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Dr. Gordon Rakita

Professor & Director of Academic Technology

Phone: (904) 620-1658

Office: Building 53, Room 2105



Faculty Bio


Areas of Expertise

Bioarchaeology, Archaeology & Physical Anthropology, Anthropological Approaches to Mortuary & Ritual Behavior, Cemetery Studies, Prehistory of the North America Southwest & Northern Mexico, Evolutionary Theory, Emergent Social Complexity, Archaeological Method & Theory, Statistical Analyses & Data Management, Cultural Resource Management, Forensic Sciences.


University of New Mexico, Ph.D. (in Anthropology) with Academic Distinction, 2001
University of New Mexico, M.A. (in Anthropology), 1997
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, B.A. (in Anthropology), 1993


Gordon F.M. Rakita is a bioarchaeologist and Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work. He also serves as Director of Academic Technology at UNF. Prior to joining the faculty at UNF he was Principal Investigator and Analytical Director for SWCA Environmental Consultants of Flagstaff, Arizona. He is Associate Editor for the journal Bioarchaeology International. He earned his B.A. in Anthropology from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. In 2016 he was named the junior laureate of the Lloyd Cotsen Prize for Lifetime Achievement in World Archaeology.  His areas of expertise include bioarchaeology, anthropological approaches to mortuary and other ritual behavior, analytical data management and statistical analyses, emergent social inequality and complexity, and evolutionary theory.