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Boutin, Alexis, Ph.D.

Alexis Boutin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Sonoma State University, California
Elected: 2005 (Department of Anthropology)

Alexis graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, CA with honors in 2000, majoring in History, with a minor in Classics; she earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Penn in 2008. Her dissertation was entitled "Embodying Life and Death: Osteobiographical Narratives from Alalakh." Alexis is currently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Sonoma State University in California. The bioarchaeological fieldwork and museum collections research she conducts focuses on ancient Near Eastern, Arabian Gulf, and eastern Mediterranean societies. She has participated in excavations, survey, and collections research at Alalakh, Turkey; Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project on the island of Cyprus; Tel el-Far'ah South, Israel; on the island of Crete; and in the United Kingdom. She has also worked on osteological collections at the British Museum and, most recently, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. She is the co-director (with Fellow Benjamin Porter) of the Dilmun Bioarchaeology Project, which is based at the Hearst Museum.

Much of her teaching is oriented around human skeletal biology and its analysis by means of forensic methods. In addition to the lower division G.E. course "Introduction to Biological Anthropology," her upper division offerings include "Human Osteology," Bioarchaeology," "Organization of Societies," and "Forensic Anthropology." Alexis' publications use human skeletal remains, archaeological contexts, and ancient texts to explore embodied personhood in all of its iterations. In 2012 she co-authored with Fellow Aubrey Baadsgaard and Jane E. Buikstra, Breathing New Life into the Evidence of Death: Contemporary Approaches to Bioarchaeology. Her volume entitled Remembering the Dead in the Ancient Near East: Recent Contributions from Bioarchaeology and Mortuary Archaeology, co-edited with Fellow Benjamin Porter, was published in the fall of 2014.