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Samantha Yaussy

Samantha Yaussy


Temporary Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Hours: MWF 1-5
Office Location: Old Main 215
IconPhone: 435-797-9845

Educational Background

PhD, Anthropology (Biological Anthropology), University of South Carolina 2019
Certificate of Graduate Study, Applied Statistics, University of South Carolina 2016
MA, Anthropology (Biological Anthropology), University of South Carolina 2015
BA, Anthropology, Wake Forest University 2013


ANTH 3200 Perspectives on Race, ANTH 3225 Sex, Evolution, and Health


Bioarchaeology, paleodemography, paleoepidemiology, paleopathology, social determinants of health, intersectionality, developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), famine


Samantha Yaussy specializes in bioarchaeology, meaning she 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. Dr. Yaussy is a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the Paleopathology Association, the Dental Anthropology Association, and the American Anthropological Association.