A student conducts an experiment in one of the labs at Cal U.A student conducts an experiment in one of the labs at Cal U.

Dr. Cassandra L. Kuba

Education

  • B.S.: Anthropology, Mercyhurst College
  • M.S.: Human Biology, University of Indianapolis
  • Ph.D.: Anthropology, Arizona State University
  • Post-baccalaureate Certification: Forensic Science, Duquesne University

Biography

Dr. Cassandra Kuba is a biological anthropologist, specializing in forensic anthropology and historic bioarchaeology. She enjoys sharing her excitement regarding the human skeleton with her students. Anthropology majors and others taking her classes can rest assured knowing they will have many hands-on opportunities to learn how to unlock the mysteries written in every bone.

Courses

  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Human Osteology
  • Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Research Methods and Lab in Physical Anthropology
  • Advanced Seminar in Forensic Anthropology
  • Introduction to Forensic Sciences
  • Research Methods in Justice Studies
  • Seminar in Physical Anthropology
  • Senior Seminar in Anthropology
  • Human Origins

Research Interests

  • The human skeleton
  • Taphonomy (what happens to the body from death to recovery)
  • Impact of burial environments on the interpretation of decomposed remains at crime scenes
  • Skeletal traumas and pathologies
  • Post-medieval British skeletal remains
  • Impact of family burial practices

Student Research Projects

  • Analysis of remains prior to return to living descendants
  • Forensic cases

Service Learning Projects

  • Judge, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science
  • On call with local police to analyze human remains in forensic investigations
  • Collaborative archaeology project with Elizabeth Forward Middle School
  • Community archaeology projects

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Justice, Law & Society

Academic Program(s)

  • B.S. Justice Studies
  • B.A. Anthropology

Contact Information

Email:
kuba@calu.edu

Phone:
724-938-4283

Office:
Azorsky Hall 118

Quotable

"Working at Cal U has given me the opportunity to realize my own dream - to teach at a smaller institution where I can provide real-world experience to my students in forensic anthropology; to have a lab that can assist law enforcement and medical-legal personnel with their cases; and to give back to my community."

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