I developed a deeper curiosity in the subject after discovering the oldest tattoo tool in Western North America (National Geographic). I am currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University (WSU). While at WSU, I have been a graduate research assistant, instructor, and a Dissertation Year Fellow (WSU Graduate School).

Currently, I am an instructor at WSU, teaching Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH 101) and a research associate on a National Science Foundation RIDIR Grant: Synthesizing Knowledge of Past Environments (SKOPE). For SKOPE, I focus on producing and evaluating paleoclimatic models that in turn influence maize productivity estimates in agent-based simulations. I am then using those paleoclimate models to understand how climate change and other processes stimulated migration, the precarity of people arriving to new locations, and ultimately to the social instability and depopulation of portions of the ancient southwestern United States (SWUS) (ca. AD 1300).

More generally, I am interested in the relationships between social (including socio-economic and socio-political), climate, and environmental systems using complex systems approaches. I am curious of how the relationships between these systems have changed over time, what that could tell us about present-day and future systems, particularly the impacts on vulnerable communities, inequalities, and human resilience. I have developed a keen interest in the evolution of networks over time in contexts of climate change. I also hope to address future human behaviors under global warming.

On another project and as a member of the WSU Historic Preservation committee, I built a website, Washington State University Buildings and Landscapes, to share the history of the WSU Pullman campus. The site is meant to allow people to connect or even reconnect with the campus, as well as to be a teaching and learning tool. We also hope for students to be able to contribute information, as well as crowdsource photos and oral histories of campus and campus life in the future.

I am also an Editorial Assistant for Ethnobiology Letters (EBL) of the Society for Ethnobiology. At Washington State University, I have served as the Director of Communications (2019–2020), a senator, and a legislative committee member for the Graduate and Professional Student Association. I was also the treasurer (2017–2019) and webmaster (2017–present) for the Anthropology Graduate Organization. I also currently serve as a Government Affairs Network State Representative (GANSR) of the Society for American Archaeology for Tennessee and am a legislative committee member for the Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology.



Department of Anthropology
Washington State University
PO Box 644910