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:
Human Pathological Condition and Degeneration Trends

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

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Institute for Mesoamerican Studies Profile
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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.


Currently, I am a Dissertation Fellow at the NY State Museum in the Bioarchaeology Lab analyzing a historical skeletal collection while I pursue my doctorate degree at UAlbany. In May 2017, I was fortunate to have been awarded one of the highly competitive Visiting Scientist positions at the NYC – Office of the Chief Medical Examiner with their forensic anthropology team. I am an active student affiliate of the associations American Academy of Forensic Sciences and American Association of Physical Anthropologists. On a regional scale, this is the second consecutive year I have served as a committee member of the Bioarchaeologists’ Northeast Regional Dialogue.

-2016 Teaching Assistant. University at Albany, State University of New York.
Laboratory Instructor: Introduction to Archaeology (AANT 104)
Laboratory Instructor: Anatomy and Physiology, Part I (AANT316)
-2016 Instructor. University at Albany, State University of New York. Osteology (AANT 311).
-2015 Instructor. The Sage Colleges. General Biology Laboratory (BIOL 101).
-2014-2015 Instructor. University of Indianapolis. Principles of Anatomy (BIOL 103).
-2012-2015 Teaching Assistant. University of Indianapolis. Classes included:
Comparative Osteology (BIOL 564), for Dr. Stephen Nawrocki;
Human Osteology (BIOL 558), for Dr. Stephen Nawrocki;
Advanced Gross Anatomy for Occupational Therapists (BIOL 503), for Dr. Stephen Nawrocki;
Gross Anatomy (BIOL 504), 2 semesters, for Dr. Stephen Nawrocki;
Functional Anatomy (BIOL 305), 2 semesters, for Dr. Stephen Nawrocki;
Principles of Anatomy (BIOL 103), 2 semesters, for Dr. Nelson Kraus;
Principles of Physiology (BIOL 104), 2 semesters, for Dr. Nelson Kraus;
Introduction to Physical Anthropology (BIOL 102), for Dr. Connie Arzigian (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse)
-2013-2014 Student Tutor, Anatomy Tutoring Lab. University of Indianapolis, IN.

-2017 Pollitzer Travel Award, American Association of Physical Anthropologists

-2016 Forensic Sciences Foundation Student Scholarship
-2016 University at Albany – SUNY Professional Development Grant
-2015 Human Biology Graduate Student of the Year, University of Indianapolis.
-2014 University of Indianapolis Graduate Research Grant
-2014 University of Indianapolis College of Arts and Sciences research awards:
Travel and research to the William M. Bass Donated Collection, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Travel and research to the Pretoria Bone Collection, South Africa
Travel award to present ―An Interesting Case Study in Indiana: Human Remains in a Rock Tumbler.‖ At the 34th Annual Mountain, Desert, & Coastal Forensic Anthropologists Conference
-2012- FOUND (Forensics at UIndy student organization) Travel Grants (awarded 7 times)