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Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences

Ronald Castanzo

Ronald CastanzoRonald Castanzo

assistant professor
Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies

Additional Roles:

director, B.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Human Ecology program

Contact Information:

Phone: 410.837.1927
E-mail: rcastanzo@ubalt.edu

M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Villanova University
B.S., University of Scranton

The University of Baltimore is in the process of reconfiguring and developing its science curriculum, adapting courses and facilities to meet current and future needs, and I am happy to be a part of this exciting time in UB’s history. The courses I teach include Humankind in the Biological World, Earth in Focus, Fundamentals of Biology and Physical Anthropology. My job at UB is to generate an appreciation of science in students whose primary interests lie in other, perhaps entirely unrelated, areas of study. The hope is that students will be able to apply what they learn in their science courses to other pursuits in their academic and personal lives.

For more than a decade, my research has been focused on the archaeology of central Mexico. I have had the opportunity to excavate at 2,000-year-old sites and survey large geographic areas in search of archaeological ruins. As a collaborator at the National Museum of Natural History, I also conduct laboratory studies of the chemical composition of ancient pottery. During the past few years, I have become interested in historical archaeology in Washington, D.C., and in Maryland, especially as it relates to African-American settlement, the impact of the arrival of Europeans on indigenous peoples and the development of capitalism and industrial economies.