Adjunct Research Associate
M.A. Anthropology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb 1982
B.A. Art History, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb 1973
Research interests: paleopathology, evidence for violence and warfare in human skeletal remains, evidence for osseous changes induced by specific occupations or activities, and taphonomic processes on human bone.
Robin retired from the OSA in 2016, after 27 years working as a bioarchaeologist here. In addition to her extensive research and work on NAGPRA issues and ancient human skeletal remains from Iowa, she played an integral role in creating the University of Iowa-Stanford Collection and has consulted on human remains from the Cayonu site in Turkey. She is the co-author, with Jennifer Mack, of the book, Dubuque’s Forgotten Cemetery: Excavating a Nineteenth Century Burial Ground in a Twenty-First-Century City (2015 University of Iowa Press). Dubuque’s Forgotten Cemetery was selected for the James Deetz Book award by the Society for Historical Archaeology in 2017.