Childhood in the Past: A Bioarchaeological Perspective
ANTHROP 3WO3, McMaster University

Once upon a time, bioarchaeologists viewed children in the archaeological record as passive beings, contributing little to their communities and daily lived experiences. However, recent research has demonstrated that this hasn’t always been the case, and instead, experiences of childhood has varied greatly across space and time. This special topic course considers the contributions, influences, and experiences of children in the past, and explores how bioarchaeologists investigate children to understand their lives, and their communities more broadly. In this class, students will learn about varying approaches to studying childhood in the past, before writing up a grant application for a hypothetical research project, and “pitch” their project to the class.

*Nominated by my students for the McMaster Student Union Teaching Award in 2020, which recognizes outstanding professors who have made an impact on their lives and post-secondary education.

Teaching Assistant Positions

I’ve been a Teaching Assistant (TA) for seven courses at McMaster University including The Black Death, Forensic Anthropology, and Nutritional Anthropology. As a TA, I helped run labs and tutorials, met with students, and designed/marked assessments and exams.


Through the MacPherson Institute at McMaster University, I’ve achieved the Teaching & Learning Foundations Certificate of Completion, including the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW).

Since May 2020, I have also been working as an Educational Development Fellow with the MacPherson Institute. In this capacity, I have been supporting instructors during the transition to on-line teaching in response to COVID-19 global pandemic, by providing consultations and training, as well as developing just-in-time text and video resources. I’ve also reviewed teaching and learning grant applications, helped develop workshops, and performed qualitative data analysis as part of a campus-wide Fall Experience Survey.