Kristin Sobolik, Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts Admin
Dean and Professor
Millett Hall 163, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001


  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 1991
  • M.A. in Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 1988 
  • B.S. in Biology, The University of Iowa, 1986



Wright State University         Jan, 2013 – present

  • Dean, College of Liberal Arts                                       
  • Professor of Anthropology                                                               

University of Maine  

  • Associate Dean for Research and External Affairs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences         Aug, 2010 - Dec, 2012                                  
  • Chair, Department of Anthropology          July, 2006 - Aug, 2011
  • Associate Director, The Climate Change Institute          Sept, 2005 – Aug, 2010
  • Graduate Coordinator, The Climate Change Institute          May, 1993 – Aug, 2007
  • Professor of Anthropology and Climate Change          Aug, 1992 – present
  • Faculty Associate, 2013-present
  • Professor, 2006-2012
  • Associate Professor, 1998-2006
  • Assistant Professor, 1992-1998



  • ACE National Women’s Leadership Forum: Advancing Women’s Leadership          Dec 2-4, 2015
  • Selected to attend ACE Leadership Workshop for senior-level women administrators in higher education, Washington DC
  • Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education          June 14-27, 2015
  • Selected to attend Harvard Institute for Higher Education on leading change, planning and strategy development, inclusive excellence, financial sustainability, future trends in higher education
  • CASE, Council for Advancement and Support of Education          June 4-5, 2013
  • Summer Institute in Advancement Services
  • HERS Institute, Higher Education Research Services, Bryn Mawr          June 17-30, 2012
  • Selected to attend Higher Education Administration Institute on leading change, finance and budgeting, higher education law, diversity, information technology, advancement, accreditation and communication
  • Diversity Leadership Institute, University of Maine          Throughout 2012
  • Selected to attend Intensive diversity discussions and training



Sutton, Mark Q., Kristin D. Sobolik, and Jill Gardner  

    2010 Paleonutrition. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, 369 p.


Sobolik, Kristin D.

      2003  Archaeobiology, Altamira Press, Lanham, MD. 


Poinar, Hendrik N., Melanie Kuch, Kristin D. Sobolik, Ian Barnes, Artur B. Stankiewicz, Tomasz Kuder, W. Geofferey Spaulding, Vaughn M. Bryant, Alan Cooper, and Svante Pääbo

      2001  A molecular analysis of dietary diversity for three archaic Native Americans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 98(8): 4317-4322.


Tito, Raul Y., Dan Kights, Jessica Metcalf, Alexandra J. Obregon-Tito, Lauren Cleeland, Fares Najar, Bruce Roe, Karl Reinhard, Kristin Sobolik, Samuel Belknap, Morris Foster, Paul Spicer, Rob Knight, Cecil M. Lewis, Jr.

      2012   Insights from Characterizing Extinct Human Gut Microbiomes. PLOS ONE 7(12):e51146.


Tito, Raul Y., Samuel L. Belknap III, Kristin D. Sobolik, Robert C. Ingraham, Lauren M. Cleeland, and Cecil M. Lewis, Jr.

      2011   DNA from early Holocene American dog. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 145(4):653-657.


Sobolik, Kristin D.

      1996  Direct Evidence for Prehistoric Sex Differences. Cutting Edge Column, American Anthropological Association Newsletter, 37(9):7-8.


Sobolik, Kristin D. 

      1996  Lithic Organic Residue Analysis: An Example from the Southwestern Archaic. Journal of Field Archaeology 23:461-469.


Sobolik, Kristin D., Kristen J. Gremillion, Patricia Whitten, Patty Jo Watson

      1996  Sex Determination of Prehistoric Human Paleofeces. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 101(2):283-290.


Robert C. Ingraham, Brian S. Robinson, Kristin D. Sobolik, and A. Sky Heller

     2016  “Left for the Tide to Take Back”: Specialized Processing of Seals on Machias Bay, Maine. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 11(1):89-106.


Mead, Jim I., Arthur E. Spiess, and Kristin D. Sobolik

      2000  Skeleton of Extinct North American Sea Mink (Mustela macrodon). Quaternary Research 53:247-262.


Gremillion, Kristen J. and Kristin D. Sobolik

      1996  Dietary Variability Among Prehistoric Forager-Farmers of Eastern North America. Current Anthropology 37(3):529-539.


Sobolik, Kristin D. (ed.)

      1994 Paleonutrition: The Diet and Health of Prehistoric Americans, Center for Archaeological Investigations Occasional Paper Series 22, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.




Education History: 

Ph.D. in Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 1991

M.A. in Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 1988 

B.S. in Biology, The University of Iowa, 1986

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