Sharon in SRP cryptI am a biological anthropologist in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina with expertise in paleodemography, paleoepidemiology, and bioarchaeology.  My primary research interest is infectious disease in the past, particularly how factors such as sex, socioeconomic status, migration, developmental stress, and diet affected risks of mortality from disease, how disease shaped population dynamics, and how host and environmental factors affect disease patterns. Using skeletal samples, I examine medieval mortality crises (famine and plague), including the mortality patterns, the demographic and health consequences, and the context of the emergence of the 14th-century plague pandemic referred to as the Black Death.

To learn more about my research and other activities, view the Research page, download my articles from the Publications page, or view my curriculum vitae.

If you are a prospective graduate student, you can learn more about the University of South Carolina Department of Anthropology here. I welcome applications from students with varied geographical and temporal research foci. Please note that I will not be considering applications for Fall 2022 from students wishing to work with me.

Feel free to contact me: dewittes@mailbox.sc.edu

The views and opinions expressed on this website are strictly those of the Sharon DeWitte. The contents of the page have not been reviewed or approved by the University of South Carolina. Page last updated 10/19/2021.