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Jenna Watson

Ph.D. Student


Jenna Watson is a Ph.D. student in biological anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests broadly include human skeletal biology, human identification, mass disaster victim (MDV) identification, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), human rights, and forensic anthropology. She received her B.A. in anthropology from Wellesley College in 2013. From 2013 – 2014 she served as a Corps Member with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) – FEMA Corps providing administrative support to FEMA’s disaster preparedness, response, and recovery projects in Missouri (Kansas City), Texas (Denton), and FEMA headquarters in Washington D.C. From 2014 – 2016 she worked in New York City as the executive assistant to the executive director of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), a global non-profit organization whose mission is to use medicine and science to document and call attention to mass human rights atrocities.

In 2016 she left PHR to begin graduate school at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she earned an M.A. in anthropology in 2018. As a Master’s student at UTK, Jenna worked as a research assistant on a Department of Defense grant-funded research project assessing different techniques for locating clandestine graves. Jenna also worked as the communications and correspondence manager for the Body Donation Program. Her master’s thesis research involved assessing ArcGIS as a tool for positive identification using frontal sinus radiographs.

As a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Jenna currently works as a volunteer for the Forensic Anthropology Center assisting with the Body Donation Program, forensic casework, and grant-funded research projects, and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the introductory biological anthropology course.

Jenna Watson's CV


Research Interests: human skeletal biology, human identification, mass disaster victim (MDV) identification and management, Geographic Information Systems, human rights, and forensic anthropology.


M.A., Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2018.

Thesis: Positive Identification vis Frontal Sinus Morphology: A Geographic Information Systems Approach.

B.A., Anthropology, Wellesley College, 2013.



2016          Constantinescu, M., Watson, J.M., Crist, T. Short Anthropological Report on the Bronze Age Cemetery from Hăpria. Studii de preistorie.


Conference Presentations:

2013           Watson, J.M., Constantinescu, M., Crist, T. The Bronze Age Cemetery from Hăpria, Romania. American Association of Physical Anthropologists 82nd Annual Conference, Knoxville, TN.

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