The purpose of this thesis is to understand the occupation of forensic anthropology. My research took place at a premier university for forensic anthropology in the US. This university was chosen because they have a forensic anthropological research facility. I interviewed eight people involved with the university's department of anthropology and the research facility. These people ranged from graduate students to the director of the facility. I analyzed the themes from these interviews using organizational culture theory. This theory was used because to understand the individuals, an understanding of the context in which they work is necessary. I discovered that forensic anthropologists experience a variety of challenges and rewards in the course of their work that is not explicit in the literature. The people I studied valued education, collaboration, and helping others.


Frese, Pamela


Sociology and Anthropology


Biological and Physical Anthropology | Educational Sociology


forensic anthropology, ethnography

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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