Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Kristrina Shuler

Kristrina Shuler


7052 Haley Center
(334) 844-2825


  • Ph.D., Anthropology (2005), Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • M.A., (1994), University of Southern Mississippi
  • B.A., (1991), University of South Carolina.

Office Hours

  • By appointment

About Kristrina Shuler
Associate Professor and Director of Anthropology

In 2015, Shuler was named Auburn University Honors College Professor of the Year and concurrently received the College of Liberal Arts Award for Teaching Excellence. As an anthropologist, her research focuses on the health and power relations of “historically invisible” groups for whom little or no direct textual evidence exists. Dr. Shuler's solo and collaborative research has contributed rare insight into the lives of colonial enslaved Africans and indigenous Americans, particularly women and children. She has directed several large excavations at historic sites in the southeastern U.S. and Caribbean, including the Newton Plantation in Barbados (ca. 1660–1820). This site was nominated in 2014 for tentative inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List due to its outstanding universal value as part of the “Sugar Revolution.” At present, Shuler is expanding upon her earlier work from the Newton Plantation and on the Maya site of Tipu, Belize to test methodologies and investigate colonial activity and labor roles.

Representative Publications


  • Hodge Shannon C., and Kristrina A. Shuler, eds. 2018. Bioarchaeology of the American Southeast: Recent Approaches to Bridging Health and Identity in the Past. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. ISBN 978-0817319915

Articles & Chapters

  • Laffoon JE, Shuler K, Millard AR, Connelly JN, Schroeder H. 2020. “Isotopic evidence for anthropogenic lead exposure on a 17th/18th century Barbadian plantation. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 171(3): 529-538.
  • Shuler, Kristrina A., Hannes Schroeder, and William D. Stevens. 2019. “Health and life histories of enslaved sugar producers. Bioarchaeology of the Newton Plantation, Barbados.” In Pre-Colonial and Post-Contact Archaeology in Barbados: Past, Present and Future Research Directions, edited by de Waal, Maaike S., Niall Finneran, and Matthew C. Reilly with Douglass Armstrong and Kevin Farmer, 269-286. Netherlands: Sidestone Press. ISBN 978-9088908460.
  • Shuler, Kristrina A., Emily Jateff, Eric C. Poplin, Ralph Bailey Jr., Charles Philips Jr., and Eric Sipes. 2018. “A Tale of Two Cemeteries: Bioarchaeology and cultural resources management at the Citadel.” In Bioarchaeology of the American Southeast: Recent Approaches to Bridging Health and Identity in the Past, edited by Shannon C. Hodge and Kristrina A. Shuler, 165-196. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. ISBN 978-0817319915.
  • White, J. Alyssa, and Kristrina A. Shuler. 2016. “An analysis of stature in the Lower Mississippi River Valley during the transition to agriculture.” Mississippi Archaeology 47: 21-56.
  • Shuler, Kristrina A., and Hannes Schroeder. 2013. “Evaluating alcohol related birth defects in the past: Skeletal and biochemical evidence from a colonial rum producing community in Barbados, West Indies.” International Journal of Paleopathology 3: 235-242.
  • Schroeder, Hannes, Kristrina A. Shuler, and Simon Chenery. 2013. “Childhood lead exposure in an enslaved African community in Barbados: Implications for birthplace and health status.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 150: 203–209.
  • Davis, C. Brady, Kristrina A. Shuler, Marie E. Danforth, and Kelsey E. Herndon. 2013. “Patterns of interobserver error in the scoring of entheseal changes.” International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 23: 147–151.
  • Shuler, Kristrina A., Peng Zeng, and Marie E. Danforth. 2012. “Upper limb musculoskeletal stress markers with the transition to agriculture in the southeastern United States: a view from Moundville and the central Tombigbee River Valley.” Homo: Journal of Comparative Human Biology 63 (6): 413–434.
  • Shuler, Kristrina A., Shannon C. Hodge, Marie E. Danforth, J. Lynn Funkhouser, Christina B. Stantis, Danielle N., and Peng Zeng. 2012. “In the shadow of Moundville: A bioarchaeological view of the transition to agriculture in the central Tombigbee valley of Alabama and Mississippi.” Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 31 (4): 586–603.
  • Shuler, Kristrina A., Marie E. Danforth, and Jeffrey Auerbach. 2011. “Challenges in approaches to skeletal stature estimation: An example from prehistoric eastern Mississippi and western Alabama.” Southeastern Archaeology 30 (2): 377-389.
  • Shuler, Kristrina A. 2011. “Life and death on a Barbadian sugar plantation: Historic and bioarchaeological views of infection and mortality at Newton Plantation.” International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 21: 66-81.
  • Shuler, Kristrina A. 2009. “Childhood stress response in males and females from precontact communities of the central Tombigbee river valley.” Mississippi Archaeology 41: 81-106.
  • Schroeder, Hannes, Jane A. Evans., Tamsin O’Connell, Kristrina A. Shuler, and Robert E. M. Hedges. 2009. “Trans-Atlantic slavery: Isotopic evidence for forced migration to Barbados.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 139: 547-557.
  • Shuler, Kristrina A., Ralph Bailey Jr., and Charles Philips Jr. 2006. “A history of the phosphate mining industry in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with a focus on the Ashley Phosphate Company.” South Carolina Antiquities 38 (1&2): 20-52.
  • Shuler, Kristrina A. 2005. “Nutritional health of enslaved Africans from Newton Plantation, Barbados: New data.” Journal of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society LI: 166-186.
  • Danforth, Marie E., Kristrina Shuler Herndon, and Kathryn B. Propst. 1993. “A preliminary study of patterns of replication in scoring of linear enamel hypoplasias.” International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 3: 297-302.



Last Updated: February 19, 2020