Associate Professor; Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 2008
B.A., Pomona College 2000
Bioarchaeology, human skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, narrative interpretations of gender and identity; ancient Near East, eastern Mediterranean, Arabian gulf
To put it simply, I am a bioarchaeologist. My research focuses on ancient Near Eastern, Gulf, and eastern Mediterranean cultures, which I have cultivated through fieldwork in Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, and Crete. I have also worked on collections at the British Museum, University College London and, most recently, the Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology. My recent projects emphasize community collaboration and stakeholder-oriented interpretation and outreach.
To put it less simply, I am a broadly trained anthropologist whose research draws from biological anthropology, archaeology, and social theory, thus bridging the anthropological subfields. I use human skeletal remains, archaeological contexts, and ancient texts to explore embodied personhood in all of its iterations --gender, sex, age, class, kin relations, religion, etc. I interpret these personhoods by means of fictive osteobiographical narratives, which are framed in terms of a life course model.
Alexis T. Boutin and Benjamin W. Porter. “The Elders of Dilmun: A Bioarchaeological Analysis of Masculiniy from the Peter B. Cornwall Collection.” In Life and Death in Ancient Arabia: Mortuary and Bioarchaeological Perspectives, L. Gregoricka and K. Williams, eds. University Press of Florida.
Alexis T. Boutin and Matthew Paolucci Callahan. “Increasing Empathy and Reducing Prejudice: An Argument for Fictive Osteobiographical Narrative.” Bioarchaeology International 3(1).
Alexis T. Boutin. “Writing Bioarchaeological Stories to Right Past Wrongs.” In Bioarchaeologists Speak Out: Deep Time Perspectives on Contemporary Issues, J. E. Buikstra, ed. Springer, pp. 283-303.
Madison Long and Alexis T. Boutin. “A Skull's Tale: From Middle Bronze Age Subject to Teaching Collection 'Object'.” In Bioarchaeological Analyses and Bodies: New Ways of Knowing Anatomical and Archaeological Skeletal Collections, P. K. Stone, ed. Springer, pp. 213-230.
Alexis T. Boutin, Madison Long, Rudy A. Dinarte, Erica R. Thompson. “Building a Better Bioarchaeology Through Community Engagement.” Bioarchaeology International 1(3-4): 191-204.
Alexis T. Boutin, “Exploring the Social Construction of Disability: An Application of the Bioarchaeology of Personhood Model to a Pathological Skeleton from Ancient Bahrain.” International Journal of Paleopathology 12: 17-28.
Benjamin W. Porter and Alexis T. Boutin, editors. Remembering and Commemorating the Dead: Recent Contributions in Bioarchaeology and Mortuary Analysis from the Ancient Near East. University of Colorado Press.
Alexis T. Boutin and Benjamin W. Porter. “Commemorating Disability in Early Dilmun: Ancient and Contemporary Tales from the Peter B. Cornwall Collection.” In Remembering and Commemorating the Dead: Recent Contributions in Bioarchaeology and Mortuary Analysis from the Ancient Near East, B. W. Porter and A. T. Boutin, eds. University of Colorado Press, pp. 97-132.
Alexis T. Boutin, Whitney R. McClellan, and Daniel A. Cusimano. “Life and Death at Tell en-Naṣbeh: A Bioarchaeological Analysis.” In "As for me, I will dwell at Mizpah ...": The Tell en-Naṣbeh Excavations after 85 Years. A. Brody and J. R. Zorn, eds. Gorgias Press, pp. 31-58.
Alexis T. Boutin, Gloria L. Nusse, Sabrina B. Sholts, and Benjamin W. Porter. “Face to Face With the Past: Reconstructing a Teenage Boy from Early Dilmun,” Near Eastern Archaeology 75(2): 68-79.
Benjamin W. Porter and Alexis T. Boutin. “The Dilmun Bioarchaeology Project: A first look at the Peter B. Cornwall Collection at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum,” Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 23: 35-49.
Alexis T. Boutin. “Written in Stone, Written in Bone: The Osteobiography of a Bronze Age Craftsman from Alalakh.” In The Bioarchaeology of Individuals, A. L.W. Stodder and A. M. Palkovich, eds. University Press of Florida, pp. 193-214.
Breathing New Life into the Evidence of Death: Contemporary Approaches to Bioarchaeology, A. Baadsgaard, A. T. Boutin, and J. E. Buikstra, eds. SAR Press.
Alexis T. Boutin. “Crafting a Bioarchaeology of Personhood: Osteobiographical Narratives from Alalakh.” In Breathing New Life into the Evidence of Death: Contemporary Approaches to Bioarchaeology, A. Baadsgaard, A. T. Boutin, and J. E. Buikstra, eds. SAR Press, pp. 109-133.