Political economy, kinship, prehistoric archaeology, ethnology, U.S. Southwest, U.S. Southeast, U.S. Great Lakes, Mesoamerica
Professor Ensor’s research emphasizes political economic theoretical perspectives in archaeology and ethnology. Among his diverse works, he has published on political ecology and disaster vulnerability, ethnohistoric Native American kinship, and political economic analyses of lifeways and gender in prehistoric small-scale and complex societies. His more recent research focuses on archaeological kinship analysis for testing ethnological hypotheses using prehistoric Hohokam and prehispanic Chontal Maya case studies. He is also the founder and Principle Investigator of the annual summer EMU Archaeology Field School in Southeast Michigan, which provides student training and research opportunities through cultural resource management services.
The Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344