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. from University of Tennessee, and her Ph.D. 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. She plans to continue her association with this international project.
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 populations from Poznań, Poland and on prehistoric, precontact populations in eastern Tennessee.
Her doctoral dissertation, entitled “The Biological Consequences of Urbanization in Medieval Poland,” examined how increasing population size and density affected the overall health of the population, including stress, disease, interpersonal violence, and diet.
Currently, Dr. Betsinger is involved in research on skeletal collections from prehistoric Tennessee, examining patterns of treponemal disease, oral health, and overall health (with Dr. Maria O. Smith, Loyola University of Chicago). In addition, she is involved in research focused on dental development and sexual dimorphism (with Dr. Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg and Dr. John Hunter, Ohio State University).
Courses taught by Dr. Betsinger: