Adam Rorabaugh

Professor of Professional Practice, HRM Director

Areas of interest

Emergence of Social Inequality, Complex Non-State Societies, Lithics Analysis, Evolutionary Modeling, GIS/Spatial Analysis


  • BA, Washington State University Vancouver 2007
  • MA, Western Washington University 2009
  • PhD, Washington State University Pullman 2015


I joined the department in January 2022 after working for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and I am involved in active heritage management work with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. I am the director of the SFU Heritage Resource Management program.


My research focuses on the emergence of hereditary social inequality and modeling social learning in complex hunter-gathering-fishing societies. I work in the Salish Sea and Columbia Plateau in Washington State and British Columbia.


2020 Rorabaugh, A. N. A Critical Reassessment of the Chronology of the Wells Dam Project Area: 9,000 Years of Continuity on the Upper-Middle Columbia River. In Of Housepits and Homes: Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Houses and Settlements on the Columbia-Fraser Plateau Journal of Northwest Anthropology Memoir 19. Carney, M., Brown, J. W., and D. E. Wallen (Eds). Pp. 121-153

2019 Rorabaugh, A. N. Hunting Social Networks on the Salish Sea Before and After the Bow and Arrow. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 23: 842-843.

2017 Rorabaugh, A. N. and Shantry, K. Credibility Enhancing Displays and the Signaling of Coast Salish Resource Commitments. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. 12(3):380-397.


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.