Professor of Anthropology
Alumni Hall 201C
My research interests include the prehistory of the eastern United States and Andean South America, the origins and health consequences of social and economic transitions (agriculture, state, European contact), and skeletal biology as a means of interpreting the nutritional and health status of past populations. I approach health as a process that is influenced by biology, behavior, ecology, and environment. The dynamic interplay of those variables acts to create dynamic disease environments that have shifted through time and space, and are continuing to shift. Although I focus on past populations in my research, I am very interested in contemporary global health issues.