Erin C. Blankenship-Sefczek, PhD

Erin C. Blankenship-Sefczek, PhD

Erin C. Blankenship-Sefczek, PhD

Resident Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences


  • Biological Anthropology
  • Dental Anthropology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Embryonic Dental Development
  • Ancient Maya Studies

Academic Appointments


  • Cultural and Social Studies


  • Resident Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • ANT 113-Introduction to Anthropology-Cultural Determinants of Health
  • ANT 400-Forensic Anthropology
  • ANT 499-Senior Capstone
  • ANT/SOC/HAP 418-Healthcare, Society and Culture
  • EXS 112-Human Physiology


Erin Blankenship-Sefczek received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Aarts in anthropology with an emphasis in biological anthropology and bioarchaeology from San Diego State University. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology with an emphasis in dental anthropology and bioarchaeology from Ohio State University. 

Publications and Presentations




Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Dental development, physiological stress markers, tooth morphology, ancient health and social systems, disease and trauma.

Current Research Projects

  • I have two ongoing research projects.
    • The first is an exploration of the complexities of the ancient Maya social system and it's impact on biological health. This project continues through the Biological Anthropology Lab located in CR 426C. For more information and to discuss oportunities for research, contact me at
    • I am also working to understanding the effects of childhood physiological stress and diet on tooth size and shape.