PhD Candidate

Contact Info

Baldwin G22

I am biocultural anthropologist, with a focus in bioarchaeology. I am interested in how social structures and individual action interact to shape human biology in the past. My dissertation research integrates social theory and stable isotope methodologies to examine the impact of military service on the diet and nutrition of 19th century Napoleonic and Russian soldiers.

In addition to my dissertation research, I work as an osteologist with the Dayr al-Barsha Project in Egypt where I examine human skeletal remains from Old Kingdom/1st Intermediate, Middle Kingdom, and Roman period cemeteries. This work focuses on reconstructing the health and lifeways of ancient Egyptians.

Of note:


2018-2020 The Beverly Hirsch Frank Graduate Fellowship for Women in Science ($2000/year)

2018-2019 Graduate Education Advancement Board Fellowship ($2500)

2019 Excellence in Teaching Award ($1000)

2018 Brian Daniel Gumbert Archaeological Graduate Research Award ($750)

2018 Human Biology Association Student Member Travel Award ($500)

2018 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

2018 Hudson Teaching Award

2017-2018 Future Faculty Fellowship Program

2017 The Graduate School Dean’s Award ($3000)

2017 Melissa Hague Field Study Award ($500)

2016 Title VIII Program for Research and Training in Eastern Europe and Eurasia Fellowship in the Lithuanian Language ($5300)


Selected Conference Presentations

2019 Crespo C, Holder S, Dillon SJ. Academic Sterilization: Emotions, Bodies, and Knowledge Production. Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. Sep 4-7.

2019 Holder S, Reisema LJ, Dupras T, Jankauskas R. Exploring Cooperation and Hierarchy among Napoleonic Soldiers by Reconstructing Dietary Variation using Stable Isotope Analysis. Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting. Albuquerque, NM. April 10-14.

2018 Holder S, Reitsema LJ. Engaging Bioarchaeology Undergraduate Students through Writing in the Discipline. Canadian Association of Physical Anthropology Annual Meeting. London, ON. Oct 31-Nov 3.

2018  Holder S, Miliauskienė Ž, Jankauskas R, Dupras TL. Childhood Growth Disruptions and Adult Stature: A Bioarchaeological Investigation of Life History in Napoleonic Soldiers. Austin, TX. April 11-12. DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.23110

2017 Holder S, Reitsema LJ, Garland CJ, Smith AK, Lunsford J, Krajewska M, Kozłowski T. Addressing the Inertness of Bones and Teeth in Isotopic Studies of Stress and Disease: A Review of Advances and Future Prospects. American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. April 19-22. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23210 Y

2016 Holder S, Reitsema LJ, Dupras TL, Jankauskas R. Women in War: A Multi-isotopic Analysis of Females Discovered in a Mass Grave with Napoleonic Solders. American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. April 13-16. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22955


Symposia Organized

2019 Gender, the Body, and Fieldwork Across Disciplines Symposium, Athens, GA. April 19. Co-organizer: Christina Crespo.

2018 Starting the Conversation: Women and the Field in the Social Sciences Keynote and Roundtable Discussion, Athens, GA. March 30. Co-organizer: Christina Crespo.


Workshops and Symposium Sessions Organized

2019 Exploring Intersections of Identity, Fieldwork, and Knowledge Production through Role Play. Gender, the Body, and Fieldwork Across Disciplines Symposium, Athens, GA. April 19. Co-organizer: Christina Crespo.

2019 Strategies for Identifying and Addressing Hidden Assumptions in the Classroom, Spring Teaching Symposium, Athens, GA. Feb 2. Co-organizers: Christina Crespo and Chioma Kas-Osoka.

2018 How to Build a Teaching Portfolio When You Aren’t the Teacher, Spring Teaching Symposium, Athens, GA. February 10. Co-organizers: Kelsey Crane, Julie Grainy, and Pedro Monarrez.

2017 Stable Isotope Advances in Studies of Stress and Disease, American Association of Physical Anthropology 86thAnnual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. April 19-22. Co-organizer and co-chair: Dr. Laurie Reitsema




2013, Master of Arts, University of Central Florida, Department of Anthropology

2010, Bachelor of Arts, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Anthropology, Summa cum laude

2010, Certificate: Conceptual Foundations of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

Research Areas:
Research Interests:

Biocultural anthropology; bioarchaeology; stable isotope analysis; diet reconstruction; human osteology; paleopathology; nutritional stress; Europe; Egypt

Selected Publications:

Reitsema, LJ, and Holder S. (2018). Stable Isotope Analysis and the Study of Human Stress, Disease, and Nutrition. Bioarchaeology International 2(2):63-74DOI: 10.5744/bi.2018.1018

Holder S, Dupras TL, Jankauskas R, Williams LJ, and J. Schultz. (2017). Reconstructing Diet in Napoleon’s Grand Army using Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 163(1):53-63. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23184


2019 Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grants for Doctoral Students ($2000)

2019 Norman Herz Small Grants for Student Research ($550)

2018 Summer Research Travel Grant for Doctoral Students ($2000)

2017 Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research ($1000)

2017 Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grants for Doctoral Students ($2500)