Part of being an academic these days involves putting yourself out there as an expert, being the face of some topic, the person who can explain the importance of an anthropological concept to students and the public.  I have tried to take up this challenge with my personal blog, Powered by Osteons, which I envision as a public form of the informal communication that I have all the time with my colleagues.  Powered by Osteons covers topics related to archaeology, bio-anthropology, and classics.

Since May 2015, I have also been blogging as a contributor at Forbes. These posts are more focused on communicating interesting news and topics in bioarchaeology to the general public and is therefore a more professional blog, while PbO remains a more intimate site with recurring features and short, sometimes snarky posts.

And since February 2016, I have also been contributing to mental_floss, with a focus on skeletons and the classical world.

Recurring Features at Powered by Osteons:

  • Who needs an osteologist? — The rhetorical question in the title hints at the topic of the series, which showcases photographs of skeletons that are poorly identified or poorly laid out.
  • Bones Reviews — I have been reviewing every episode of the FOX television show Bones since season 6.  If you want to know what aspects of the forensics are right and wrong–or just want to know that someone else also yells at the TV on a weekly basis–do check out these reviews. In Season 11, my reviews moved to Forbes.
  • Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival — At the end of every month, I post a blog carnival (or roundup of links) about bioarchaeology in the Roman world.  Check it out and keep up with all the latest news in Roman bioarchaeology.
  • Presenting Anthropology — I taught a graduate seminar in presenting anthropological information in Spring 2013.  A large part of the course was about transforming the students into public anthropologists through social media and other outlets.  I blogged each week about the course readings and discussion, and the class created a #shareanthro hashtag for live-tweeting our class meetings.
Both Powered by Osteons and my Forbes blog have been cited in several anthropological publications, including but not limited to:
Another part of being a public anthropologist is commenting on newsworthy research and providing expert opinions and information to journalists.  I have been interviewed for a variety of bioarchaeology- and academia-related news stories, including: