Shannon  Edsall


Research Interests

I’m a doctoral student in bioarchaeology with interests in diseased joints, biomechanics, and stress in prehistoric dead people. In 2013, I earned BA degrees in Anthropology and Technical Writing from Auburn University, and in 2017, I earned an MA in Anthropology from the University of Alabama (advisor: Dr. Keith Jacobi). My thesis research examined the reliability of using osteoarthritis and entheseal changes as indicators of occupational stress in Native American remains (using prehistoric samples from the Alabama area). For my dissertation, I will expand my studies of the interactions among joints and their moving parts in response to various types of skeletal stress. In addition to research, I’ve had the privilege of teaching in general anthropology, cultural anthropology, and archaeology classes at the University of Alabama as a GTA and of working on excavations in Alabama, Italy, and Peru.