Associate Professor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Biological Anthropology
  • Department:

    • Anthropology and Geography
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1990 M.A. in Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1977 B.A. in Anthropology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1973
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Dr. Magennis’ teaching and research interests include human adaptation to disease and nutrition, human skeletal biology, bioarchaeology, and global health. Her current research involves the late 19th Century Colorado Insane Asylum, focusing on the skeletal remains as well as relevant historical documents. She has also carried out fieldwork in North America, Morocco, Belize, and Tanzania. She has published a monograph, The Indian Neck Ossuary, is co-author of a book, Black Mesa Anasazi Health: Reconstructing Life from Patterns of Death and Disease, has published articles in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Northeast Anthropology, and Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Growth and Development, and chapters in books.


Human adaptability; skeletal biology; bioarchaeology; Africa; Mesoamerica


  • ANTH140, Human Origins and Variation

  • ANTH372, Human Osteology

  • ANTH374, Human Biological Variation

  • ANTH472, Human Biology

  • ANTH570, Contemporary Issues in Biological Anthropology