Øystein LaBianca, professor of anthropology and associate director of the Institute of Archaeology, has taught at Andrews since 1981.
Before coming to Andrews, LaBianca worked at a number of other universities including Harvard University, Loma Linda University, Atlantic Union College, St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind., and also at the New England Deaconness Hospital in Boston.
LaBianca is an active researcher, spending many of his summers in Jordan at archaeological excavation sites like Tall Hisban. He has published almost every year since 1975, completing over 100 peer-reviewed articles and one monograph and edited and co-edited dozens of volumes. His work on ancient food and water systems has major implications for food systems management today. He has also published numerous articles in journals such as Current Anthropology, Andrews University Seminary Studies, Social Work in Health Care and American Journal of Archaeology. He is a member of 12 professional organizations including the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), the Archaeological Institute of America, and the Society for International Development. He has also served as a committee chair for ASOR since 2008.
LaBianca has obtained external funding for research and community service from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the McGregor Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters.