Graciela S. Cabana


Asst Professor of Anthropology

University of Tennessee,



Office: 238 SSH

Mailing address:

Dept of Anthropology

University of Tennessee

250 South Stadium Hall

Knoxville, TN 37996-0720


Phone: 865.974.6989

Fax: 865.974.2686

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at UTK.  I was previously an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Arizona State University in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change (SHESC).

My research interests are broad.  I integrate theory and data from biological, archaeological, and cultural sources and applies these to the interpretation of human behavior, past and present.

I specialize in Anthropological Genetics, specifically within the field of ancient DNA studies.  The technical aspects of my research involve fieldwork and data analysis in molecular and morphological laboratories.  I use computer modeling to explore how behavioral, morphological, and genetic phenomena intersect to explore past and present human demography.

I am currently expanding my research interests into two arenas.  First, because I am very interested in understanding the social impact of genetic research, a current project explores the dialectic between genetics and identity formation. Second, in collaboration with the Forensic Anthropology Center (FAC), I am currently developing a Forensic DNA emphasis that will include a dedicated laboratory.

For further information about my research, teaching, and other activities please follow the links above.

Current Favorite Quote:

We habitually think of the social as less real than the biological, what changes is less real than what stays the same. But there is colossal reality to history. It is the modality of human life, precisely what defines us as human. No other species produces and lives in its history, replacing organic evolution with radically new determinants of change.

~ RW Connell, 2005

Last updated: 1/1/09


Graciela Cabana

Graciela S. Cabana


Molecular anthropology

ancient DNA


anthropological genetics