Assistant Dean and ProfessorDepartment of Anthropology
165 Gibson Hall
B.A., Temple University
M.A., Arizona State University
Ph.D., Arizona State University
Rachel Most is currently on research leave.
My primary research interests are concerned with the study of change over time in prehistoric economic and settlement systems. I am particularly interested in the impact of the adoption of agricultural strategies by foraging societies, the role of hunting in emergent complex societies, lithic analysis and the so-called "collapse" of prehistoric societies. My field research has been primarily in the American Southwest (where I worked in the Mogollon Rim area (Pinedale/Snowflake) and southern desert areas of Arizona). I have also done fieldwork in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and South Carolina. I have taught courses on human impact on the environment in he forums curriculum and with colleagues in the Anthropology, Philosophy, and Environmental Sciences departments.
In whatever spare time I have, I enjoy spending time with my children and friends, swimming (I swam competitively for Temple University), walking/hiking, working out, and travelling—especially back to the American Southwest.