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  • 2001 B.S. Archaeology - U. of Wisconsin at La Crosse
  • 2004 M.A. Anthropology - University of Western Ontario
  • 2009 M.A. Anthropology - Michigan State University
  • 2011 Ph.D Anthropology - Michigan State University

Professor Carr is the full-time Anthropology faculty member at GRCC and teaches a variety of courses in Anthropology along with advising students interested in pursuing a career in Anthropology.

My education includes broad training in the four sub-field approach common to North American Anthropology, although in terms of research specialty I am an anthropological archaeologist. As an anthropological archaeologist I use the archaeological and ethnographic records to address general questions about human behavior and my dissertation focused on evaluating the role of caribou hunting among late Pleistocene foragers in the lower Great Lakes region. Current research interests include understanding forager adaptations to the late Pleistocene environments including economic adaptations, mobility strategies, and the size and structure of social networks.

Sample of recent publications

Dillon Carr (2017) A Landscape Approach to Reconstructing Territorial Mobility during the Parkhill Phase in Southern Michigan and Ontario. PaleoAmerica 3:364-373.

Danielle Lake, Gloria Mileva, Heather Carpenter, Dillon Carr, Paula Lancaster, and Todd Yarbrough. (2017) Shifting Engagement Efforts Through Disciplinary Departments: A Mistake or Starting Point? A Cross-Institutional, Multi-Department Analysis. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement 21(3):135-164.

Dillon Carr and William Lovis (2016) Standardization, Reliability, and Ovate Biface Production: A View from 40-CL-227, The Round Lake Site Cache, Clinton County, Michigan, USA Canadian Journal of Archaeology 40:297-318.

Christopher Ellis, Dillon Carr, and Thomas Loebel (2011) The Younger Dryas and Late Pleistocene Peoples of the Great Lakes Region, USA Quaternary International 242:534-545.

Sample of public lectures

(2015) Race, Class, and the Legitimacy of Power: An anthropological perspective on Ferguson, MO

(2013) Invisible Walls: Race, Ethnicity, and Social Boundaries in the City of Grand Rapids, MI

Dillon Carr holding his child
Department Head
(616) 234-4284
201-F White Hall