Faculty Profile: Dr. Tracy Betsinger

Dr. Tracy Betsinger joined our department in the Fall 2008 semester as an Assistant Professor. She completed her B.A. in Anthropology and Indian Studies from University of North Dakota, her B.S. in Biology from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, her M.A. in Anthropology from University of Tennessee, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Ohio State University. Prior to joining our department, Dr. Betsinger held a post-doctoral research position with the Global History of Health Project, the Ohio State University.


Dr. Betsinger’s research interests include bioarchaeology, paleopathology, skeletal biology, and the effects of gender, social status, and settlement patterns on health and well-being of populations. In particular, she is interested in disease, stress and deprivation, diet, and warfare and trauma. Dr. Betsinger conducts research on medieval and post-medieval populations from Poland and on prehistoric, precontact (culturally unaffiliated) populations from eastern Tennessee.


Currently, Dr. Betsinger is involved in research examining patterns of treponemal disease, oral health, and overall health in prehistoric Tennessee populations (with Dr. Maria O. Smith, Illinois State University). Additionally, she is conducting research (with Amy B. Scott, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg) on health patterns and mortuary practices in a 17th century Polish population. In particular, she has examined deviant burials, deemed “vampire” burials, from this population in order to understand the cultural context of such unusual burial practices.





Courses taught by Dr. Betsinger:


ANTH 130 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

ANTH 219 Anthropology of Death

ANTH 232 Human Biology and Culture Change

ANTH 294 Special Topics: Bioarchaeology

ANTH 331 Human Skeletal Anatomy

ANTH 336 Forensic Anthropology

ANTH 337 Advanced Skeletal Anatomy

ANTH 390 Issues in Anthropology


E-Mail: Tracy.Betsinger@oneonta.edu

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