Chilton Named Dean of Harpur College at Binghamton University

Elizabeth Chilton
Elizabeth Chilton

Elizabeth Chilton, professor of anthropology and associate vice chancellor for research and engagement, has been named dean of the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University in New York.

The largest of Binghamton’s seven schools, Harpur College has three divisions, 26 departments and 14 degree programs with an enrollment of 9,000 undergraduates and 1,120 graduate students. Chilton will assume her new duties on July 15.

“Elizabeth is an outstanding scholar and teacher who has been the successful chair of a large department and has excelled in several important leadership positions on her campus,” said Binghamton Provost Donald Nieman, who announced the appointment March 8. “She is a great listener and a bridge builder with a record of bringing people together to take on big challenges.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to take on the role of the dean of Harpur College,” said Chilton. “I am excited to get to know the college and campus in more detail and to work with colleagues there to support and enhance Harpur’s stellar academic programs, research and scholarly engagements.”

A member of the anthropology faculty since 2001, Chilton has served as associate vice chancellor for research and engagement since 2014, following a two-year term as associate dean for research and programs of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. While associate dean, she was appointed by the chancellor as co-chair of a campus task force on resource allocation that developed a new budget process that was implemented 2016. Chilton also chaired the anthropology department from 2006-12.

She earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in anthropology from the University at Albany before pursuing her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology at UMass Amherst. She was an assistant professor and then associate professor of anthropology at Harvard University from 1996 until 2001. Chilton directs an archaeology laboratory in the department of anthropology and has an active research program in Native American land use and subsistence.

She is also the founder and former director of the Center for Heritage and Society and former co-editor of the international, peer-reviewed journal Heritage & Society.