I am a biological anthropologist at the University of West Florida whose research primarily focuses on theorizing migration in antiquity and on understanding urban development and collapse through the analysis of human skeletal remains. My focus is on learning more about the daily lives of the lower classes in Imperial Rome through osteological and biochemical analysis, but I have also worked on questions of population interaction in the southeastern U.S. and in Medieval Germany.
My educational background includes degrees in Latin (BA, University of Virginia), Classical Archaeology (BA, University of Virginia; MA, UNC Chapel Hill), and Anthropology (MA, East Carolina University; PhD, UNC Chapel Hill). I have a strong commitment to interdisciplinary work, as my research and teaching bridge the sometimes large divide between classics and anthropology. I am also a contributor to the online science news network at Forbes, with a column on anthropology, archaeology, and classics, and a contributor at mental_floss, where I write about skeletons and the classical world.
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(Header image: Allegory of Death, mosaic from Pompeii, 1st century AD, at the Museo Archeologica Nazionale, Naples, Italy)