Debra Martin
Debra Martin, Lincy Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Debra Martin, the Lincy Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas presents the XLI Journal of Anthropological Research Distinguished Lecture, titled “Hard Times in Dry Lands: Apocalypse in the Ancient Southwest or Business as Usual," on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the UNM Anthropology Lecture Hall, room 163.

She will also do a specialized seminar at noon on Friday, Sept. 24 in Anthropology 248 on “Bodies as Battlefields: Culturally-Sanctioned & Gendered Forms of Violence in Ancient America.”

Both the lecture and seminar are free and open to the public.

Martin received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on the bioarcheology of arid lands, including Arabia and Nubia, as well as the US Southwest and Mexico.

She specializes in the study of violence through the analysis of human skeletal remains. Martin has published copiously on this subject and on diet, disease and other aspects of paleopathology. She is also involved in bioanthropological studies of contemporary human health, subsistence and trauma.

She has been chair of the Anthropology Department at UNLV and Dean of the School of Natural Sciences at Hampshire College. Her Southwestern osteological research includes studies at Black Mesa, Mesa Verde, the La Plata, Animas & Virgin valleys, the Hopi mesas, Crow Canyon, as well as Chihuahua, Zacatecas, Morelos and Casas Grandes in Mexico.

She is author and/or editor of 12 books or journal special issues and is co-editor of the prestigious “International Journal of Osteoarchaeology”, as well as editor of a Springer book series “Bioarchaeology and Social Theory” and associate editor of the “Yearbook of Physical Anthropology.”  A dynamic, stimulating speaker, Dr. Martin was a Sigma Xi Distinguished Public Lecturer in 2000-03.

Founded by Professor Leslie Spier, the “Journal of Anthropological Research” has been published by the University of New Mexico since 1945 in the interest of general anthropology. It is currently edited by Lawrence Guy Straus, Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor of Anthropology.

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