Assistant Professor of Anthropology
PhD, University of Tennessee, 2008
Science 1, Room 239
My research interests are focused on two areas in skeletal biology: bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. My bioarchaeological work focuses on the prehistoric Andes and the southeastern U.S., exploring changes in traditional skeletal health markers before and after major subsistence change. I am additionally interested in the bioarchaeology of impairment, and recently published a case study of an impaired Mississippian individual. Before returning to academia, I was practicing applied anthropology for five years in Colombia, where I taught and advised the country’s forensic science professionals, especially the anthropologists. This included being one of the creators of the Centro de Identificación Humana in Medellín, a state-of-the-art forensic anthropology center that has as its mission analysis and identification of human skeletal remains while serving as a continuing education and research center. I continue my engagement with colleagues at the center, especially related to methods validation and continuing education. My forensic anthropological research interests include developing and validating biological standards (age-at-death, sex, ancestry, and stature) for the Colombian population to increase accuracy in addition to exploring ways to increase collaboration and knowledge sharing between non-U.S. and U.S. forensic anthropologists. I am further interested in using my forensic anthropological work in Colombia as a platform to shed light on the grave human rights issues that exist in that country.
EA DiGangi and MK Moore, editors. Research Methods in Human Skeletal Biology. Academic Press: San Diego, 2013.
Wilson RJ, Bethard JD, and EA DiGangi. The Use of Orthopedic Surgical Devices for Forensic Identification. Journal of Forensic Sciences 56(2): 460-469, 2010.
DiGangi EA, Bethard JD, and LP Sullivan. Differential Diagnosis of Cartilaginous Dysplasia and Probable Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease in a Mississippian Individual from East Tennessee. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 20(4): 424-442, 2009.
DiGangi EA, Bethard JD, Kimmerle EH, and LW Konigsberg. A New Method for Estimating Age-at-Death From the First Rib. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 138(2): 164-176, 2009.