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John Lukacs

Professor Emeritus
Anthropology, Asian Studies
Phone: 541-346-5112
Office: 355 Condon Hall
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A.B., Syracuse (1969); M.A., Syracuse (1970); Ph.D., Cornell (1977)


Dr. Lukacs is an emeritus professor at UO, originally hired in 1976, who entered full-time retirement in 2009. John Lukacs is engaged in research on the paleopathology and dental anthropology of prehistoric and living South Asians. His research foci include an epidemiological approach to dental health with an emphasis on sex differences in oral disease, inter-population variation in tooth morphology, and laboratory analysis of skeletal and dental pathology among prehistoric human skeletons in South Asia. Recent publications have appeared in: Current Anthropology (2008), Comparative Dental Morphology (2009), and Clinical Oral Investigations (2010). A critical review of advances in research on oral health in past populations appears in Companion to Paleopathology (2011, Wiley-Blackwell); click here for the chapter. A monograph focused on the demography, health and nutrition of early Holocene foragers of north India is nearing completion and scheduled for publication in British Archaeological Reports. His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies, American Philosophical Society, Indo-American Fellowship Program (Council for International Exchange of Scholars), LSB Leakey Foundation, National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, and Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.