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Graciela S. Cabana

Associate Professor (she/her) & Director, Molecular Anthropology Laboratories. Director of Graduate Studies


As an anthropologist, I study the human genome within a biosocial context. To do so, I draw insights from the disciplines of history, archaeology, 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.

Visit my research webpage.

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 (STS).


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

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

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

Professional Service

Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook of Biological Anthropology (starting with the 2024 issue).

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

Associate Editor, Bioarchaeology International.


Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology (ANTH 590) 

Anthropology & the Genome (ANTH 470)

Basic Molecular Biology Techniques (ANTH 474)

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