Department of Anthropology
Amy Michael is a biological anthropologist specializing in the investigation of human tooth and bone microstructure in an effort to answer questions about past and modern bodies. Using the principles of skeletal biology, Michael asks questions about health, pathology and age-at-death to better understand people in the past and present. With training in bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology and historical archaeology, Michael has worked on field projects in the United States, Belize and Albania. Michael is passionate about bringing a social justice perspective to her work on forensic cold cases. She is a founding board member and director of professional collaboration for the Trans Doe Task Force, a grassroots organization led by forensic genealogists and anthropologists, which works to identify transgender and non-binary decedents in forensic cases. Michael holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Michigan State University and a B.A. from the University of Iowa. Formerly a lecturer at UNH, Michael teaches Human Evolution, Fossils and DNA; Introduction to Forensic Anthropology; and Bioarchaeology, among other courses.