Jenna Watson is a Ph.D. student in biological anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests broadly include bioarchaeology, paleopathology, human migration, human skeletal biology, stable isotope analysis, 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 has worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Biological Anthropology, and completed an internship at the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center in Memphis, TN. Jenna currently works with the Forensic Anthropology Center assisting with the Body Donation Program and community outreach, forensic casework, and grant-funded research projects, and works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Biology.
Bioarchaeology, paleopathology, epidemiology, social determinants of health, human migration and mobility, human skeletal biology, stable isotope analysis, forensic anthropology, human identification, Disaster Victim Identification (DVI), Mass Fatality Management, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and human rights.
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.
Awards and Recognitions
2020 Thomas Fellowship, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Amount: $10,000.00
2019 The William M. Bass Endowment, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Amount: $500.00
2019 Turingan, R.S., Brown, J., Kaplun, L., Smith, J., Watson, J.M., Boyd, D.A., Steadman, D., and Selden, R.F. Identification of Human Remains Using Rapid DNA Analysis. International Journal of Legal Medicine. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00414-019-02186-y.
2016 Constantinescu, M., Watson, J., Crist, T.A., Short Anthropological Report on the Bronze Age Cemetery from Hăpria. Studii de Preistorie.
2020 Watson, J.M. Fracture Patterns Associated with an Airplane Propeller Strike: A Case From the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 72nd Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA. pg. 93.
2019 Watson, J.M. Positive Identification via Frontal Sinus Morphology: A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Approach. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 71st Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD. pg. 104.
2013 Watson, J.M., Constantinescu, M., Crist, T. The Bronze Age Cemetery from Hăpria, Romania. American Association of Physical Anthropologists 82ndAnnual Conference, Knoxville, TN.