Sharon in SRP cryptI am a biological anthropologist, currently in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina. I will be joining the Institute of Behavioral Science and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder in August 2023. I have  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 human skeletal remains, I examine medieval mortality crises (famine and plague) in European contexts, including the mortality patterns, the demographic and health consequences, and the context of the emergence of the 14th-century plague pandemic commonly 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.

Feel free to contact me: sharon.dewitte@colorado.edu

The views and opinions expressed on this website are strictly those of the Sharon DeWitte. Page last updated 6/5/2023.