Katrina Elkins

Katrina Elkins2

Katrina holds a B.A. in Biological Anthropology and History from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2016). Her undergraduate research was primarily focused in bioarchaeology and stable isotope analysis, reconstructing linked patterns of ancient diet and mobility in the Peruvian Andes. Katrina’s senior honors thesis addressed ethnographic and isotopic studies of prehistoric weaning behavior and employed stable isotopes as a dietary tracer of infant feeding practices.

At Notre Dame, Katrina intends to explore patterns of nutrition, trauma, and disease in skeletal populations. Her research will employ bioarchaeological and stable isotopic methods in order to investigate the relationship between stressors during early life and health and mortality in adulthood. She seeks in particular to examine unequal social structures stemming from increased population and sociopolitical complexity in response to agricultural intensification, and how such resulting health disparities have the capacity to become biologically embedded, influencing wellbeing over the life course. Katrina is a Notre Dame Dean’s Fellow.

Contact: 208 Corbett Family Hall,  kelkins@nd.edu