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Graciela S. Cabana

Graciela S. Cabana

Associate Professor


As an anthropological geneticist, I conduct genetics research as an anthropologist. I study the human genome within a biosocial and biopolitical context, drawing insights from history, archaeology, philosophy of science, science and technology studies, and social theory. 

My research focuses on human movement and its consequences both for the evolution of our genome, and as our notions of personal, group, and national identities. 

My research projects incorporate the tools of ancient and modern DNA analysis, ethnography, computer modeling and statistics, and historical analysis.

Visit my research webpage to read more about my current research.

To see some of my publications, visit my page.

Molecular Anthropology Laboratories (MAL-UTK)

I direct the Molecular Anthropology Laboratories and advise Master's and Doctoral students with varied interests in paleogenomics, bioarchaeology, and science & technology studies



Ph.D. 2002 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Anthropology

M.A. 1996 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Anthropology

B.A. 1990 University of California, Berkeley, Political Science

Professional Service

Co-Chair, Ethics Committee of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Associate Editor, Human Biology: International Journal of Population Genetics & Anthropology


I teach courses in Biological Anthropology, such as:

Evolution & Society (ANTH/EEB 305)

Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology (ANTH 590) 

Paleoanthropology (ANTH 495)

Bioarchaeology (ANTH 584)

Anthropological Genomics/Paleogenomics (ANTH 586)

Graciela S. Cabana

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