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Tj Gundling

Professor • Department of College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Gundling earned a degree in Electrical Engineering (BS Rutgers) and spent 5 years working as an aerospace engineer before returning to university to study anthropology (BA Rutgers; Ph.D. Yale). On the faculty at WPU since spring 1998, Dr. Gundling has prepared several new courses primarily in the area of Biological Anthropology, served as Department Chair from 2005-2011, and Assistant to the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Science from 2011 to 2018. They have published one book along with several journal articles and book reviews related to human origins studies, and one recent essay in the emerging area of Transgender Studies.

Professional Interests

The historiography of Australopithecus in South Africa.
Biocultural roots and diversity of trans* identities and expressions in social context, across generations.

Other Interests

Producing culturally intelligible noises on stringed instruments.
Thinking about ghosts, zombies, vampires and other "monsters".
Traveling to any and all cities.
Preparing global cuisine.



PhD Anthropology, Yale University New Haven, CT

BA Biological Anthropology, Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ

BS Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ


History of Human Origins Studies; Transgender Studies.

Representative Publications

The Trans Experience: A Biocultural Dialectic; Introduction to Transgender Studies; Harrington Park Press; 2019

Stand and Be Counted: The Neo-Darwinian Synthesis and the Ascension of Bipedalism as an Essential Hominid Synapomorphy; History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences; Volume 34, 2012

Human Origins Studies: A Historical Perspective; , Evolution: Education and Outreach ; 2010

First In Line: Tracing Our Ape Ancestry; New Haven, CT; Yale University Press; 2005

Notable Courses Taught

Origin and Diversity of Humankind (ANTH 1300)
Human Biocultural Evolution (ANTH 2001)
Introduction to Transgender Studies (ANTH 2800)
Forensic Osteology (ANTH 3540)
Paleoanthropology (ANTH 4250)
Primate Biology and Behavior (ANTH 4540)

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