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Overview

  • Amy Michael is a biological anthropologist specializing in the investigation of human tooth and bone microstructure in an effort to answer questions about past and modern bodies. Using the principles of skeletal biology, Michael asks questions about health, pathology and age-at-death to better understand people in the past and present. With training in bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology and historical archaeology, Amy has worked on field projects in the United States, Belize and Albania. Dr. Michael is passionate about bringing a social justice perspective to her work on forensic cold cases. She is a founding board member and Director of Professional Collaboration t for the Trans Doe Task Force, a grassroots organization led by forensic genealogists and anthropologists, which works to identify transgender and non-binary decedents in forensic cases.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2021 Genes, Race, Ancestry, and Identity in Forensic Anthropology: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary ConcernsForensic Genomics.  1:41-46. 2021
    2021 The Triad Approach for Human Identification: The Role of Biological Anthropologists in Collaborative Forensic Genetic Genealogy EffortsForensic Genomics.  1:60-71. 2021
    2020 Bridging the gap in identification: Sella turcica bridging as a potential positive identification factorForensic Imaging.  21:200384-200384. 2020
    2020 Estimating Age of Mature Adults from Degeneration of the Medial End of the Clavicle in an African American SampleJournal of Forensic Anthropology.  3:39-49. 2020
    2020 Ancient history and new beginnings: necrogeography and migration in the North American midcontinentWorld Archaeology.  52:16-34. 2020
    2016 Chronic alcoholism and bone remodeling processes: Caveats and considerations for the forensic anthropologist.Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine Police Surgeon Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine.  38:87-92. 2016
    Histological Analysis of Dentition in Rockshelter Burials from Two Sites in Central Belize
    Histological estimation of age at death in amputated lower limbs: Issues of disuse, advanced age, and disease in the analysis of pathological boneJournal of Clinical Forensic Medicine Police Surgeon Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
    Ritual landscapes of the Caves Branch River ValleyResearch Reports in Belizean Archaeology
    Social identity and geographic origin of Maya burials at Actun Uayazba Kab, Roaring Creek Valley, BelizeJournal of Anthropological Archaeology
    The current state of research on ancient Maya rockshelter use in Central BelizeResearch Reports in Belizean Archaeology
    The first five years of the Central Belize Archaeological Survey – political and economic developmentResearch Reports in Belizean Archaeology

    Article

    Year Title
    Maya mortuary landscapes, Central BelizeAntiquity

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2018 Understanding Late Classic Maya mortuary ritual in caves: dental evidence of health from macro- and microscopic defects and caries. 2018
    Human identification using skull-photo superimposition and forensic image comparison

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    Other Research Activities

    Teaching Activities

  • Bioarchaeology Taught course 2021
  • Intro to Forensic Anth Taught course 2021
  • Intro to Forensic Anth Taught course 2021
  • Intro to Forensic Anth Taught course 2021
  • Intro to Forensic Anth Taught course 2021
  • Advanced Topics Taught course 2020 - 2021
  • Human Evolution, Fossils & DNA Taught course 2020 - 2021
  • Internship Taught course 2020
  • Intro to Forensic Anth Taught course 2020
  • Intro to Forensic Anth Taught course 2020
  • Spc Top/Bioarcheology Taught course 2020
  • Adv Rsrch Exp/Anthropology Taught course 2020
  • Honors Senior Thesis Taught course 2020
  • Intro to Forensic Anth Taught course 2020
  • Sem/Legal Issues Forensic Anth Taught course 2020
  • Senior Thesis Taught course 2020
  • Spec Top/Osteology Taught course 2020
  • Human Evolution, Fossils & DNA Taught course 2019 - 2020
  • Honors Senior Thesis Taught course 2019
  • Human Evolution, Fossils & DNA Taught course 2019
  • Intro to Forensic Anth Taught course 2019
  • Rsrch Exp/Anthropology Taught course 2019
  • Senior Thesis Taught course 2019
  • Spc Top/Cold Cases Taught course 2019
  • Human Evolution, Fossils & DNA Taught course 2019
  • Intro to Forensic Anth Taught course 2019
  • Spec Top/Osteology Taught course 2019
  • Human Evolution, Fossils & DNA Taught course 2018
  • Intro to Forensic Anth Taught course 2018
  • Intro to Forensic Anth Taught course 2018
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Anthropology, University of Iowa
  • M.A. Anthropology, Michigan State University
  • Ph.D. Anthropology, Michigan State University
  • Full Name

  • Amy Michael