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Elizabeth S. Friedman

Elizabeth S. Friedman, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Anthropology





220 Retaliatta Engineering Center

Office Hours: 

By appointment only


Ph.D., University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (2000)
M.A., University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (1993)
B.A., University of Virginia, Anthropology (1981)

Research Interests 

Cultural anthropology
Physical and chemical analysis of archaeological material
Ancient technological processes
Material culture
Cultural ecology
Synchrotron radiation applications to archaeology


Friedman is an adjunct professor of anthropology with a specialization in cultural material and cultural adaptation to the environment. Her interest in the relationship between ancient ceramic and metal technology led her to the laboratory to analyze the composition and manufacturing processes of artifacts. She continues to conduct research on archaeological material using high-energy X-rays at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, and is a member of the Center for Synchrotron Radiation Research and Instrumentation at IIT. By virtue of having lived overseas and traveling extensively, she has participated in archaeological projects in Turkey, Israel and Peru.

Friedman is co-founder and past president of the National Professional Science Master’s Association, which promotes and supports the growth and development of professional science master’s degree programs. According to the Chicago Tribune (Sept. 22, 2011), the professional science master’s degree, which combines science with business acumen, is the “MBA of the science world.” At IIT, Friedman is program manager for the professional master’s degrees in the College of Science and Letters.