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Laura Murphy

Laura Murphy

Assistant Professor Anthropology
College of Arts and Sciences
Henderson Learning & Resource Ctr
RM 214B
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Ohio State University, Bachelor of Arts
The University of Kansas, Master of Arts
The University of Kansas, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Washburn University, 2016-Present
Geoarchaeologist, Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Davis, California, 2015-2016
Project Archaeologist, R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas, 2014-2015
  • AN 114 A, Introduction to Archaeology
  • AN 114 VA, Introduction to Archaeology
  • AN 318 A, North American Archaeology
  • AN 324 A, Hist & Theory of Anthropology
  • AN 363 XD, Internship
  • AN 366 D, Directed Readings
  • AN 367 D, Directed Research
  • AN 397 A, Special Topics: Archaeology
  • AN 397 B, Special Topics: Archaeology
  • AN 397 VB, Special Topics: Archaeology
  • KS 399 B, Special Topics-Kansas Studies
Scholarly Interests/Activities
Great Plains archaeology, Kansas archaeology, geoarchaeology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, Quaternary paleoecology, phytolith and stable isotope analyses
Service Interests/Activities
Kansas State Historic Sites Board of Review, Professional Archaeologists of Kansas, Geoarchaeology Division of the Geological Society of America, Kansas Anthropological Association, Center for Kansas Studies, YWCA Girls on the Run, Women in Science Day
Career Accomplishments

Certificate of Teaching and Learning 2016-2017

Certificate of Teaching and Learning 2017-2018

Certificate of Teaching and Learning 2018-2019

Certificate of Teaching and Learning 2019-2020

Murphy, L.R., Hurst, S., Holliday, V.T., and E. Johnson, 2014. Late Quaternary landscape evolution, soil stratigraphy, and geoarchaeology of the Caprock Canyonlands, Northwest Texas, USA. Quaternary International 342: 57-72.

Mandel, R.D., Murphy, L.R., and M.D. Mitchell. 2014. Geoarchaeology and paleoenvironmental context of the Beacon Island site, a Paleoindian (Agate Basin) bison kill in northwestern North Dakota. Quaternary International 342: 91-113.

Murphy, L.R. and R.D. Mandel, 2012. Geoarchaeology and paleoenvironmental context of the Burntwood Creek Rockshelter, Northwest Kansas, U.S.A. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 27: 344-362.

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