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Dr. Hannah E. Marsh

Assistant Professor of Anthropology


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Office: Wood Hall 136P

Office Phone: (660) 543-8748




Dr. Marsh is a physical anthropologist, teaching courses that cover the many topics of her subdiscipline, including ANTH 1810 Human Prehistory, ANTH 2845 Physical Anthropology, ANTH 3810 Applied Anthropology, ANTH 4810 Forensic Anthropology, ANTH 2830 Hoax and Myth in Anthropology, and ANTH 3840 Human Variation. She will be introducing Human Evolution and Primate Behavior as new upper level courses in the coming semesters.


Her research focuses on cranial vault thickness in Homo erectus and recent humans, as well as diachronic trends in Homo erectus tooth size variation.

Dr. Marsh participates in public discourse on what the concept of "race" in American society actually means, and highlights how the societal use of this concept has no biological basis. As part of this process, she has delivered her public address "Race and Biology: Why do we look different and what does it all mean?" at various institutions, including Kirkwood Community College, the University of Iowa, Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA, and at UCM. This work recently won Second Place in the Mead Competition for New Public Anthropologists, sponsored by Allegra Lab and the open journal Sapiens. The essay was published 1 February 2017, and the link cab be accessed below.


2017 "The Biological Fallacy of America's Race Problem," Second Place in the Mead Competition for New Public Anthropologists: the article can be read here.

2016 Dental size reduction in Homo: Implications for the PU-198 premolar and the appearance of Homo sapiens on Java, Journal of Human Evolution 90: 4954. w/ Joshua Polanski and Scott Maddux

2013 Beyond Thick versus Thin: Mapping Cranial Vault Thickness Patterns in Recent Homo sapiens; Dissertation; Advisor Dr. Russell L. Ciochon

2011 New 1.5 Million-year-old Homo erectus maxilla from Sangiran (Central Java, Indonesia).  Journal of Human Evolution 61: 363-376. w/Yahdi Zaim, Russell Ciochon, Joshua Polanski, Frederick Grine, Arthur Bettis, Yan Rizal, Robert Franciscus, Roy Larick, Matthew Heizler, Aswan, and K. Lindsay Eaves