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Brenda J. Baker

BrendaJ.Baker@asu.edu

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School of Human Evolution & Social Change SHESC 316 (Map)
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Bio

Associate Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

SHESC Themes: Biological, Social and Cultural Dimensions of Human Health; Global Dynamics and Regional Interactions

Field Specializations: Bioarchaeology, Human Osteology, Paleopathology

Regional Foci: North Africa (Egypt and Sudan), Cyprus, North America (Midwest, Northeast, Southwest)

Education

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Bio

Dr. Baker did her undergraduate work at Northwestern University and her graduate training at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her dissertation was on Collagen Composition in Human Skeletal Remains from the NAX Cemetery (A.D. 350-550) in Lower Nubia.

Research:
Brenda J. Baker's principal research interests are in bioarchaeology, human osteology and paleopathology. Her specialty is examining human skeletal remains to reconstruct past lifeways and the health status of ancient people. Baker has participated in excavations in the southwestern, midwestern and northeastern U.S., Cyprus, Egypt, and Sudan. Dr. Baker directs bioarchaeological fieldwork in the Fourth Cataract region of the Nile River in northern Sudan, through which a new collection of Nubian skeletal remains and artifacts has been established at ASU.  She has been the bioarchaeologist for the University of Pennsylvania Museum-Yale University-Institute of Fine Arts, New York University Expedition to Abydos since 1988, conducting burial excavation and analysis of human remains from both cemetery and settlement contexts at this important ancient Egyptian site. She is also the bioarchaeologist for Princeton University's expedition at Polis, Cyprus, where she has focused on burials from two medieval basilicas.  Other research interests include the impact of contact between Europeans and Native Americans through analyses of health status and mortuary practices, and the differential diagnosis of disease in past populations, particularly concerning treponematosis and tuberculosis.

Teaching:
Baker's course subjects include Life and Death in Ancient Egypt, Bioarchaeology, Paleopathology, and undergraduate and graduate courses in human osteology. She has taught at Tufts University (1992) and Moorhead State University (1993-94) and was director of the repatriation program and curator of Human Osteology at the New York State Museum from 1994-1998.

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 583 Fieldwork
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 450 Bioarchaeology
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 555 Advanced Human Osteology
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Summer 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 592 Research

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 583 Fieldwork
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AFS 332 Life & Death in Ancient Egypt
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 332 Life & Death in Ancient Egypt
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 611 Paleopathology
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Summer 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 592 Research

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 450 Bioarchaeology
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 583 Fieldwork
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 683 Fieldwork
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Summer 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 592 Research

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 583 Fieldwork
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 450 Bioarchaeology
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 555 Advanced Human Osteology
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Summer 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 592 Research

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AFS 332 Life & Death in Ancient Egypt
ASM 332 Life & Death in Ancient Egypt
ASM 691 Seminar
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Baker, Brenda J.. Human Remains, Analysis of.. Oxford Companion to Archaeology, 2nd ed.. Oxford University Press (2012).

  2. Baker, Brenda J.. Paleopathology.. Oxford Companion to Archaeology, 2nd ed.. Oxford University Press (2012).

  3. Baker, Brenda J.. Physical Anthropology.. Oxford Companion to Archaeology, 2nd ed.. Oxford University Press (2012).

  4. Book chapter: Brenda J. Baker and Amy Papalexandrou. A Bioarchaeological Perspective on the Burials and Basilicas of Medieval Polis, Cyprus.. Bioarchaeology and Behavior: The People of the Ancient Near East. University Press of Florida (2012).

  5. Book chapter: Brenda J. Baker and Margaret A. Judd. Development of Paleopathology in the Nile Valley.. The Global History of Paleopathology: Pioneers and Prospects. Oxford University Press (2012).

  6. Book chapter: Brenda J. Baker, Claire E. Terhune, and Amy Papalexandrou. Sew Long? The Osteobiography of a Woman from Medieval Polis, Cyprus.. The Bioarchaeology of Individuals. University Press of Florida (2012).

  7. Book chapter: Marta Díaz-Zorita Bonilla and Brenda J. Baker. Bioarqueología de Nubia: resultados preliminares de las campañas de 2007-2009 del proyecto MDASP en la zona de la 4ª Catarata, norte de Sudán.. Paleopatología: ciencia multidisciplinar. Proceedings of the X Congreso Nacional de Paleopatología.. Sociedad Española de Paleopatología (2011).

  8. Baker, Brenda J.. King Tutankhamun’s Family and Demise. Journal of the American Medical Association (2010).

  9. . Review of: Human Remains in Archaeology: A Handbook. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2010).

  10. Terrence B. Ritzman, Brenda J. Baker, Gary T. Schwartz. A Fine Line: A Comparison of Methods for Estimating Ages of Linear Enamel Hypoplasia Formation. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2008).

  11. Baker, Brenda J.. Post-Meroitic to Early Christian Period Mortuary Activity at Ginefab: The 2007 Field Season of the UCSB-ASU Fourth Cataract Project.. Actes de la 4e Conférence Internationale sur L’Archéologie de la 4e Cataracte du Nil, edited by Brigitte Gratien. CRIPEL (Cahiers de recherches de l’Institut de papyrologie et égyptologie de Lille), Université Charles-de-Gaulle-Lille 3, Lille, France. (2008).

  12. Gregory Lekovic, Brenda Baker, Jill Lekovic, Mark Preul. New World Cranial Deformation Practices: Historical Implications for Pathophysiology of Cognitive Impairment in Deformational Plagiocephaly. Neurosurgery (2007).

  13. Baker, Brenda J, Dupras, Tosha L, Tocheri, Matthew W, Wheeler, Sandra M. The Osteology of Infants and Children. Texas A&M University Press (2005).

  14. Book chapter: Baker, Brenda J (Author) . Patterns of Pre- and Post-Columbian Treponematosis in the Northeastern United States. Debunking the Myth of Syphilis: The Natural History of Treponematosis in North America. University Press of Florida (2005).

  15. Review of: Reconstructing Ancient Maya Diet. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology (2002).

  16. Book chapter: Baker, Brenda J. A Bioarchaeological Investigation of Contact in Seventeenth Century Southern New England. The Archaeology of Contact: Processes and Consequences. The Archaeological Association of the University of Calgary (2002).

  17. Review of: Sex and Gender in Paleopathological Perspective. Human Biology (2001).

  18. Book chapter: Baker, Brenda J,Varney, Tamara L.,Wilkinson, Richard G.,Anderson, Lisa M.,Liston, Maria A.. Repatriation and the Study of Human Remains. The Future of the Past: Archaeologists, Native Americans, and Repatriation. Garland Publishing (2001).

  19. Baker, Brenda J., and Katelyn L. Bolhofner. Biological and social implications of a medieval burial from Cyprus for understanding leprosy in the past.. International Journal of Paleopathology

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Presentations

  1. Jason J. Crosby and Brenda J. Baker Revisiting Old Bones: Placing Museum Collections in Bioarchaeological Context.. Western Bioarchaeological Group conference, Berkeley, CA.. (Oct 2013).
  2. Baker, Brenda J., and Tina Jakob An introduction to the bioarchaeology of Upper Nubia and central Sudan.. In the symposium, "Advances in the Bioarchaeology of Nubia and Central Sudan.". (Apr 2013).
  3. Harris, Jacob A., and Brenda J. Baker Zooarchaeological Analysis of Late Meroitic and Post-Meroitic Tumuli at the Ginefab School Site.. In the symposium, "Advances in the Bioarchaeology of Nubia and Central Sudan.". (Apr 2013).
  4. Nado, Kristin, and Brenda J. Baker Cranial Non-metric Affinities and Kinship Ideologies among Post-Meroitic and Christian Period Nubians from the 4th Cataract Region, Sudan.. In the symposium, "Advances in the Bioarchaeology of Nubia and Central Sudan.". (Apr 2013).
  5. Nagy, Bethel, and Brenda J. Baker Change and Continuity in Activity Patterns over Time in a Sudanese Community at El-Ginefab.. In the symposium, "Advances in the Bioarchaeology of Nubia and Central Sudan.". (Apr 2013).
  6. Seidel, Andrew C., and Brenda J. Baker The Descent of Christianity.. In the symposium, "Advances in the Bioarchaeology of Nubia and Central Sudan.". (Apr 2013).
  7. Baker, Brenda J. Sacrifices for the state? The subsidiary burials from Aha’s funerary enclosures at Abydos, Egypt.. 2nd international conference on Bioarchaeology of Egypt, Cairo, January 30-Feb. 1, 2013.. (Jan 2013).
  8. Brenda J. Baker Dammed archaeology: The dilemma in Sudan. Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research. (Nov 2012).
  9. Brenda J. Baker Disruptions as a Cause and Consequence of Migrations in Human History: An Introduction.. International workshop, "Disruptions as a Cause and Consequence of Migrations in Human History. (May 2012).
  10. Brenda J. Baker and Katelyn L. Bolhofner The first evidence of leprosy in Cyprus. 39th Annual Meeting of the Paleopathology Association. (Apr 2012).
  11. Bolhofner, Katelyn L., and Brenda J. Baker Dental ablation in ancient Nubia: evulsion at the Ginefab School site. 81st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. (Apr 2012).
  12. Brenda J. Baker Skeletal evidence for the sexual division of labor in Medieval Arsinoë.. Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research. (Nov 2011).
  13. Brenda J. Baker and Michael W. Moramarco Groovy teeth: unraveling patterns of dental use wear in a Medieval sample from Polis, Cyprus. 80th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. (Apr 2011).
  14. Baker, Brenda J. Tracking Transitions at a Late Meroitic through Christian Period Cemetery at el-Ginefab. 12th International Conference for Nubian Studies, London, England. (Aug 2010).
  15. Baker, Brenda J., and Marta Díaz-Zorita Bonilla Breech Birth in Antiquity: A Nubian Example from the Fourth Cataract Region, Sudan. 79th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Albuquerque.. (Apr 2010).
  16. Baker, Brenda J. The First Dynasty Dwarfs from Semerkhet’s Tomb at Abydos.. 61st Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Oakland. (Apr 2010).
  17. Baker, Brenda J. Secrets of Nubia: Egypt’s Neighbor and Nemesis.. North Texas Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt. (Nov 2009).
  18. Baker,Brenda J. Ancient Nubia: A New View from the Fourth Cataract.. Northern California Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt. (Sep 2009).
  19. Díaz-Zorita Bonilla, Marta, and Brenda J. Baker Bioarqueología de Nubia: Resultados preliminares de las campañas de 2007-2009 del proyecto MDASP en la zona de la 4ª Catarata, norte de Sudán.. X Congreso Nacional de Paleopatología, Sociedad Española de Paleopatología, Madrid, Spain. (Sep 2009).
  20. Baker, Brenda J. Bioarchaeology of el-Ginefab.. Fourth Cataract Archaeological Salvage Project, 1996–2009. Gdansk Archaeological Museum, Poland.. (Jul 2009).
  21. Baker, Brenda J. Session VI.. Fourth Cataract Archaeological Salvage Project, 1996–2009. Gdansk Archaeological Museum, Poland.. (Jul 2009).
  22. Baker, Brenda J. Courtiers and Commoners: Reconstructing Past Lifeways at Abydos, Egypt.. Seminar for Archaeology and Cultural Studies of Northeast Africa (AKNOA), Institute for Archaeology,. (Jul 2009).
  23. Baker, Brenda J. Guest Scientist, Bab ed Drah' Bioarchaeology Summer Program. University of Notre Dame, NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates. (Jun 2009).
  24. Baker, Brenda J. Mortuary Activity in Ginefab, Sudan: Results of Fieldwork for the Merowe Dam Archaeological Salvage Project.. 60th Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Dallas, Texas.. (Apr 2009).
  25. Baker, Brenda J. Subsidiary burials from First Dynasty royal funerary enclosures of Aha at Abydos, Egypt.. 77h Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Columbus, Ohio. (Apr 2008).
  26. Baker, Brenda J. Identity and health of the subsidiary burials from Aha’s funerary enclosures at Abydos, Egypt.. 59h Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Seattle. (Apr 2008).
  27. Hill, Rebecca, Baker, Brenda Time Depth for Treponematosis in the Prehistoric American Southwest. Arizona Archaeological Council Fall 2006 Conference, Prescott. (Nov 2006).
  28. Baker, Brenda, Hill, Rebecca From Matthews to Merbs: Bioarchaeology in Southern Arizona. In the symposium, "From the Arctic to Arizona: A Celebration of Charles F. Merbs' Contributions to Physical Anthropology," organized by Jane E. Buikstra. 75th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Anchorage, Alaska. (Mar 2006).
  29. Hill, Rebecca, Baker, Brenda Time Depth for Trepanematosis in the Prehistoric American Southwest. Annual Pecos Conference, Bandolier, NM. (Aug 2005).
  30. Hill, Rebecca, Baker, Brenda Time Depth for Trepanematosis in the Prehistoric American Southwest. 32nd Annual Meeting of the Paleopathology Association, Milwaukee. (Apr 2005).
  31. Baker, Brenda Brucellosis at Abydos, Egypt. 31st Annual Meeting of the Paleopathology Association. (Apr 2004).
  32. Baker, Brenda Brucellosis at Abydos, Egypt. 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. (Apr 2004).
  33. Black, Frances, Baker, Brenda Treponematosis in cremated human remains from Pueblo Grande, Arizona. 31st Annual Meeting of the Paleopathology Association. (Apr 2004).
  34. Lekovic, Gregory, Baker, Brenda, Preul, Mark Cranial Deformation and Cognitive Impairment: Lessons from the Past and Implications for Future Applications in Anthropology and Neurosurgery. Paper presented in the symposium, "Dead or Alive: Integrating Anthropological and Clinical Approach.
  35. Baker, Brenda Tomb it May Concern: Reconstructing Lifeways at Abydos, Egypt. For symposium, "In the Footsteps of J. Lawrence Angel: The Bioarchaeology of the Near East and Eastern Mediterranean," organized by Megan A. Perry. American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR).
  36. Baker, Brenda Archaeological Fieldwork at the Fourth Cataract of the Nile River in Sudan. Arizona Archaeological Society.
  37. Baker, Brenda Archaeology of the Fourth Cataract, Sudan. Archaeology-Bioarchaeology Brown Bag Lecture Series.
  38. Baker, Brenda Egypt’s Earliest Kings and their Courtiers: Sacrifices for the State?. Archaeological Institute of America.
  39. Baker, Brenda Post-Meroitic to Early Christian Period Mortuary Activity at Ginefab. 4th International Conference on the Archeology of the Fourth Cataract of the Nile..
  40. Baker, Brenda, Papalexandrou, Amy A Bioarchaeological Perspective on Burials and Basilicas of Medieval Polis, Cyprus. American Schools of Oriental Research.

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Baker,Brenda J * . Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project: Bioarchaeology of Nubia Expedition (BONE) Project. (9/1/2013 - 8/30/2018).
  2. Baker,Brenda J * Tsuda,Takeyuki . Workshop: Disruptions as a Cause and Consequence of Migration in Human History. WENNER-GREN FDN (1/1/2012 - 6/30/2012).
  3. Baker,Brenda J * . Bioarchaeology of Abydos Egypt. MISC PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS (11/22/2010 - 12/31/2015).
  4. Baker,Brenda J * . Ancient Nubians and early African States in the 4th Cateract region of Sudan, UCSB-ASU MDASP 2009 - subaward from UCSB. UNIV OF CA AT SANTA BARBARA (12/22/2008 - 6/30/2011).
  5. Baker,Brenda J * . Ancient Nubian Identity and Interaction with Early African States in the 4th Cataract Region of Sudan. UNIV OF CA AT SANTA BARBARA (10/15/2007 - 12/31/2009).
  6. Baker,Brenda J * . Collaborative Research: Investigating Ancient Nubian Identity and Interaction with Early African States in the Fourth Cataract Region of Sudan. NSF-SBE (2/1/2007 - 12/31/2010).
  7. Baker,Brenda J * . Ancient Nubian Identity and Interaction with Early African States in the 4th Cataract Region of Sudan. UNIV OF CA AT SANTA BARBARA (12/15/2006 - 6/30/2008).
  8. Baker,Brenda J * . BIOARCHAEOLOGY OF EARLY DYNASTIC ROYAL FUNERARY MONUMENTS OF ABYDOS, EGYPT. NEW YORK UNIV (8/16/2001 - 1/15/2002).
  9. Baker,Brenda J * . MIDDLE CEMETERY EXCAVATION AT ABYDOS, EGYPT. NEW YORK UNIV (8/16/1999 - 12/31/1999).

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Service

  1. ASU chapter, Sigma Xi Science Café, Speaker (2010 - present)
  2. International Journal of Paleopathology, Associate Editor (2010 - present)
  3. International Journal of Paleopathology, Associate Editor (2010 - present)
  4. International Journal of Paleopathology, Associate Editor (2010 - present)
  5. Desert Foothills chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, Speaker (2010 - present)
  6. Journal of Archaeological Science, Reviewer (2009 - present)
  7. Career Development Committee, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Member (2008 - present)
  8. Career Development Committee, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Member (2008 - present)
  9. Career Development Committee, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Member (2008 - present)
  10. Community/Public, Expert (2005 - present)
  11. Ask A Biologist, Expert on osteology (2004 - present)
  12. Bioarchaeology Approach, SHESC., Head (2012 - 2015)
  13. SHESC Executive Committee, Member (2012 - 2015)
  14. SHESC Graduate Committee, Member (2012 - 2015)
  15. American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Nominations Committee, Chair (2012 - 2015)
  16. Executive Committee, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Member (2012 - 2015)
  17. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Reviewer (2012)
  18. National Science Foundation, Reviewer (2012)
  19. National Geographic channel and Shine TV documentary on Fort William Henry skeleton, Participant and informant (2011 - 2012)
  20. Career Development Committee, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Member (2008 - 2012)
  21. Sigma Xi, ASU chapter, Secretary (2009 - 2011)
  22. Sigma Xi, ASU chapter, Secretary (2009 - 2010)
  23. OVPREA Office for Research Integrity and Assurance, Presenter (2008)
  24. American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Reviewer (2007)
  25. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, Reviewer (2006 - 2007)
  26. Center for Bioarchaeological Research, Graduate Commitee Representative (2006)
  27. National Science Foundation, Panelist, Doctoral Dissertation Research Grants, Physical Anthropology Program (2006)
  28. Current Anthropology, Reviewer (2006)
  29. Bioarchaeology Program, Advisor (2002 - 2006)
  30. Bioarchaeology Brown Bag Lecture Series, SHESC, Faculty speaker (2006)
  31. Central Arizona Chapter, American Archaeological Institute, Invited speaker (2006)
  32. Academic Senate, Senator for School of Human Evolution and Social Change (2005 - 2006)
  33. SHESC-Kabobs newsletter, Editor (2005 - 2006)
  34. Search Committee for Assistant Professor in Old World Bioarchaeology, Member (2005 - 2006)
  35. Desert Foothills chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, Invited speaker (2006)
  36. Highlights for Children, Provider of information (2005)
  37. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Reviewer (2005)
  38. Elsevier/Academic Press, Reviewer (2005)
  39. Wellcome Trust, Reviewer (2005)
  40. Wiley-Liss, Reviewer (2005)

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Curriculum Vitae / Resume

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