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Brenda J. Baker

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Associate Professor
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Biography

Associate Professor,  School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Field Specializations:   Bioarchaeology, Human Osteology, Paleopathology

Regional Foci:   North Africa (Egypt and Sudan), Cyprus, North America (Midwest, Northeast, Southwest)

Dr. Baker is a core faculty member of the Center for Bioarchaeological Research and Head of the Bioarchaeology approach (subfield) since 2012. Dr. Baker taught previously at Tufts University (1992) and Minnesota State University Moorhead (1993-94), and was Director of the Repatriation Program and Curator of Human Osteology at the New York State Museum from 1994-1998. She is the founding co-editor of the new journal, Bioarchaeology International.  Dr. Baker has served on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2012-2015), as an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Paleopathology (2010-2015), and is a founding Steering Committee member of the Western Bioarchaeology Group (2012-present). Dr. Baker's teaching includes upper-division undergraduate courses on the Global History of Health, Life and Death in Ancient Egypt, Bioarchaeology, undergraduate and graduate courses in human osteology, and graduate courses in paleopathology and The Bioarchaeology of Children and Childhood.

 

Education

PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

MA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

BA, Northwestern University

Research Interests

Dr. Baker’s research encompasses bioarchaeology, mortuary archaeology, human osteology, and paleopathology, emphasizing the investigation of human skeletal remains within their archaeological contexts to reconstruct past lifeways and the health status of ancient people. Dr. Baker directs the Bioarchaeology of Nubia Expedition (BONE) in northern Sudan, currently funded with a multi-year grant of $1.81 million from the Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project.  She has also received grants from the Institute for Bioarchaeology, National Science Foundation, Packard Humanities Institute, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. She has been the bioarchaeologist for the University of Pennsylvania Museum-Yale University-Institute of Fine Arts, New York University Expedition to Abydos (since 1988) conducting burial excavation and analysis of human remains from both cemetery and settlement contexts at this important ancient Egyptian site. She is also the bioarchaeologist for Princeton University's expedition at Polis, Cyprus, (since 2005), where she has focused on burials from two medieval basilicas.  Baker has also participated in excavations in the southwestern, midwestern, and northeastern U.S. Other research interests include the impact of contact between Europeans and Native Americans through analyses of health status and mortuary practices, and the differential diagnosis of disease in past populations, particularly concerning treponematosis and tuberculosis. 
 

Publications
  1. Kleinitz, Cornelia, Rupert Till, and Brenda J. Baker. The Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project--Archaeology and acoustics of rock gongs in the ASU BONE concession above the Fourth Nile Cataract, Sudan: A preliminary report.. Sudan & Nubia (2015).

  2. Edited book: Baker, Brenda J. and Takeyuki Tsuda (editors). Migration and Disruptions: Toward a Unified Theory in Studies of Ancient and Contemporary Migrations. University Press of Florida (2015).

  3. Book chapter: Baker, Brenda J. and Takeyuki Tsuda. Introduction: Bridging the Past and Present in Assessing Migration.. Migration and Disruptions: Toward a Unified Theory in Studies of Ancient and Contemporary Migrations. University Press of Florida (2015).

  4. Book chapter: Tsuda, Takeyuki and Brenda J. Baker. Conclusion: Migration and disruptions from prehistory through the present.. Migration and Disruptions: Toward a Unified Theory in Studies of Ancient and Contemporary Migrations. University Press of Florida (2015).

  5. Book chapter: Tsuda, Takeyuki, Brenda J. Baker, George Cowgill, James Eder, Kelly Knudson, Jonathan Maupin, Lisa Meierotto, and Rachel E. Scott. Unifying themes in studies of ancient and contemporary migration.. Migration and Disruptions: Toward a Unified Theory in Studies of Ancient and Contemporary Migrations. University Press of Florida (2015).

  6. Baker, Brenda J.. Tracking Transitions in the Fourth Cataract Region of el-Ginefab: Results of the Arizona State University Fieldwork, 2007-2009.. The Fourth Cataract and Beyond: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference for Nubian Studies, edited by Julie R. Anderson and Derek A. Welsby. British Museum Publications on Egypt and Sudan 1. Peeters, Leuven (2014).

  7. Baker, Brenda J., and Katelyn L. Bolhofner. Biological and social implications of a medieval burial from Cyprus for understanding leprosy in the past. International Journal of Paleopathology (2013).  

  8. Baker, Brenda J.. Human Remains, Analysis of.. Oxford Companion to Archaeology, 2nd ed.. Oxford University Press (2012).

  9. Baker, Brenda J.. Paleopathology.. Oxford Companion to Archaeology, 2nd ed.. Oxford University Press (2012).

  10. Baker, Brenda J.. Physical Anthropology.. Oxford Companion to Archaeology, 2nd ed.. Oxford University Press (2012).

  11. Book chapter: Brenda J. Baker and Amy Papalexandrou. A Bioarchaeological Perspective on the Burials and Basilicas of Medieval Polis, Cyprus..Bioarchaeology and Behavior: The People of the Ancient Near East. University Press of Florida (2012).

  12. Book chapter: Brenda J. Baker and Margaret A. Judd. Development of Paleopathology in the Nile Valley.. The Global History of Paleopathology: Pioneers and Prospects. Oxford University Press (2012).

  13. Book chapter: Brenda J. Baker, Claire E. Terhune, and Amy Papalexandrou. Sew Long? The Osteobiography of a Woman from Medieval Polis, Cyprus.. The Bioarchaeology of Individuals. University Press of Florida (2012).

  14. Book chapter: Marta Díaz-Zorita Bonilla and Brenda J. Baker. Bioarqueología de Nubia: resultados preliminares de las campañas de 2007-2009 del proyecto MDASP en la zona de la 4ª Catarata, norte de Sudán.. Paleopatología: ciencia multidisciplinar. Proceedings of the X Congreso Nacional de Paleopatología.. Sociedad Española de Paleopatología (2011).

  15. Baker, Brenda J.. King Tutankhamun’s Family and Demise. Journal of the American Medical Association (2010).

  16. . Review of: Human Remains in Archaeology: A Handbook. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2010).

  17. Terrence B. Ritzman, Brenda J. Baker, Gary T. Schwartz. A Fine Line: A Comparison of Methods for Estimating Ages of Linear Enamel Hypoplasia Formation. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2008).

  18. Baker, Brenda J.. Post-Meroitic to Early Christian Period Mortuary Activity at Ginefab: The 2007 Field Season of the UCSB-ASU Fourth Cataract Project.. Actes de la 4e Conférence Internationale sur L’Archéologie de la 4e Cataracte du Nil, edited by Brigitte Gratien. CRIPEL (Cahiers de recherches de l’Institut de papyrologie et égyptologie de Lille), Université Charles-de-Gaulle-Lille 3, Lille, France. (2008).

  19. Gregory Lekovic, Brenda Baker, Jill Lekovic, Mark Preul. New World Cranial Deformation Practices: Historical Implications for Pathophysiology of Cognitive Impairment in Deformational Plagiocephaly. Neurosurgery (2007).

  20. Baker, Brenda J, Dupras, Tosha L, Tocheri, Matthew W, Wheeler, Sandra M. The Osteology of Infants and Children. Texas A&M University Press (2005).

  21. Book chapter: Baker, Brenda J (Author) . Patterns of Pre- and Post-Columbian Treponematosis in the Northeastern United States. Debunking the Myth of Syphilis: The Natural History of Treponematosis in North America. University Press of Florida (2005).

  22. Review of: Reconstructing Ancient Maya Diet. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology (2002).

  23. Book chapter: Baker, Brenda J. A Bioarchaeological Investigation of Contact in Seventeenth Century Southern New England. The Archaeology of Contact: Processes and Consequences. The Archaeological Association of the University of Calgary (2002).

  24. Review of: Sex and Gender in Paleopathological Perspective. Human Biology (2001).

  25. Book chapter: Baker, Brenda J,Varney, Tamara L.,Wilkinson, Richard G.,Anderson, Lisa M.,Liston, Maria A.. Repatriation and the Study of Human Remains. The Future of the Past: Archaeologists, Native Americans, and Repatriation. Garland Publishing (2001).

Research Activity
  • Baker,Brenda J*. Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project: Bioarchaeology of Nubia Expedition (BONE) Project. (9/1/2013 - 8/30/2018).
  • Baker,Brenda J*, Tsuda,Takeyuki. Workshop: Disruptions as a Cause and Consequence of Migration in Human History. WENNER-GREN FDN(1/1/2012 - 6/30/2012).
  • Baker,Brenda J*. Bioarchaeology of Abydos Egypt. MISC PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS(11/22/2010 - 12/31/2016).
  • Baker,Brenda J*. Ancient Nubians and early African States in the 4th Cateract region of Sudan, UCSB-ASU MDASP 2009 - subaward from UCSB. UNIV OF CA AT SANTA BARBARA(12/22/2008 - 6/30/2011).
  • Baker,Brenda J*. Ancient Nubian Identity and Interaction with Early African States in the 4th Cataract Region of Sudan. UNIV OF CA AT SANTA BARBARA(10/15/2007 - 12/31/2009).
  • Baker,Brenda J*. Collaborative Research: Investigating Ancient Nubian Identity and Interaction with Early African States in the Fourth Cataract Region of Sudan. NSF-SBE(2/1/2007 - 12/31/2010).
  • Baker,Brenda J*. Ancient Nubian Identity and Interaction with Early African States in the 4th Cataract Region of Sudan. UNIV OF CA AT SANTA BARBARA(12/15/2006 - 6/30/2008).
  • Baker,Brenda J*. BIOARCHAEOLOGY OF EARLY DYNASTIC ROYAL FUNERARY MONUMENTS OF ABYDOS, EGYPT. NEW YORK UNIV(8/16/2001 - 1/15/2002).
  • Baker,Brenda J*. MIDDLE CEMETERY EXCAVATION AT ABYDOS, EGYPT. NEW YORK UNIV(8/16/1999 - 12/31/1999).
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 598Special Topics
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 592Research
ASM 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 332Life & Death in Ancient Egypt
ASM 450Bioarchaeology
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 592Research
ASM 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 583Fieldwork
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SSH 301Global History of Health
ASB 301Global History of Health
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 611Paleopathology
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
ASM 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 592Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 484Internship
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 583Fieldwork
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 332Life & Death in Ancient Egypt
AFR 332Life & Death in Ancient Egypt
ASM 484Internship
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 497Honors Colloquium
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASM 591Seminar
ASM 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 592Research
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 484Internship
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 583Fieldwork
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 450Bioarchaeology
ASM 484Internship
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 555Advanced Human Osteology
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 592Research
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 484Internship
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASM 583Fieldwork
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
Honors / Awards

International Journal of Paleopathology, Certificate of Excellence in Peer Review, June 2014

Society for American Archaeology, Outstanding Professional/Non-Student Poster Award, 1995

 

Editorships

Founding Co-Editor-in-Chief, Bioarchaeology International, 2015-present.

Associate Editor, International Journal of Paleopathology, July 2010-November 2015.

Professional Associations
American Anthropological Association, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, American Research Center in Egypt, American Schools of Oriental Research, International Society for Nubian Studies, Paleopathology Association, Sigma Xi, Society for American Archaeology, Sudan Archaeological Research Society
Service

INVITED ACADEMIC AND PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

2016  Sudanese Antiquity: New Insights from the Bioarchaeology of Nubia Expedition.  Invited lectures for the Egypt Exploration Organization of Southern California (Los Angeles), Orange County (Santa Ana) and Northern California (Berkeley) chapters of the American Research Center in Egypt, May 14-15, 2016.

2014   Bioarchaeology at Abydos, Egypt, Invited speaker for Coffee and Conversations series in conjunction with the exhibit, “Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science,” Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, August 5; The Past Teaching the Present: Application of Palaeopathology in Understanding Modern Health, Student Action Committee Workshop panelist.  41st Annual North American Meeting of the Paleopathology Association, Calgary, April 8; How to Get Published (Ethically!) in Scientific Journals Workshop panelist, 41st Annual North American Meeting of the Paleopathology Association, Calgary, April 8.

2011    Bioarchaeology of Nubia, The Verdes ASU Lecture Series, Rio Verde, AZ, January.

2010   Tut, Tut!  Mummies and Mysteries for Halloween, ASU chapter, Sigma Xi Science Café, October 27; Bioarchaeology at the Nile’s Fourth Cataract, 2007-2009.  Desert Foothills chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, March 10.

2009   Secrets of Nubia: Egypt’s Neighbor and Nemesis, North Texas Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), November 21; Ancient Nubia: A New View from the Fourth Cataract, Northern California Chapter of ARCE, September 27; Courtiers and Commoners: Reconstructing Past Lifeways at Abydos, Egypt, Seminar for Archaeology and Cultural Studies of Northeast Africa (AKNOA), Institute for Archaeology, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, July 7; Guest Scientist, Bab ed Drah' Bioarchaeology Summer Program, National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site, co-directed by Dr. Susan Guise Sheridan and Jaime Ullinger, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, June 25-26; Bioarchaeology in the Nile Valley and Cyprus.  Bioarchaeology Brown Bag Lecture Series, SHESC, October 9.

2008   Conducting Bioarchaeological Research Abroad, OVPREA Office for Research Integrity and Assurance Luncheon on Export Controls, December 5; Bioarchaeology in the Nile Valley and Cyprus, Bioarchaeology Brown Bag Lecture Series, SHESC, October 3.

2007   Egypt’s Earliest Kings and their Courtiers, Sacrifices for the State?  Central Arizona Chapter, American Archaeological Institute, December 3; Archaeological Fieldwork at the Fourth Cataract of the Nile River in Sudan, Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, October 11; Sudan's Other Crisis: Archaeological Salvage at the Merowe Dam Project, guest on the one-hour radio program, The Dig: Modern Solutions from the Ancient Mind, hosted by Katarina Lang, KPHX 1480 AM, NOVA-M Radio Network, broadcast October 7; Abydos--Ancient and Mysterious Home of Egypt's First Kings,  guest on the one-hour radio program, The Dig: Modern Solutions from the Ancient Mind, hosted by Katarina Lang, KPHX 1480 AM, NOVA-M Radio Network, broadcast on September 23; Archaeology of the Fourth Cataract, Sudan, Archaeology-Bioarchaeology Brown Bag Lecture Series, SHESC, September 21.

2006   Bioarchaeology of Medieval Arsinoe, Cyprus, Bioarchaeology Brown Bag Lecture Series, SHESC, September 15; Ancient Nubia:  Egypt’s Neighbor and Nemesis, Central Arizona Chapter, American Archaeological Institute, September 11; Archaeology in Sudan, Desert Foothills chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, April 12.

2005   Middle Kingdom of Egypt, Spirit of the Senses Salon, Scottsdale, August 18; Skeletal Paleopathology with Radiologic Correlation, Radiology Education Conference presented with Dr. Ethan Braunstein, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, May 20; Bioarchaeology at Abydos, Egypt, invited lecture for faculty/staff enrichment program at Glendale Community College, May 5; Paleopathology workshop for the Desert Foothills chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, January 31.
 
2003   Excavating Newly Discovered First Dynasty Royal Funerary Enclosures at Abydos, Egypt,  Archaeological Institute of America, Central Arizona Society, December 4; Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt: Recent Excavations at Abydos, Yavapai Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, Prescott, June 19.
 
2002  Life and Death on the Nile, Desert Foothills chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, May 8; Beyond the Massacre:  Bioarchaeology at Fort William Henry, New York, Phoenix chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, March 14.

2001  Skeletons of War:  The French and Indian War Soldiers from Fort William Henry, NY, Desert Foothills chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, Scottsdale, May 9; Mummies, Tombs, and Tons of Sand:  Excavating the Old Kingdom Cemetery at Abydos, Egypt, Archaeological Institute of America, Central Arizona Society, January 24.

2000  Excavating in Egypt: Recent Work at Abydos,Global Ancestors II lecture series bythe ASU Department of Anthropology, Phoenix Public Library, September 27; Excavating in Egypt: The Abydos Middle Cemetery, 1999, Phoenix chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, May 11 and Desert Foothills chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society,  Cave Creek, March 8.

1999  Life and Death on the Nile, Phoenix chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, Pueblo Grande Museum, April 8.

OTHER OUTREACH

Consulted for article in USA Today concerning a publication on ancient Egyptian shoulder wounds at Amarna, October 2015.

Developed a Bioarchaeology of Nubia Expedition (BONE) informational tri-fold brochure in English and Arabic versions that was distributed to local communities and schools, archaeologists, and tourists in Sudan, January-March 2015.

Provided information on Fort William Henry skeletal remains to Shine TV for production of program in “History Cold Case USA” series for the National Geographic Channel, facilitated shipment and return of one skeleton, and participated in May filming in Lake George, New York, March-November 2011.  The program, entitled “The Last Mohican?” was broadcast on March 29, 2012.

Interview subject/lab tour for a group from Dr. Pauline Davies’ course, “Bridging the Two Cultures,” Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, October 29, 2008.

Interviewed by Judith Smith for ASU Insight article on fieldwork in Sudan, entitled “No bones about it:  Anthropologist Digs Sudan,” published November 9, 2007.

Supplied information for article in Highlights for Children on ancient Egyptian dental health to Jennifer Tanis, 2005-2006.

Supplied information to National Geographic researchers for an article in preparation on the Early Dynastic royal funerary enclosures and subsidiary burials at Abydos, Egypt, December 2004. 

Participated in filming at Abydos, Egypt, for a National Geographic Channel documentary on the Early Dynastic royal funerary complexes at Abydos, Egypt, June 2004.

Contributor to ASU’s Ask a Biologist.  

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Member, Executive Committee, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, elected to 3-year term from April 2012-April 2015. 

Chair, Nominations Committee, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, April 2012-April 2015.

Steering committee and founding member of the Western Bioarchaeology Group (WeBiG), April 2012-present.

Secretary, ASU Chapter of Sigma Xi, May 2009-August 2011.

Member, Career Development Committee, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, April 2008-April 2012.

Member, Nominations Committee, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, 2004-05 and 2009-10.

Panelist, National Science Foundation, Physical Anthropology Program Dissertation Improvement Grants, 2006.

Reviewer, Proposed Master of Arts program in Anthropology at North Carolina State University, May 2005.

Co-Chair, Student Concerns Committee, Paleopathology Association, March 2001-April 2005. 

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Northeast Anthropology, 1995-present.

Co-Organizer (with Elizabeth Miller), Bring Your Own Slides Workshop for the 31st Annual Meeting of the Paleopathology Association, Tampa, April 13, 2004.

Chair, Session VI, The Fourth Cataract Archaeological Salvage Project 1996–2009, Gdańsk, Poland, July 2009; 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Paleopathology I contributed papers, Tampa, April 2004; 27th Annual Meeting of the Paleopathology Association, Contributed Papers, San Antonio, April 2000; Bioarchaeology general session, 64th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Chicago, March 1999; Paleopathology contributed papers, 67th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Salt Lake City, April 1998; Poster session chair, 66th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, St. Louis, April 1997.

Reviewer, University Press of Florida book manuscript, 2013.

Reviewer of book proposals for Elsevier/Academic Press (1) and Wiley-Liss (2), 2005. 

Reviewer of manuscripts for American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 1992-present; American Antiquity, 2000-2004; Current Anthropology, 1992, 1997, 2005, 2006; Journal of Anthropological Sciences, 2010; Journal of Archaeological Science, 2009; Journal of Human Evolution, 2004; International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 2006-present, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 2015; Yearbook of Physical Anthropology, 2015.

Reviewer of grant proposals for the National Science Foundation Archaeology Program (2012), Physical Anthropology Program (senior proposal), 2010; Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Canada, 2004, 2010; the Wellcome Trust, UK, 2005; the Swiss National Science Foundation, 2015; and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, 2000.

Reviewer of abstracts for the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, 1995; the Paleopathology Association, 2000, 2004, 2011; and the Western Bioarchaeology Group, 2013-2015.

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY SERVICE (1998-present)

CLAS Student Academic Affairs and Grievances Committee, member, AY 2010-11, Spring 2012.

Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, consulted on development of new, streamlined Sponsored Project Cash Advance Policy and procedures; commented on revisions of draft documents, 2009-2011.

Faculty Technology Focus Group, April 2008-2009.

Academic Senate representative, AY 2005-06.

CLAS Senator, AY 2002-03, 2003-04, Fall 2004.

Member, IGERT faculty in Neural and Musculoskeletal Adaptations in Form and Function, Fall 2001-Spring 2003.

Judge, Graduate Earth and Life Sciences Symposium, Feb. 20, 2004.

UNIT SERVICE AT ASU

Head, Bioarchaeology Approach (4-6 faculty, 18-24 graduate students), SHESC, August 2012-present.

Member, SHESC Executive Committee, August 2012-January 2016.

Bioarchaeology representative, SHESC Graduate Committee, Fall 2006, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, August 2012-present. 

Curator, Ragsdale Bone Pathology Collection, 2003-present.

Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committee for Assistant Professor Rachel Scott, March-September 2012.

Member, SHESC Research Committee, AY 2010-11, Spring 2012.

Discussant, First Annual SHESC Undergraduate Research Symposium, Spring 2011.

Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committee for Assistant Professor Kelly Knudson, April-September 2010.

Member, Research subcommittee for Promotion and Tenure of Assistant Professor Christopher Stojanowski, Fall 2009; Assistant Professor Gwyneira Isaac, Fall 2008; Assistant Professor Hjorleifur Jonsson, Fall 2004.

Member, SHESC Awards Committee, Spring 2010.

Member, Professional Conduct Committee, AY 2006-07, 2007-08. 

Bioarchaeology Advisor, AY 2002-03, 2003-04, Fall 2004, Fall 2006.

Member, Search Committee for Assistant Professor in Old World Bioarchaeology, AY 2005-06; Professor in Human Health, Fall 2004; Museum Curator, AY 2003-04; Museum Studies Search Committee, AY 2001-02. 

Member, Museum of Anthropology Steering Committee, AY 2002-03, 2003-04, Fall 2004.

Member, Interview Committee for Sharon Harlan Transfer, Fall 2004.

Member, Undergraduate Committee, AY 1998-2000, 2003-04.

Member, Personnel Committee, AY 2001-02, 2002-03.

Acting Physical Anthropology Subdiscipline Head, January–February 2003.

Chair, Anne Stone Interview Committee for Molecular Genetics position, January-March 2003.

Member, Ad-hoc committee for molecular genetics hire, November 2002-January 2003.

Member, Bioarchaeology Inter-subdisciplinary Program, 1998-2002.

Colloquium Coordinator, AY 2000-01.

Member, subcommittee for Physical Anthropology graduate student evaluation, Spring 2001, 2002.

Member, subcommittee for ASM 101/103 development, Spring 2001.

Member, Interview committee for Curtis Marean, Targeted IHO hire in African Archaeology, Dec. 2000.

Co-chair, subcommittee for development of Physical Anthropology Student Evaluation Criteria, Spring 2000.

Co-chair, subcommittee for revision of the Physical Anthropology MA/PhD curriculum, Fall 1998.

 

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History
DOCTORAL COMMITTEE CHAIR: Scott E. Burnett, Developmental Variation in South African Bantu: Variant Co-Occurrence and Skeletal Asymmetry, December 2005; Cassandra L. Kuba, Ph.D. Candidate, Nonmetric Traits and the Identification of Family Groups in the Archaeological Record, May 2006; Kristen M. Hartnett, A Re-evaluation and Revision of Pubic Symphysis and Sternal Rib End Aging Techniques Using a Modern Multiracial Autopsy Sample, May 2007; Denise To, Three-dimensional Modeling of Joint Surface Area: An Assessment of its Value in Determining Skeletal Sex and Age at Death, December 2008. In progress: Jason Crosby, Evaluating the role of pastoralism and impact on health in the transition from foraging to food production among Mesolithic-Kerma period populations in the Nile Valley; Annie Laurie Norris, weaning diet and preadult morbidity in ancient Nubians from the Ginefab School site (late Meroitic to Christian period). DOCTORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: D. Troy Case, Who’s Related to Whom? Skeletal Kinship Analysis in Medieval Danish Cemeteries, May 2003; Annalisa Alvrus, The Conqueror Worm: Schistosomiasis in Ancient Nubia, May 2006;; E. Melanie Ryan (Australian National University, Associate Supervisor), Chamorro Health and Illness at a Prehistoric Coastal Habitation Site in Tumon Bay, Guam, 2010. MASTER’S COMMITTEE CHAIR: Sara Stager, An Analysis of Patterns of Osteoarthritis (OA) in the Engelbert Population with a Methodological Examination of the Relationship between Surface and Marginal OA, May 2001; Korri Dee Turner, Taphonomic Analysis of Disarticulated and Fragmented Human Remains from the Seed Jar Site, 5MT3892, in SW Colorado, May 2002; Tamrat Wodajo, Analysis of Dental Pathology from the Nubian Site of Semna South, May 2003; Matthew W. Tocheri, The Effects of Aging on the Development and Expression of Nine Cranial Hyperostotic Nonmetric Traits, May 2003; Frances Black (co-chair with Michelle Hegmon), Cremation among the Classic Period Hohokam at Pueblo Grande: Continuity of a Normative Burial Practice Alongside New Mortuary Dimensions, May 2004; Kristin De Lucia (co-chair with Chris Carr), Christianity in Spanish Florida: Searching for the Hidden Transcript in the Mortuary Record, May 2005; Anne Moore, Identification of Tuberculosis in the Colorado Mental Health Institution Cemetery No. 2, December 2005; Amanda Wissler, Social and Age Identities in Predynastic Egypt. MA in Passing, May 2015; Tommy Budd III, Growing up in Ancient Nubia: Preadult Skeletal Growth in Post-Meroitic and Christian Period Nubia. MA in Passing, December 2015. MASTER’S COMMITTEE MEMBER: Denise To, Bioarchaeology of a Disarticulated Multiple Burial, Los Pilarillos, Zacatecas, Mexico, December 1999; Anna Konstantatos, Dental Health and Disease at the Roman-Era Site of Fiskardo on the Island of Cephalonia, Greece, May 2000; Dacia Tucholke, Agricultural Dependence, Processing Tool Technology, and Residential Mobility in the Mimbres Classic to Reorganization Phase Transition, May 2003; Mary Aubin, Brucellosis in Ancient Nubia: Morbidity in Biocultural Perspective through Time at Semna South, Nubia, May 2004; Kathleen Faccia, Schmorl’s Nodes: Clinical Significance and Implications for the Bioarcheological Record, December 2004; Mary Leonard, Mycobacterium tuberculosis Strains from the Contact Period in North America: Implications for the Evolutionary History of TB, defended May 23, 2006; Charisse Carver, completed MA in passing, May 2008; Kelly Harkins, awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2008; completed MA in passing, December 2009; Michael Moramarco, awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2010; completed MA in passing, December 2011; Hallie Edmonds, completed MA in passing, May 2012; Rebecca Bookman, enrolled Fall 2014, completing MA in passing, May 2016; Aliya Hoff, enrolled Fall 2014, completing MA in passing, May 2016.
Work History
Associate Professor, 2002-present, School of Human Evolution & Social Change (Department of Anthropology prior to 2005), Arizona State University, Tempe; Assistant Professor, 1998-2002, Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University, Tempe; Senior Scientist (Bioarchaeology), Curator of Human Osteology and Director of Repatriation Program, Anthropological Survey, New York State Museum, Albany, NY, June 1994-July 1998; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University at Albany, SUNY, 1995-1998; Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Moorhead State University, Minnesota, 1993-1994; Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tufts University, Fall 1992.
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