University of Northern Colorado
Andrew Creekmore is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Curator of the Anthropology Collections at the University of Northern Colorado. He has a BA in Anthropology and Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in Anthropology from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University. Dr. Creekmore served as a Fulbright Scholar and was honored at his home institution with the 2013 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award and the 2012 Engaged Faculty Award. In his teaching Dr. Creekmore aspires to develop students’ ability to think anthropologically. Anthropological thinking resists viewing the world at face value, choosing instead to observe, engage, and attempt to understand cultures that are not our own, both today and in the past, and to reflect critically upon our own culture, which we often take for granted.
Dr. Creekmore is an archaeologist who works in Colorado and the Middle East where his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. Over the last twenty years Dr. Creekmore has conducted research in Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. His specialty is archaeological geophysics, which uses instruments such as magnetometry, ground-penetrating radar, and resistivity to map buried remains prior to or in lieu of excavation. These techniques are especially useful for large-scale studies of the spatial organization of settlements. Dr. Creekmore’s research focuses on Bronze Age urbanism, urban planning, and urban life in Mesopotamia. His most recent publication on this topic is Making Ancient Cities: Space and Place in Early Urban Societies, with Kevin Fisher (Cambridge 2014). He is currently mapping urban space with geophysics at the Middle Bronze Age city of Kurd Qaburstan Iraq.
Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Creekmore’s education and research have taken him to many different places at home and abroad. Having survived field projects in substandard housing and grueling conditions, Dr. Creekmore looks forward to the comparative luxury of our ship and the close bonds that develop in small communities such as Semester at Sea.