Violence in Our Bones: Prof Researches Violence in Early Cultures

Debra Martin sitting with a skeleton on a table in front of her and hanging next to her
May. 9, 2018

Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Debra Martin is an internationally recognized scholar who uses a biocultural approach to study ancient cultures. She and her students research how violence from raids, ambushes, warfare, massacres, gender violence, enslavement, and human sacrifices were used as social controls. Her scholarship is unique because it combines academic and human interests with the practical application of knowledge through community partnerships. For example, she created an internship program with the Clark County coroner/medical examiner’s office that allows students to use forensic techniques to track patterns of violent deaths in Southern Nevada.