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 an associate 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