Kristrina Shuler

Kristrina Shuler Associate Professor and Director of Anthropology
7052 Haley Center
(334) 844-2825

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Kristrina A. Shuler is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Auburn University. She earned a Ph.D. in anthropology (2005) from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, an M.A. (1994) from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a B.A. (1991) from the University of South Carolina. She previously served as a senior environmental compliance consultant and archaeologist to one of the largest cultural resource management firms in the U.S. and has directed numerous local, state, and federal projects. Since joining the Auburn faculty in 2007, she has regularly taught courses in Medical Anthropology, Human Variation, Physical Anthropology, Anthropology of the African Diaspora, Bioarchaeology, Anthropological Theory, and Introduction to Anthropology.

Dr. Shuler’s research explores the biological consequences of shifting food production systems in late prehistoric and early colonial archaeological contexts. In addition to investigating undocumented aspects of health, nutrition, and quality of life for 17-19th century enslaved Africans who worked on a sugar/rum plantation in Barbados, she and her colleagues have recently explored the political economy of health in late prehistoric (ca. 500-1500 AD) communities along the Tombigbee River valley of Mississippi and Alabama near the large ceremonial center at Moundville, Alabama.

Dr. Shuler has published research in the International Journal of Paleopathology (Shuler and Schroeder, In Press), the American Journal of Physical Anthropology (Schroeder et al., 2013; 2009), the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology (Davis et al., 2013; Shuler, 2011; Danforth et al., 1993), Journal of Anthropological Archaeology (Shuler et al., 2012), Homo: Journal of Comparative Human Biology (Shuler et al., 2012), Southeastern Archaeology (Shuler et al., 2011), Mississippi Archaeology (Shuler, 2009), African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter (Schroeder and Shuler, 2009; 2006), South Carolina Antiquities (Shuler et al., 2006), and the Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (Shuler, 2005). She has several manuscripts under review, including an edited book volume (Hodge and Shuler, editors) that brings together a broad range of current scholarship in Southeastern Bioarchaeology. Dr. Shuler serves as curator for the Newton Plantation osteological series, which is on currently loan from the Barbados Museum.

Last Updated: September 17, 2013