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Ocean Shadows by Pamela Hogdon

Graciela S. Cabana,PhD

Professor of Anthropology

As an anthropologist, I study the human genome within a biosocial context. To do so, I draw insights from the disciplines of history, archaeology, sociology, philosophy of science, science and technology studies, and human evolutionary studies.


My work focuses on large-and small-scale human movements

 and their consequences  for the evolution of our genome

as well as on our notions of personal, collective, and national identities. 


My research projects incorporate the tools of ancient and modern DNA analysis, ethnography, qualitative and quantitative data analyses, and historical analysis.


To see some of my publications, visit my page.


At the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, I direct the Molecular Anthropology Laboratories (Cabana Lab) and advise Master's and Doctoral students with varied interests in

paleogenomics, bioarchaeology, and science & technology studies.


I also teach courses in Biological Anthropology, such as:

Science: What is It, What Can it Be? (ANTH 459)

Anthropology & the Genome (ANTH 470)

Basic Molecular Biology Techniques (ANTH 474)

Laboratory Studies in Biological Anthropology (ANTH 585)

Anthropological Genetics  (ANTH 586)

Theory in Biological Anthropology (ANTH 590)

Research Design & Proposal Writing (ANTH 690)

Hear my name


Office: Strong Hall, Rm 414

Phone: 865.974.6989


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