Dr. Elizabeth A. Sobel


Sociology and Anthropology
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Sociology and Anthropology
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Elizabeth Sobel is a professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Missouri State University. Her research interests include: archaeology and ethnohistory of North America, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest and Ozarks regions, native peoples of North America, historical archaeology of Native Americans and African Americans, and anthropology of hunter-gatherers.

At MSU, she teaches several courses, some of which she developed. Among them are Introduction to Archaeology, Anthropology of Hunters and Gatherers, Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherers, Material Culture and Research Design and Writing in Anthropology. She has published more than 10 journal articles and book chapters.



  • PhD, Anthropology, 2004, University of Michigan
  • MA, Anthropology, 1994, University of Michigan
  • BA, Archaeology, 1989, Yale University


  • ANT 125 Exploring Human Ancestry
  • ANT 240 Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANT 360 North American Archaeology
  • ANT 397 Material Culture Laboratory
  • ANT 397 Hunters and Gatherers
  • ANT 451 Field Archaeology
  • ANT 499 Internship in Anthropology
  • ANT 596 Directed Readings in Anthropology
  • ANT 599 Directed Research in Anthropology
  • ANT 490 Field Experience in Anthropology
  • ANT 550 Advanced Methods in Archaeology
  • ANT 710 Cultural Resource Management
  • ANT 720 Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
  • ANT 770 Research Design and Writing in Anthropology

Research and professional interests

  • Archaeology and ethnohistory of North America, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest and Ozarks regions
  • Native peoples of North America
  • Historical archaeology of Native Americans and African Americans
  • Anthropology of hunter-gatherers
  • Archaeology of inequality
  • Public archaeology
  • Collaborative archaeology with descendant communities
  • Flaked stone technologies

Additional resources

Areas of Expertise

Anthropology Archaeology


Maroon Minute: Elizabeth Sobel                                                                      Looking beyond the surface to reveal our hidden past