Academic interests: Dentition, subsistence strategies/diet, human osteology, health and disease, mortuary patterns, identity, social complexity, power relations, body modifications, political economy, Mesoamerican archaeology
MA thesis title: Consequences of Contact: An Evaluation of Childhood Health Patterns Using Enamel Hypoplasias among the Colonial Maya of Tipu
Previous degrees: MA (2011), The University of Southern Mississippi, BA (2009), Auburn University
Contact information: Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org
Biography: Amanda is a fourth year Ph.D. student from the coast of Alabama. Her MA research focused on the childhood health patterns inferred from dental enamel hypoplasias of the Colonial Tipu Maya. This research became baseline data for successful adaption to Spanish colonialism and is an example of a healthy Colonial population. She has excavated skeletal collections from a Colonial French cemetery, Classic and Postclassic Maya sites, a Mississippian ossuary, a Historical Coastal cemetery, and Mexican American War Soldiers. She currently works with Dr. Christopher von Nagy on Proyecto Origenes Urbanos in Guerrero, Mexico. Her research uses dental and skeletal health to understand how subsistence strategies and political economy shape the intricate relationship between identity, power, and social complexity in Mesoamerica.