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Sammantha Holder

PhD Candidate

Contact Info

Baldwin G22
Curriculum Vitae:

I am a biocultural anthropologist with a focus in bioarchaeology. I am interested in how social structures and individual action interact to shape human biology. My dissertation research integrates social theory and stable isotope methodologies to examine the impact of military service on the diet and nutrition of 19th century Napoleonic and Russian soldiers.


2013, Master of Arts, University of Central Florida, Department of Anthropology

2010, Bachelor of Arts, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Anthropology, Summa cum laude

2010, Certificate: Conceptual Foundations of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

Research Areas:
Research Interests:

Biocultural anthropology; bioarchaeology; stable isotope analysis; diet and nutrition; human osteology; paleopathology; Europe; Egypt

Selected Publications:

Holder S, Miliauskienė Ž, Jankauskas R, Dupras TL. (In press). An Integrative Approach to Studying Plasticity in Growth Disruption and Outcomes: A Bioarchaeological Case Study of Napoleonic Soldiers. American Journal of Human Biology. DOI:10.1002/ajhb.23457

Reitsema, LJ, and Holder S. (2018). Stable Isotope Analysis and the Study of Human Stress, Disease, and Nutrition. Bioarchaeology International 2(2):63-74DOI: 10.5744/bi.2018.1018

Holder S, Dupras TL, Jankauskas R, Williams LJ, and J. Schultz. (2017). Reconstructing Diet in Napoleon’s Grand Army using Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 163(1):53-63. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23184


2020, 2019, 2017 Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grants for Doctoral Students 

2019 Norman Herz Small Grants for Student Research 

2019, 2018 Brian Daniel Gumbert Archaeological Graduate Research Award

2018 Summer Research Travel Grant for Doctoral Students 

2017 The Graduate School Dean’s Award 

2017 Melissa Hague Field Study Award

2017 Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research 

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