Dr. Joshua J. Wells is an associate professor at Indiana University South Bend. He holds a joint appointment, where he works in the anthropology major in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and coordinates the social informatics program in the department of Informatics. He has degrees in anthropology and computer science.
Josh's research interests include anthropological investigations of human-technology interactions that result in redefinitions of established sociocultural patterns and concepts of humanity. This involves studies of both past and modern populations. In the modern world, Josh investigates the ways that new technologies affect roles and expectations within governmental functions, business practices, and classroom organization. He has important experience in contract- and grant-funded research where he has used his skills with geographic information systems, computational modeling and network analysis of sociocultural behavior, pedagogy in higher education, and outreach education in the social and physical sciences. Josh’s archaeological research focuses on how changes in Neolithic technologies were tied to the growth of complex political systems, economic networks, and ethnic identities in the American Midwest and Southeast almost 1,000 years ago.
Before coming to IUSB, Josh worked at IU Bloomington, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and the National Park Service. From 2010-2018 he was chair of the Digital Data Interest Group within the Society for American Archaeology, which serves the interests of over 1,000+ digitally inclined members of North America’s largest professional organization of archaeologists.
- Digital Humanities
- Computer Sciences
- Information Science and Technology
- Library and Museum Studies
Indiana University South Bend
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