Vanessa Reeves

Ph.D. Candidate      

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Office: SOC 11M


  • M.A., Anthropology, California State University, Chico       
  • B.A., Anthropology, Syracuse University                                 


  • Registered Professional Archaeologist #4700       


Jonathan Bethard


Teaching Associate: ANT 2000- Introduction to Anthropology, ANT 2410- Cultural Anthropology, ANT 3101- Archaeology, ANT 4012- Fantastic Archeology, and ANT 4525- Human Osteology and Osteometry, and ANT 4520- Forensic Anthropology. Instructor of Record: ANT 2511L- Biological Anthropology Laboratory.

Research Interests

My research interests include bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, biocultural theory, theories of agency, personhood, and structural violence, intersectional theory, human-environment interactions, stable isotope analysis, proteomic analysis, and other applied anthropological methods. I am most excited by projects that seek to combine strong biocultural theory with innovative scientific method.

Publications and Presentations

  • (2023) Milligan, C., K.A. Broehl, K. Hart, V.C. Reeves, K. Wells, and E. Bartelink. Paleopathology and Non-specific Stress Indicators at Point San Jose. In Bones by the Bay: Archaeology and Bioarchaeology of Nineteenth Century Anatomized Skeletons at Point San Jose, San Francisco. Eds. P. Willey, P. Gavette, E. Bartelink, and C. Milligan. University of Florida Press.
  • (2021) Jonathan Bethard, Elizabeth Bews, and Vanessa C. Reeves. Building the basics with big data: sex estimation and bioarchaeology. Paper presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists. 6-11 September 2021.
  • (2020) Bartelink, Eric J., Ashley E. Kendell, Jacqueline L. Galimany, Karen Gardner, Leigh Hayes, Casey A. Hegel, Vanessa C. Reeves, Alyssa Straub, Maura Timmons, Leah Tray. Search and Recovery Protocols for Fatal Fire Victims from the 2018 California Camp Fire. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Meeting, Anaheim, CA.
  • (2019) Reeves, Vanessa C. An Examination of Diet, Health, and Social Inequality within the Santa Clara County, CA Medical Center’s Potter’s Field (1871-1935). Society for California Archaeology, Sacramento, CA.