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Skidmore College
Anthropology Department
Kathryn Baustian

Kathryn Baustian

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Office: Dana Science Center 348A
Tel. (518) 580-5419
E-mail:  kbaustia@skidmore.edu
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EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2015
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2010
  • B.A.,  Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Hamline University, 2005

REGIONAL FOCUS

  • American Southwest: Mogollon, Mimbres; Near East

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

  • Human Osteology, Bioarchaeology, Forensic Anthropology, Violence and Trauma, Paleopathology, Inequality

My ongoing research explores the use and avoidance of violence in the prehistoric American Southwest.  As a bioarchaeologist for archaeological excavations in the Mimbres region of southwest New Mexico, I use my expertise in human osteology in conjunction with site context to reconstruct past health and social interaction.  I am also engaged in bioarchaeological research projects that investigate what life was like in the Bronze Age Near East, specifically the southern coast of the Arabian Gulf.  Lastly, I have interests in forensic science and serve as a forensic anthropology consultant to medico-legal agencies upon request.

COURSES

  • Anthropology of the Human Past (AN 102)
  • Anthropology of Violence (AN 251C)
  • Forensic Anthropology (AN 251C)
  • Archaeology of the American Southwest (AN 252C)
  • Biocultural Approaches to Social Inequality (AN 351C)
  • Bioarchaeology (AN 351D)
  • Human Osteology (AN 351D)

SELECTED SCHOLARSHIP

Articles

  • In Press (2018)  Baustian, KM.  Violence and Social Structure in the Mimbres Region of Southwest New Mexico: Interpretations from Bioarchaeological Data.  KIVA: Journal of Southwest Archaeology and History.
  • 2015  Roth, BJ, and Baustian, KM.  Kin Groups and Social Power at the Harris Site, Southwestern New Mexico.  American Antiquity  80(3):451-471.
  • 2013  Potts, DT, Martin, DL, Baustian, KM, and Osterholtz, AJ.  Neonates, Infant Mortality, and the Pre-Islamic Arabian Amuletic Tradition at Tell Abraq.  Liwa 5(9):3-14.
  • 2012  Baustian, KM, Harrod, RP, Osterholtz, AJ, and Martin, DL.  Battered and Abused: Analysis of Trauma at Grasshopper Pueblo (AD 1275-1400).  International Journal of Paleopathology 2(2-3):102-111.

Edited Volume

  • 2014  Osterholtz, AJ, Baustian, KM, and Martin, DL (Eds.).  Commingled and Disarticulated Human Remains: Working Towards Improved Theory, Method, and Data.   Springer Press.    

Book Chapters

  • In Press (2018)  Martin, DL, Baustian, KM, and Osterholtz, AJ.  The Tomb at Tell Abraq: Demographic Structure and Mortuary Complexity.  In Life and Death in Ancient Arabia: Mortuary and Bioarchaeological Perspectives, edited by L. Gregorika.  University Press of Florida.
  • In Revision  Baustian, KM, and Creel, D.  (Expected 2019) Bioarchaeology in the Mimbres Region.  In Readings in Southwestern Bioarchaeology, edited by A.L.W. Stodder. University Press of Florida.
  • 2016  Baustian, KM, and Anderson, CP.  Linking Health and Marriage Practices among Commingled Assemblages: A Case Study from Bronze Age Tell Abraq, UAE.  In Theoretical Approaches to the Analysis of Commingled Human Remains, edited by A. Osterholtz.  Springer Press.
  • 2015  Baustian, KM, Crandall, JJ, and Martin, DL.   Sex and the Human Skeleton.  In The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, edited by A. Bolin and P. Whelehan.  Wiley-Blackwell Press.
  • 2014  Baustian, KM.  Interpreting Skeletal Trauma and Violence at Grasshopper Pueblo (AD 1275-1400).  In Bioarchaeological and Forensic Perspectives on Violence: How Violent Death is Interpreted from Skeletal Remains, edited by DL Martin and CP Anderson.  Cambridge University Press.
  • 2014  Crandall, JJ, Harrod, RP, Anderson, CP, and Baustian, KM.   Interpreting Gunshot Trauma as Context Clue: A Case Study from Historic North Las Vegas, Nevada.  In Bioarchaeological and Forensic Perspectives on Violence: How Violent Death is Interpreted from Skeletal Remains, edited by DL Martin and CP Anderson.  Cambridge University Press.
  • 2014  Osterholtz, AJ, Baustian, KM, and Martin, DL.  Introduction.  In Commingled and Disarticulated Human Remains: Working Towards Improved Theory, Method, and Data, edited by AJ Osterholtz, KM Baustian, and DL Martin.  Springer Press.
  • 2014  Osterholtz, AJ, Baustian, KM, Martin, DL, and Potts, DT.  Commingled Human Skeletal Assemblages: Integrative Techniques in Determination of the MNI/MNE.  In Commingled and Disarticulated Human Remains: Working Towards Improved Theory, Method, and Data, edited by AJ Osterholtz, KM Baustian, and DL Martin.  Springer Press.
  • 2014  Baustian, KM, Osterholtz, AJ, and Cook, DC.  Taking Analyses of Commingled Remains into the Future:  Challenges and Prospects.  In  Commingled and Disarticulated Human Remains: Working Towards Improved Theory, Method, and Data, edited by AJ Osterholtz, KM Baustian, and DL Martin.  Springer Press.
  • 2009  Baustian, KM, Martin, DL, and Thompson, JL.  Biological Backlash or Cultural Consequence?  High Infant Mortality in Bronze Age Arabia. Proceedings of the Southwestern Anthropological Association 2009 Annual Meeting.
  • 2009  Baustian, KM and Martin, DL.  Patterns of Mortality in a Bronze Age Tomb from Tell Abraq.  Proceedings of the Society for Arabian Studies.  British Museum, London.

SELECTED GRANTS AND HONORS

  • 2018  Carryl B. Martin Research Grant, Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society
  • 2014  President’s UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • 2013  New Mexico Archaeological Council Grant
  • 2013  Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Grant
  • 2012  (November) Visiting Scientist, Forensic Anthropology Unit, New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • 2005  Phi Beta Kappa, Hamline University