Michelle received her BA in Anthropology from Whitman College in 2011 and M.A. in Applied Anthropology from MSU in 2016.
Prior to coming to MSU, Michelle did cultural resource management work, mainly in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, and undertook archaeological field projects at the Cooper's Ferry prehistoric site in western Idaho and at the Sanisera bioarchaeological field school in Menorca, Spain. Michelle’s thesis research focused on nutritional disease in a skeletal sample from the historic Mississippi State Asylum in Jackson and its associated records. Her other research interests include bone histology and its uses in bioarchaeology, forensics, and paleopathology.
Graduate Advisor: Molly Zuckerman
Thesis Tiltle: PELAGRA IN THE HISTORIC MISSISSIPPI STATE ASYLUM: AN INVESTIGATION AND COMPARISON OF SKELETONS AND INSTITUTIONAL RECORDS