Heather J.H. Edgar, PhD

Biography

Dr. Edgar received her training from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A.), Arizona State University (M.A.), and The Ohio State University (Ph.D.). She served as the Curator of Human Osteology for the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology for 14 years before joining the OMI. Her primary research is in dental anthropology, especially of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and pre- and post-contact Mexicans. 

Dr. Edgar is a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She is President of the Dental Anthropology Association (2016-2019). She is also a member of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Review Committee (2015-2019).

Education

Board Certifications:
Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Anthropology, 2020

Undergrad: Bachelor of Arts, 1990, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Graduate: Master of Arts, 1994, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, Anthropology

Doctoral: Doctor of Philosophy, 2002, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Anthropology

Key Publications

Rautman ALM, Edgar HJH. in press. Childhood variation in skeletal and dental development. Dental Anthropology Journal.

Berry SD, Edgar HJH. 2019. Standardizing Data from the Dead. Stud Health Technol Inform 264:1427-1428.

Ragsdale CS, Willermet C, and Edgar HJH. 2019. Changes in indigenous population structure in colonial Mexico City and Morelos. Int J Osteoarchaeology 39(4):501-512. https://doi.org/10.1002/oa.2743

Gross J, Edgar H. 2019. Informativeness of dental morphology in ancestry estimation in African Americans. Am J Phys Anthropol. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.23768

Healy M, Edgar HJH, Mosley C, Hunley KL. 2018. Associations between ethnic identity, regional history, and genomic ancestry in New Mexican of Spanish-speaking descent. Biodemography and Social Biology 64(2): 152-170. DOI:10.1080/19485565.2018.1545563

Pilloud MA, Maier C, Scott GR, Edgar HJH. 2018. Molar crenulation trait definition and variation in modern human populations. Homo: J Comparative Hum Biol DOI:10.1016/j.jchb.2018.06.001

Edgar HJH. 2017. Dental Morphology for Anthropology: An Illustrated Manual. Routledge.

Hunley KL, Edgar HJH, Healy M, Mosley C, Cabana G, West F. 2017. Social Identity in New Mexicans of Spanish-Speaking Descent Highlights Limitations of Using Standardized Ethnic Terminology in Research. Hum Biol 89(3):Article 4.

Daneshvari Berry S, Edgar HJH. 2017. Development of a large-scale, whole body CT image database. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings 1951.

Healy ME, Gross J, Hill D, Berwick M, Edgar HJH, Hunley KL. 2017. Social-group identity and population substructure in admixed populations in New Mexico and Latin America. PLoS ONE 12(10):e0185503.

Cucina A, Edgar, HJH, Ragsdale CR. 2017. Oaxaca and its neighbors in prehispanic times: population movements from the perspective of dental morphological traits. Special issue: The bioarchaeology of Oaxaca. J Archaeological Sci: Reports. 13:751-758.