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Arthur Washburn, PhD

Associate Professor, Biomedical Education and Data Science

Arthur Washburn
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About Me

Research Interests

Dr. Washburn was trained in biological (physical) anthropology with an emphasis in human paleontology and paleoprimatology. His research interests have focused on the functional morphology of the sexually dimorphic canine/premolar honing complex in anthropoid primates and early hominids and the subsequent loss of this dental complex in the human lineage. This work has led him in other directions, several of which involve the human dentition. He is interested in bringing the anthropologist’s diagnosis of oral pathology in ancient bone and teeth more in line with current standards observed in clinical dentistry. He has been involved with many bioarchaeology projects that have conducted the excavation, analysis, and eventual reburial of human remains from cemeteries that required relocation due to federal or state funded highway or building projects. He is a forensic consultant with the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office and with medical examiners and coroners in surrounding counties.

Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • PhD, Biological Anthropology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1996
  • MA, Anthropology, SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 1982
  • MA, African Studies, SUNY at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY, 1978
  • MS Ed, Social Studies, SUNY at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY, 1971
  • BA, History, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, 1969

Digital Bibliography

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Cranial Bone Displacement in Potential Child Abuse Cases.  By T.A.J. Crist, A. Washburn, H. Park, I. Hood, and M.A. Hickey.  In Forensic Taphonomy:  The Post-Mortem Fate of Human Remains, edited by W.D. Haglund and M.H. Sorg.  Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, 1997.

Inventory, NAGPRA Assessment, And Stabilization Of Specimens In The Anatomical Collection Of The Wistar Institute Of Anatomy And Biology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  T.A.J. Crist, G.S. McGowan, and A. Washburn.  Philadelphia, PA, John Milner Associates, 1995.

"A Distinct Church of the Lord Jesus":  The History, Archeology, and Physical Anthropology of the Tenth Street First African Baptist Church Cemetery.  T.A.J. Crist, R.M. Pitts, A. Washburn, J.P. McCarthy, and D.G. Roberts.  Philadelphia, PA, John Milner Associates, 1996... Expand