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Contact Info

Office: Baldwin Hall, G22


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

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

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

Dissertation Research

I am a 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.

Other Work

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.

I am also interested in pedagogy and mentorship in the university setting. As part of UGA's Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching, I completed a SoTL project with my advisor, Dr. Laurie Reitsema, on a project that utilizes writing in the disciplines pedagogy to teach undergraduate students about different approaches to bioarchaeology and its potential to contribute to contemporary social issues. We guest edited a recent special issue of UGA's peer-reviewed undergraduate journal, The Classic Journal

Selected Publications & Presentations


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

2017 Holder S, Dupras TL, Jankauskas R, Williams LJ, and J. Schultz. 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

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