Temporary Assistant Professor
Samantha Yaussy earned her MA and PhD in anthropology from the University of South Carolina. As a bioarchaeologist, Dr. Yaussy explores the ways that data from human skeletal remains can inform our understanding of life in the past. Her research examines how social and biological factors influence the risks of death and how these factors can often impact patterns of disease and mortality in complex ways (intersectionality theory). Her work also emphasizes the many bioarchaeological applications of the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) hypothesis, which posits that early life experiences can affect health in later life. She is a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the Paleopathology Association, the Dental Anthropology Association, and the American Anthropological Association.