H. Kory Cooper
Director // Native American and Indigenous Studies // SIS
Office and Contact
Room: STON 322A
Office hours: Fall 2021-Over Zoom, email for appointment
Phone: (765) 496-7430
ANTH 313 – Archaeology of North America
ANTH 377 – Hunter-gatherer Societies
ANTH 379 – Native American Cultures
ANTH 589 – Archaeology and Materials Science
Cooper received his PhD at the University of Alberta in 2007 and joined the department as an Assistant Professor in 2008.
Technology and Innovation, Archaeology and Ethnohistory of Northwest North America, Hunter-Gatherers, Social Complexity, Archaeometallurgy, E-Waste
Professor Cooper studies innovation and culture change using a behavioral archaeology framework. One of his major research areas is Pre-Contact native copper innovation among Arctic, Subarctic, and Northwest Coast Hunter-Gatherers, and the adoption of trade metal in these regions following contact with Europeans. This research is ongoing as well as his investigations of historic period metals and metallurgy in the far northwest. More recently Cooper has been applying a behavioral archaeology approach in studying the e-waste problem as part of an interdisciplinary research group at Purdue. Prospective graduate students interested in any of these topics, including the use of native copper in other times and places, should contact Professor Cooper via email.