My research focuses on embodied experiences of religious identity, institutional practices, and structural and interpersonal violence. I have ongoing projects in early medieval Central Europe and the 19th century American West that explore intersections of identity, social institutions, and the body. I integrate skeletal analysis, material culture, and historical sources to address the interactions between human bodies and their broader social, cultural and physical environments.
Bioarchaeology, historical archaeology, mortuary archaeology, embodiment, religious identity
ANTH 1155 - Exploring Global Cultural Diversity
Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
Examines the geography, kinship, politics and religious values of various cultures globally in historical and contemporary context through an anthropological perspective. Check with department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
ANTH 4130 - Advanced Osteology
Detailed study of the human skeleton with special attention to health and demographic conditions in prehistoric cultures and the evaluation of physical characteristics and genetic relationships of prehistoric populations. Recommended prerequisites: ANTH 2010 and ANTH 2020 and ANTH 4000 and students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors). Same as ANTH 5130.
ANTH 4180 - Anthropological Perspectives: Contemporary Issues
Students read, discuss, and write critical evaluations of contemporary publications in anthropology. Identifies basic themes that inform major anthropological perspectives. Students then bring these perspectives to bear on issues currently facing the human species. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.