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My Mother, the Juneteenth descendent

My mother, Sammie, who we call ‘Susu,’ was born in the 1940s in Texas. In her lifetime, she’s been an opera singer, a school teacher, a social worker, hospital administrator, community caregiver, housecleaner, home aid, wife, mother, writer, poet, pianist, scholar, and dreamer. Much of what she knows about her family is from the stories […]Read More

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My Favorite Science Communicators! pt. 1

Wow! It has been a while. Like many people around the world, my life underwent a series of back-to-back, nonstop changes alongside a very stressful work and home period. I didn’t have the energy to blog. However, there was a fun and enriching side during that time where I got to do a series of […]Read More

The Archaeology of Disability: An Interview with Alexandra Morris

Alexandra Morris and I have known each other for about 5 years now. We met when I was about a semester or two into my Master’s program at Hunter College. We became friends over siding bone fragments in the osteology lab and cried of frustration into dusty boxes of broken phalanges. Alexandra had already received […]Read More

My Favorite Science Communicators! pt. 2

Before I start on part 2 of my list, I have also been thinking about science communicators that other people seem to LOVE, but thoroughly get on my nerves! I won’t make that list, but I wanted to point out that I don’t think everyone can, or should be, everything to all people. Know YOUR […]Read More

I’m Thankful for You! Here’s a Gift!

Over this last year, I have taken more time to reflect on gratitude as I navigate the variety of struggles that have come my way. I’m sure this has been the case for many of us around the world. I’ve really been enjoying crafty quiet times. As a small token of my gratitude for your […]Read More

Head Hunters: Anthropology and the Skull Obsessed! Part 2

Gustaf Nordenskiöld, the young Swede Collector This is not exactly the historical tale of a headhunter. However, this scientist did take human remains and artifacts of Native Americans without permission. His actions became the catalyst for the earliest iteration of historical preservation law in the United States, so I decided to include him over some […]Read More

The Rockstar Anthropologist Blog Lives!

I am so excited to off hiatus! I planned to re-launch officially on September 16th, but I realize that as I create new content and add it to the site, email notifications to my existing subscribers were being sent out, and then when they clicked on the links, it said: “Come back September 16th!” I […]Read More

Head Hunters: Anthropology and the Skull Obsessed! Part 1

Alfred Cort Haddon- British, Victorian, and Headhunter- and Irish Anthropologist, Charles Browne   Haddon was a marine biologist turned anthropologist in the late 1800s. While working on a coral reef expedition in the Torres Strait Islands, Haddon became interested in the people and customs that he encountered. So, he decided to become an anthropologist. Over […]Read More

Head Hunters: Anthropology and the Skull Obsessed Series Intro

I don’t think that you will ever walk into the office of an anthropologist or an anthropology museum or anywhere where anthropology is being practiced and not find a skull. I don’t think it matters if it’s biological anthropology or linguistics, I think you’ll find a skull- model, diagram, books, possibly real, shrunken, jeweled, hominid, […]Read More

The (Possible) Bones of ‘The Unsullied’

Earlier today, I was reading a report published on Nature.com about the pathology of an 18th century singer named Gaspare Pacchierotti. What made this article particularly compelling was that the singer was castrated, or castrato. As I carefully read through the analysis and results of Pacchierotti’s remains, it occurred to me that Daenerys Targaryen’s Unsullied would make […]Read More

What’s Scurvy?! And What Does It Do To Bone?

Most of us enjoy hearing stories about the squash-buckling pirates of the high seas in days long past! Often romanticized, their tales told of adventurers and rebels who lived and died by their own code. Johnny Depp and Disney has built a franchise off of these stories. However, life at sea was no picnic. Pirates […]Read More