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About Anne Austin

Anne Austin received her B.A. in Anthropology from Harvard University, and she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in the Archaeology program at UCLA. She joined UMSL in 2017 after completing a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the History Department. Her research combines the fields of osteology and Egyptology in order to document medicine and disease in the past. Specifically, she uses data from ancient Egyptian human remains and daily life texts to reconstruct ancient Egyptian health care networks and identify the diseases and illnesses people experienced in the past. While working in Egypt, Anne discovered the only known ancient Egyptian tattoos on a mummy with over 30 different tattoos. Anne's next research project will focus on the practice of tattooing in ancient Egypt and its potential connections to gender, religion, and medicine. In addition to her interested in Egyptology and osteology, Anne works on improving archaeological data management practices through her participation in an international, collaborative ethnographic research study on archaeological field schools.


September 2017 - Present Teaching Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
September 2014 - August 2017 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University ‐ Archaeology
June 2013 - December 2014 Instructor, UCLA Extension
September 2011 - August 2013 Instructional Technology Consultant, University of California, Los Angeles
January 2009 - June 2012 Teaching Associate, University of California, Los Angeles


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  • ANTHRO 1005 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • ANTHRO 1011 - Introduction To Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTHRO 1034 - Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization
  • ANTHRO 2105 - Human Variation
  • ANTHRO 3209 - Forensic Anthropology
  • ANTHRO 3246 - Medicine and Disease in the Ancient World
  • ANTHRO 4314 - The Archaeology of Death
  • ANTHRO 4316 - Senior Research Project
  • HIST 1000 - Selected Topics in History
  • HIST 3246 - Medicine and Disease in the Ancient World
  • INTDSC 1004 - SUCCEED Special Topics
  • CRIMIN 3209 - Forensic Anthropology
  • HONORS 3030 - Advanced Honors Seminar in the Social and Behavioral Sciences


2009 - 2014 PhD, University of California, Los Angeles ‐ Archaeology program
2007 - 2009 MA, University of California, Los Angeles ‐ Archaeology program
2002 - 2006 BA, Harvard University ‐ Anthropology

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