Faculty Profile

Karen Weinstein

Associate Professor of Anthropology (2001)

Contact Information


Denny Hall Room 215


Human variation and adaptation, human osteology, human evolution with an emphasis on the evolution of body size and shape and postcranial anatomy in genus Homo, comparative primate skeletal biology, nutritional anthropology


  • B.A., Washington University, 1991
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1994
  • Ph.D., University of Florida, 2001

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

ANTH 100 Intro to Biological Anthro
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of biological anthropology. We will examine the development of evolutionary theory. We will then apply evolutionary theory to understand principles of inheritance, familial and population genetics in humans, human biological diversity and adaptations to different environments, behavioral and ecological diversity in nonhuman primates, and the analysis of the human skeleton and fossil record to understand the origin and evolution of the human family. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This course fulfills the DIV III lab-science distribution requirement. Offered three semesters over a two-year period.

ANTH 229 Princ Human Var & Adaption
This course explores anthropological perspectives on modern human biological diversity. We examine genetic variation, biological and cultural responses to environmental stressors, including climate, altitude, nutrition, infectious and chronic diseases, and population growth and demography. We use our understanding of human biological diversity to examine the notion that race is a social phenomenon with no true biological meaning. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement. Offered every other year.

Spring 2015

ANTH 225 Human Osteology
This course offers an intensive examination of human biological diversity as revealed through the study of human skeletal remains. We will focus on techniques used to identify skeletal remains in archaeological, paleontological, and forensic contexts, as well as examining human skeletal responses to environmental stress and human growth and development throughout the life cycle. Prerequisite: 100 or 229 or permission of the instructor. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement. Offered every other year.

ANTH 331 Principles of Human Evolution
This course offers an intensive examination of the evolution of the human family, from our earliest ancestors to the origin and dispersal of modern humans. We use skeletal biology, geology, and archaeology to understand the human evolutionary record. Prerequisite: Any of the following: 100, 216, 218, 229 or BIOL 100-level course. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement and WR graduation requirements. Offered every spring.