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Anthropology Faculty — Christopher Wolff

Assistant Professor

Photo of Dr. Wolff working in the fieldChristopher B. Wolff is an assistant professor of anthropology. He is also an associate member of the Center for the Study of Canada and contributes to the Environmental Studies Program at Plattsburgh State. His areas of teaching and research are centered on archaeology, with topics including human-environment interaction in the past, coastal adaptations, hunter-gatherer social organization, and subarctic- and arctic-adapted peoples.

Dr. Wolff has conducted research in Newfoundland and Labrador, Iceland, Alaska, California, Texas, Colorado, and Egypt. He is currently developing local New York/Champlain Valley archaeology projects to provide students greater opportunities to conduct field research and laboratory analysis. His current primary field research focus is on ancient human-environment interaction on the island of Newfoundland, Canada, where he has been conducting research since 2008.

Prior to joining the faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh, Dr. Wolff worked as an archaeologist at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. where he collaborated with Alaskan and Northwest Coast Native Peoples on the repatriation of their ancestors and sacred objects held in the collections of the museum. He remains a research associate of the NMNH. Dr. Wolff is very interested in giving students hands-on experiences in archaeology, and fostering a dynamic and interactive classroom.



  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, Southern Methodist University.
  • M.A. in Anthropology, Southern Methodist University.
  • M.A. in Anthropology, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
  • B.A. in Anthropology, Portland State University.

Teaching Areas

  • Human-environment interaction/historical ecology.
  • Coastal and aquatic archaeology.
  • Subarctic and arctic archaeology.
  • Method and theory of archaeology.
  • Human evolution.

Research Areas

  • Subarctic and Arctic.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Champlain Valley, New York/Quebec/Vermont.

Recent Publications

  • 2011 Wolff, Christopher B., John Erwin, Donald H. Holly, and Tatiana Nomokonova. Preliminary Analysis of Paleoeskimo Subsistence at the Stock Cove Site (CkAl-3), Trinity Bay, Newfoundland. North Atlantic Prehistory Vol. 2.
  • 2011 Wolff, Christopher B. The Effects of European Maritime Economics on Newfoundland’s Indigenous Peoples. Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society Newsletter, Vol.22, No.1: 12-15.
  • 2011 Holly, Donald H., Christopher B. Wolff, and John Erwin. Excavations at Stock Cove West (CkAl-10). PAO Archaeological Review, Vol. 9.
  • 2010 Holly, Donald H., Christopher B. Wolff, and John Erwin. The Ties that Bind and Divide: Encounters with the Beothuk in Southeastern Newfoundland. The Journal of the North Atlantic 3:31-44.
  • 2010 Wolff, Christopher B., John Erwin, and Donald H. Holly, Jr. Settlement and Subsistence in Southeastern Newfoundland: Stock Cove Revisited. PAO Archaeological Review, Vol. 8:172-175.
  • 2009 Wolff, Christopher B. Recognition of the Potential of Archaeology in Environmental Decision-Making: An Example from Newfoundland. Anthropology News, Vol. 50, No. 9.

Contact Christopher Wolff

Office: Redcay Hall 129
Phone: (518) 564-4005