College of Arts and Sciences

Colleen Cummings, PhD

  • Colleen Cummings, PhD
    PhD, Forensic Archaeological Science
    Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice



    Colleen Cummings is an anthropologist specializing in the analysis of human skeletal remains. She is especially interested in relating the biological evidence from the skeleton to the lived experiences of people when they were alive. The bulk of her research focuses on archaeological populations within Europe, especially during the late Roman Empire.

    She holds a Doctorate in Archaeological Science from the University of Oxford (2008) where her research focused on using bone chemistry to understand dietary patterns during life. She also holds a Masters of Science in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology from the University of Sheffield (2004) and a Bachelors degree in Anthropology and Classics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada (2002).

    Dr. Cummings teaches anthropology at several institutions throughout the Pacific Northwest and is involved with the Sanisera archaeological field school in Spain.