Faculty Profile

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Peter Biehl

Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean for International Education and Enrollment


  • PhD, Archaeology/Anthropology, University of the Saarland, Saarbruecken, Germany, 1995

Professional experience:

  • Professor, Anthropology, University at Buffalo

What mentoring means to me:

My mentoring philosophy is to always have an open door in the office and lab as well as at home. I try to stress the importance of collaboration and team work, and to find the right balance between sparking students' passion and intellectual curiosity and boldness, and guiding them towards rigorous time management, research and publication planning. My objective is to create an inclusive environment that fosters collaboration and provides valuable professional development opportunities to ensure future success. 

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.
  • Class and/or socioeconomic status and related discrimination.
  • Physical health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Mental health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Racial, ethnic, cultural and/or religious minority status and related discrimination.
  • Sexual and/or gender minority status and related discrimination.

Personal Circumstances

  • Caregiving for children.
  • Caregiving for other loved ones.
  • Financial stress and strain.
  • Non-U.S. citizen or immigrant experiences.

Academic Culture

  • Considering a non-academic path after grad school.
  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Taking a non-traditional path to grad school.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.