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Dr. Valerie Andrushko

ANDRUSHKO, VALERIE, Associate Professor, Anthropology; B.A. University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
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The fall 2009 semester began the introduction of the newly offered Interdisciplinary Forensic Science Minor.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Osteology, paleopathology, the bioarchaeology of imperialism, trophy taking, Central California, Peru , Northeast U.S.

Valerie Andrushko is a bioarchaeologist who specializes in the study of ancient skeletal remains and their mortuary contexts. Dr. Andrushko received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California , Berkeley and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California , Santa Barbara . After receiving her doctorate in June 2007, she joined the Southern Connecticut State University faculty where she is currently an Associate Professor in Anthropology. Since 1999, Dr. Andrushko has led an innovative research program on prehistoric human burials from Cuzco , Peru , the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. By studying human bones and teeth for evidence of disease, malnutrition, violent conflict, and hard physical labor, she has documented how Inca imperial policies-such as labor taxes and forced migration-profoundly changed the lives of Cuzco inhabitants. Along with her long-standing research program in Cuzco , Dr. Andrushko has also excavated at sites in California , Belize , Israel , and the north coast of Peru .

Courses taught at SCSU: Biological Anthropology (Ant 102), Modern Human Variation (Ant 222), Forensic Anthropology (Ant 322), Bioarchaeology (Ant 332), People and Weight (Ant 382), Ethics in Anthropology (Ant 390), Human Osteology (Ant 422), Advanced Forensic Anthropology (Ant 442)