College of Business and Behavioral Science


Katherine Weisensee

Assistant Professor

Office: Brackett 139
Phone: (864) 656-4210

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Anthropology
University of Tennessee 2008

M.A. Anthropology
University of Tennessee 2001

B.A. Anthropology
Brandeis University 1999

 Courses Taught

Biological Anthropology
Introduction to Anthropology
Forensic Anthropology
Human Variation


My current research focuses on secular changes that have occurred in the craniofacial morphology of modern populations during the past 200 years. The past two centuries have been a unique experiment on the effects of extreme environmental change on human populations. By examining a documented sample of modern Portuguese skeletons, I am exploring both the proximate and ultimate causes underlying the observed secular changes. The unique nature of my sample provides the opportunity for exploring the effects of changes in mortality patterns, migration rates, and socio-economic parameters in a modern population and their outcomes on the phenotype. I have also been working as a forensic anthropology consultant for various counties in the Upstate of South Carolina. When skeletal remains are discovered, I assist law enforcement officers with the identification of the remains.

 Research Interests

Forensic anthropology, population genetics, bioarchaeology, geometric morphometrics, quantitative methods, paleodemography

 Research Publications

Rois L, Weisensee KE, Rissech C (2008). Sacral fusion as an aid in age estimation. Forensic Science International, 180, 111e1-111e7.

Weisensee KE (2009). “Reassessing Sex in the Pecos Pueblo Population: New Analyses of Hooton’s Data”. In: Stodder, A, editor. Reanalysis and Reinterpretation in Southwestern Bioarchaeology. Arizona State University Press.

Weisensee KE, Jantz RL (2010). “Rethinking Hooton: a re-examination of the Pecos cranial and postcranial data using modern methods”. In: Morgan, M, editor. Papers of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, vol. 84. Cambridge, MA, Peabody Museum Press.