Jessica L. Campbell

Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY [In Progress]
M.A. Human Biology, University of Indianapolis, 2015
B.S.  History, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, 2005


Research Interests:
Forensic Anthropology, Biological Profile, Human Rights and Identification, Statistical Modeling

Area of Study / Field site:

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Sean Rafferty; Biological Anthropology and Archaeology

CV Link
Institute for Mesoamerican Studies Profile
Beyond Borders

I research questions regarding the skeletal biological profile, and currently I focus on the estimation of adult skeletal age at death, and the factors that may influence the osteobiography such as pathological conditions that involve developmental or degenerative trends. I attempt this research in a Bayesian theoretical framework.

In the recent past, I received my master of science degree from the University of Indianapolis. While in Indiana, I trained as a forensic anthropologist in the recovery and analysis of skeletal remains from various forensic contexts, and served a year as the Laboratory Manager for the former Archeology and Forensics Lab. I was also part of a team tasked with the exhumation of unidentified individuals (migrants) in Texas and the subsequent effort to identify and repatriate them.


2017 – Present Research Fellow. New York State Museum – Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY.
May 2017 Visiting Scientist. New York City – Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Forensic Anthropology Fellowship Program.
2016 – Present Instructor of Record. University at Albany – SUNY, Albany, NY. Forensic Anthropology, Human Osteology
2015 – 2016 Adjunct Laboratory Instructor. Sage College of Albany, Albany, NY. General Biology
2014 – 2015 Adjunct Instructor. University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN. Introduction to Anatomy
2013 – 2014 Graduate Laboratory Manager. University of Indianapolis Archeology and Forensics Laboratory (AFL)

Funding for Students:
2018 University at Albany – SUNY Center for Experiential Education Mini-Grant ($500, pending) for students conducting original research projects in Forensic Anthropology (Fall 2018, AANT 314)

Funding & Awards:
2017 Pollitzer Travel Award, American Association of Physical Anthropologists
2016 Forensic Sciences Foundation Student Affiliate Scholarship
2018 University at Albany – SUNY Graduate Student Association Professional Development Grant
2018 Graduate Student Employees Union (UAlbany Chapter) Professional Development Award
2018 Benevolent Association Research Grant, University at Albany
2017 University at Albany – SUNY Graduate Student Association Research Grant
2016 University at Albany – SUNY Graduate Student Association Professional Development Grant
2015 Human Biology Graduate Student of the Year, University of Indianapolis
2014 University of Indianapolis (Graduate Research Grant, awarded to Dr. SA Nawrocki (advisor, thesis) to fund graduate student travel to Pretoria, South Africa