Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Kristrina Shuler

Kristrina Shuler


7052 Haley Center
(334) 844-2825


  • Ph.D., Anthropology (2005), Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • M.A., (1994), University of Southern Mississippi
  • B.A., (1991), University of South Carolina.

Office Hours

  • By appointment

About Kristrina Shuler
Associate Professor and Director of Anthropology

In 2015, Shuler was named Auburn University Honors College Professor of the Year and concurrently received the College of Liberal Arts Award for Teaching Excellence. As an anthropologist, her research focuses on the health and power relations of “historically invisible” groups for whom little or no direct textual evidence exists. Dr. Shuler's solo and collaborative research has contributed rare insight into the lives of colonial enslaved Africans and indigenous Americans, particularly women and children. She has directed several large excavations at historic sites in the southeastern U.S. and Caribbean, including the Newton Plantation in Barbados (ca. 1660–1820). This site was nominated in 2014 for tentative inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List due to its outstanding universal value as part of the “Sugar Revolution.” At present, Shuler is expanding upon her earlier work from the Newton Plantation and on the Maya site of Tipu, Belize to test methodologies and investigate colonial activity and labor roles.

Representative Publications

  • Hodge SC, Shuler KA. Bioarchaeology of the Southeast: Bridging Bones and Behavior. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. Accepted - August 2018.
  • Shuler KA, Poplin EC, Jateff E, Bailey R, Sipes E. A tale of two cemeteries: Bioarchaeology and cultural resources management at site 38CH1648, The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina. In: Hodge SC, Shuler KA, editors. Bioarchaeology of the Southeast: Bridging Bones and Behavior. University of Alabama Press. Accepted - August 2018.
  • White JA, Shuler KA. 2016. An analysis of stature in the Lower Mississippi River Valley during the transition to agriculture. Mississippi Archaeology. 47 (1 & 2): 21-56 (Summer/Winter 2012 issue published in 2016)
  • Shuler KA, Schroeder H. 2013. Evaluating alcohol related birth defects in the past: Skeletal and biochemical evidence from a colonial rum producing community in Barbados, West Indies. International Journal of Paleopathology 3:235-242.
  • Schroeder H, Shuler KA, Chenery S. 2013. Childhood lead exposure in an enslaved African community in Barbados: Implications for birthplace and health status. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 150:203–209.
  • Davis CB, Shuler KA, Danforth ME, Herndon KE. 2013. Patterns of interobserver error in the scoring of entheseal changes. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 23:147–151 (Special issue).
  • Shuler KA, Zeng P, Danforth ME. 2012. Upper limb musculoskeletal stress markers with the transition to agriculture in the southeastern United States: a view from Moundville and the central Tombigbee River Valley. Homo: Journal of Comparative Human Biology 63(6): 413–434.
  • Shuler KA, Hodge SC, Danforth ME, Funkhouser JL, Stantis CB, Cook DN, Zeng P. 2012. In the shadow of Moundville: A bioarchaeological view of the transition to agriculture in the central Tombigbee valley of Alabama and Mississippi. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 31(4):586–603.
  • Shuler KA, Danforth ME, Auerbach J. 2011. Challenges in approaches to skeletal stature estimation: An example from prehistoric eastern Mississippi and western Alabama. Southeastern Archaeology 30(2):377-389.
  • Shuler KA. 2011. Life and death on a Barbadian sugar plantation: Historic and bioarchaeological views of infection and mortality at Newton Plantation. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 21:66-81.
  • Shuler KA. 2009. Childhood stress response in males and females from precontact communities of the central Tombigbee river valley. Mississippi Archaeology 41(2):81-106.
  • Schroeder H, Evans JA, O’Connell T, Shuler KA, Hedges REM. 2009. Trans-Atlantic slavery: Isotopic evidence for forced migration to Barbados. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 139:547-557.
  • Shuler KA, Bailey R, Philips C. 2006. A history of the phosphate mining industry in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with a focus on the Ashley Phosphate Company. South Carolina Antiquities 38(1&2):20-52.
  • Shuler KA. 2005. Nutritional health of enslaved Africans from Newton Plantation, Barbados: New data. Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society LI: 166-186.
  • Danforth ME, Herndon KS (Shuler), Probst KB. 1993. A preliminary study of patterns of replication in scoring of linear enamel hypoplasias. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 3:297-302.

Last Updated: September 13, 2019