Amy Rector appointed as director of the School of World Studies

Rector will assume the directorship on July 1.
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Amy Rector, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology, has been on faculty at VCU since 2011. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, Rector continued her graduate studies at Arizona State University, and earned her Ph.D. in 2010.

Rector's primary research includes reconstructing paleoecological contexts for early human evolution in eastern and southern Africa, as well as identifying and analyzing fossil mammal communities to characterize their biogeographic and ecological affinities through space and time. She is principal investigator for the NSF-funded Ledi-Geraru Research Project in the Afar Region, Ethiopia, and co-directs the Zambia Rift Valley Research Project, supported by the Earthwatch Foundation, in South Luangwa, Zambia.

She currently teaches Introduction to Anthropology, Human Evolution, Human Osteology, Primatology and other biological anthropology courses, and has led a VCU study abroad class to South Africa every summer for many years.

In addition, she is co-chair of the CHS Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee, chaired the College’s COVID-Response Working Group for Equity this past year and hosts the Mid-Atlantic Bioanthropology Interest Group annual meeting every fall at VCU.

The Dean's Office would like to thank Mark Wood, Ph.D., the outgoing director, for his many years of service.

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