Amy Michael

Assistant Professor
Phone: (603) 862-1864
Office: UNH Anthropology, Huddleston Hall, Durham, NH 03824
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Amy Michael is a biological anthropologist and Director of the Forensic Anthropology Identification and Recovery Lab (F.A.I.R. Lab) at UNH. She is interested in gender identity and diversity in forensic casework, human bone and tooth histology, search and recovery methods in northern New England, and collaborative approaches to resolving unidentified cold cases. With training in bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology and historical archaeology, Amy has worked on archaeological field projects in the United States, Belize and Albania. She is increasingly working with experts outside of anthropology (e.g., anatomists, psychologists, professional writers/researchers, and genealogists) to investigate challenging cases with long postmortem intervals, gender diverse decedents, and/or few remaining skeletal elements for analysis.


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Michigan State University
  • M.A., Anthropology, Michigan State University
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Iowa

Research Interests

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Bone and tooth histology
  • Dental anthropology
  • Dental Health & Hygiene
  • Effects of drugs and alcohol on skeletal microstructure
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Forensic Science
  • Maya bioarchaeology
  • Microscopy
  • Pathology
  • Skeletal Diseases
  • Skeletal trauma
  • Skull-photo superimposition and image comparison

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 415: Human Evolution, Fossils & DNA
  • ANTH 550: Intro to Forensic Anth
  • ANTH 655: Bioarchaeology
  • ANTH 660: Human Osteology
  • ANTH 697: Spc Top/Bioarcheology
  • ANTH 699: Senior Thesis
  • ANTH 699H: Honors Senior Thesis
  • ANTH 700: Internship
  • ANTH 797: Advanced Topics/ Bio Anth
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Anthropology
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Anthropology
  • JUST 701: Sem/Legal Issues Forensic Anth

Selected Publications

Blatt, S. H., Michael, A. R., Isa, M. I., & Redgrave, A. (2022). Bye-bye binary: collaborative, gender-expansive strategies for identification of Trans Does. In AMERICAN JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY Vol. 177 (pp. 18-19). Retrieved from

Michael, A. R., Blatt, S. H., Isa, M., Redgrave, A., & Ubelaker, D. H. (2022). Identification of a decedent in a 103-year-old homicide case using forensic anthropology and genetic genealogy. FORENSIC SCIENCES RESEARCH. doi:10.1080/20961790.2022.2034717

Michael, A., Bengtson, J., & Blatt, S. (2021). Genes, Race, Ancestry, and Identity in Forensic Anthropology: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Concerns. Forensic Genomics, 1(2), 41-46. doi:10.1089/forensic.2021.0004

Michael, A. R., & Blatt, S. H. (2021). The Triad Approach for Human Identification: The Role of Biological Anthropologists in Collaborative Forensic Genetic Genealogy Efforts. Forensic Genomics, 1(2), 60-71. doi:10.1089/forensic.2020.0006

Blatt, S., & Michael, A. (2020). Bridging the gap in identification: Sella turcica bridging as a potential positive identification factor. Forensic Imaging, 21, 200384. doi:10.1016/j.fri.2020.200384

Blatt, S., Petersen, K., & Michael, A. (2020). Estimating Age of Mature Adults from Degeneration of the Medial End of the Clavicle in an African American Sample. Forensic Anthropology, 3(1), 39-49. doi:10.5744/fa.2020.1005

O'Gorman, J., Bengtson, J. D., & Michael, A. R. (2020). Ancient history and new beginnings: necrogeography and migration in the North American midcontinent. WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY, 52(1), 16-34. doi:10.1080/00438243.2019.1736138

Michael, A., Wrobel, G., & Biggs, J. (2018). Understanding Late Classic Maya mortuary ritual in caves:
dental evidence of health from macro- and microscopic defects and caries.. In Bioarchaeology of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.

Michael, A. R., & Bengtson, J. D. (2016). Chronic alcoholism and bone remodeling processes: Caveats and considerations for the forensic anthropologist.. J Forensic Leg Med, 38, 87-92. doi:10.1016/j.jflm.2015.11.022

Michael, A. (n.d.). The first five years of the Central Belize Archaeological Survey – political and economic development. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology.

Most Cited Publications