Weiss, Elizabeth

Weiss, Elizabeth

Professor, Anthropology


Preferred: elizabeth.weiss@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-5546


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Anthropology, Univ Of Ark-Fayetteville, 2001
  • Master of Arts, Anthropology, CSU-Sacramento, California, United States, 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, Univ Of Cal-Santa Cruz, California, United States, 1996


Dr. Elizabeth Weiss is a professor in the Anthropology Department who teaches physical anthropology courses. Her research expertise is in skeletal analyses of osteoarthritis, muscle markers, and bone cross-sections to reconstruct lifestyles and better understand bone biology.

She completed her B.A. in anthropology from University of California, Santa Cruz in 1996 and finished her M.A. in anthropology from California State University, Sacramento in 1998. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas in Environmental Dynamics (an interdisciplinary program involving anthropology and the geosciences), which she completed in 2001. From 2002 to 2004, she was a post-doctoral research associate at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Elizabeth has presented her research at annual meetings of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Canadian Association of Physical Anthropology, Paleopathology Association, Southwestern Anthropological Association, American Anthropological Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has published nearly three dozen articles in top professional journals (Quaternary Research; American Journal of Physical Anthropology; International Journal of Osteoarchaeology; Journal of Comparative Human Biology: Homo), newsletters (the SAA Archaeological Record, ACPAC Newsletter, and the Paleopathology Newsletter), and magazines (Liberty). Dr. Weiss has published several books (Reburying the Past: The Effects of Repatriation and Reburial on Scientific Inquiry, 2008; Bioarchaeological Science: What we have Learned from Human Skeletal Remains, 2009; Introduction to Human Evolution, 2010; Paleopathology in Perspective: Bone Health and Disease through Time, 2014). Her most recent book, co-authored with James W. Springer, is Repatriation and Erasing the Past (2020).