Catherine WillermetProfessor
Anspach 124
(989) 774-3434

Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 3:30-5:00 pm


Ph.D., Anthropology, Arizona State University, 2001
M.A., Anthropology, Arizona State University, 1993
B.A., Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1990

Awards and Honors

  • Recipient of the CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Maroon Award, 2013-2014

Areas of Teaching Expertise

  • Modern human variation
  • Health and disease
  • Dental anthropology
  • Human evolution
  • Human biology
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Museum studies

Research Interests

  • Cultural and biological influences on health and disease
  • Biological and cultural aspects of ethnicity/race
  • Latinos as a panethnic group
  • Fuzzy logic
  • Dental anthropology
  • Informal science education/museum studies

Selected Publications

  • Willermet, C, Drake E, Muller A, Juris SJ, Chhetri P, and Upadhaya S (2014) An Integrated Interdisciplinary Faculty-Student Learning Community Focused on Water Issues: A Case Study. Learning Communities Research and Practice. Volume 2, Issue 1, Article 5. 
  • Mueller AM, Juris SJ, Willermet CM, Drake E, Upadhay S, Chhetri P (2014) Assessing interdisciplinary learning and student activism in a water issues course. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Vol. 14, No. 2, May 2014, pp. 111-132.
  • Willermet CM, Edgar HJH, Ragsdale, C, and Aubry BS. (2013) Biodistances among Aztec, Maya, Toltec, and Totonac groups of central and coastal México. Chungará (Arica): Revista de Antropologia Chilena. 45(3): 447-459.
  • Willermet CM (2012) Species, characters, and​ fuzziness in taxonomy. PaleoAnthrpology Journal. 2012:70-86.
  • Willermet, CM and Edgar HJH (2009) Dental morphology and ancestry in Albuquerque, New Mexico Hispanics. HOMO: Journal of Comparative Human Biology 60:207-224.
  • Edgar HJH and Willermet, CM (2007) Is there biological meaning to "Hispanic" in New Mexico? American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 44:104.
  • Willermet, CM (2001) Fuzzy logic as a classification tool: A case study using Levantine archaic hominids.  Dissertation Abstracts International62-11A:3845.
  • Clark GA, and Willermet CM, eds. (1997) Conceptual Issues in Modern Human Origins Research. New York: Aldine de Gruyter Press.