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Office: HO-118
Local: 5413

Courses taught: Introduction to Anthropology, Human Evolution, Amerindians, Social Science Research Methods, and Integration in the Social SciencesSarah Bean first became fascinated by Anthropology after taking courses at McGill University in Prehistoric Archaeology and Human Evolution and participating in an archaeological excavation at a Neolithic site in northern Finland. After completing her B.A. (Anthropology and History), Sarah obtained an Ontario Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship at Sir Sandford Fleming College. Her internship at the Canadian Museum of Civilization further increased her passion for all things museum and Anthropology related.  In 2008, Sarah joined McGill University’s WOW Lab, a Science Education Research and Development Project, where she helped create evolution education activities for elementary and high school students. She also became a member of The Evolution Education Research Centre at McGill, which is currently researching the ways that evolution is presented in the curriculum across Canada. Sarah began her Masters of Arts in Anthropology at McGill University in 2009, and was interested in finding out how human evolution was presented in museums across Canada, and also how Creationist Museums were dealing with the topic of human origins.



Office: HO-118
Local: 5117

Courses taught: Forensic Anthropology, Social Science Research Methods, and Quantitative Research Methods

Biographical information: Growing up around the world made me easily and quickly accustomed to many different cultures which is probably the main reason why I naturally oriented myself towards Anthropology. I came to Montreal 12 years ago to study Physical Anthropology in which I completed both a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. degree at the Université de Montréal.  Being interested in Molecular Biology as well as Forensic Sciences, I also completed a certificate in Ancient DNA extraction and analysis at the Paleo-DNA Lab of the Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario; and two certificates in Forensic Medicine and Crime Scene Investigation from the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Criminologie in Paris, France. I am currently pursuing a second Master’s degree in Museum Studies.

My main areas of interest are paleoanthropology, human evolution, functional anatomy, comparative anatomy, human osteology, skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, and ancient DNA. Specific research interests include the understanding of the macroscopic and microscopic skeletal adaptations to mechanical loads and variations, to better interpret skeletal markers of activity patterns and related injury patterns in osteological remains, especially in Neanderthals. I am also interested in understanding the evolution of primates’ upper limbs in terms of locomotor behavior, especially the shoulder and elbow joint.

Since 2009, I have been the project director of an Osteological Workshop Program in Transylvania, Romania. This program is offered to students who wish to participate in past-population research projects and develop or improve their osteological analysis and research skills.



Office: HO-114 
Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-10:30     
Local: 5118

Courses taught: Introduction to Anthropology, First Civilizations, Human Evolution, and Forensic Anthropology

Biographical information: Prof. Holland has been teaching at John Abbott College since 1975. He began his undergraduate studies in Molecular Biology and Art History at Pace University, and completed his BA in Anthropology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. His graduate studies in Anthropology include the University of Manitoba (MA) and McGill University (PhD Residency). He holds a Diploma in College Education from l’Université de Sherbrooke and has pursued post-graduate studies in History at Concordia University. He has continued his education in Forensic Anthropology through studies at Mercyhurst College and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His continuing research interests are in Forensic Anthropology and the Archaeology of the Northern Sonora Desert.                                                                     


Office: HO-108
Local: 5122

Courses taught: Introduction to Anthropology, Amerindians, Peoples of the World, Race & Racism, and First Civilizations

Biographical information: I grew up in Mexico and came to study to Montreal in 1998 to do a Bachelors Degree in Arts and Sciences, I was mainly interested in religious studies and cultural anthropology. In 2003, I did a Masters Degree in Cultural Anthropology and focused on the religious practices of the Huichol Indians of Mexico. I have been teaching since 2007. My main interests are socio-cultural anthropology and Native American ethnology as well as ethnohistory. My thesis, Entre costumbre et mondialisation, La Semaine sainte chez les Huichols du Mexique,  was in part published in a book entitled: Religious Dynamics of Indigenous People of the Americas (Kartala, 2012).


Office: HO-114
Local: 5125

Courses taught: Introduction to Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Peoples of the World, Race & Racism, Human Evolution, Social Science Research Methods, and Integration in the Social Sciences.

Biographical information: I have been teaching Anthropology since 1996. I began my academic journey at Concordia University where I completed a B.A. honours in Anthropology with a minor in Linguistics. My interest in culture and language continued through at the Master’s level at McGill University, where I carried out an analysis of children’s narratives from the Solomon Islands, focussing on urbanization and cultural and linguistic ‘creolization’. My interest in things ‘creole’ brought me to the Caribbean to carry out Ph.D. research with a focus on gender identities and relations in the context of decolonization. After completing my studies, I worked as a fellow or a research associate on various research projects involving immigrant populations in Montreal, notably concerning communication in inter-cultural healthcare situations, and participatory research. In addition to academic work towards degree programs, my training also includes a graduate course in teaching at the post-secondary level and several teaching workshops. With regards to research, I participated as a CIHR-funded fellow in a transdisciplinary researcher training program.