Talk "Using Ancient DNA to Understand the Past: Examples from the Americas," by Jennifer Raff, University of Kansas (Reclaiming the Pre-Modern Past)

The Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History invites you to:


"Using Ancient DNA to Understand the Past: Examples from the Americas" 


A talk by


Assistant Professor of Anthropology

University of Kansas


Ancient DNA methods have emerged as a powerful tool for understanding the past. In this talk, Dr. Raff will discuss the ways in which paleogenomics can complement archaeological and historical methods, but also the limitations (both technical and ethical) of the field. She will use examples from ancient DNA research on the history of the Americas to illustrate the potential--and pitfalls--of this field. 


Dr. Jennifer Raff is an assistant professor at the University of Kansas, in the department of Anthropology.  She studies the genomes of contemporary and ancient peoples in order to uncover details of human prehistory. She is also interested in many topics involving public science literacy, including vaccination, genetics, race, personal ancestry testing, and pseudoarchaeology, topics which are featured in her blog “Violent Metaphors: Thoughts from the Intersection of Science, Pseudoscience, and Conflict.” Follow her on Twitter (@JenniferRaff), and read more about her research in a fascinating series she writes for The Guardian called “The Past and The Curious,” at:


More about Dr. Raff’s work and publications at:


Event details:


Free and open to the public.



This lecture is part of the new IHS series “Reclaiming the Pre-Modern Past,” which examines how new technologies and approaches are enriching our understanding of pre-modern eras and cultures.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Garrison Hall (GAR), 4.100
128 INNER CAMPUS DR , Austin, Texas 78705

Event Type

Academics, Arts & Humanities, Science & Tech, World & Culture


College of Liberal Arts

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, General Public


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