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Derek Boyd

Equity & Diversity


Derek Boyd is a Ph.D. student in biological anthropology. His research interests broadly include human skeletal biology, paleopathology, and forensic anthropology. Derek's dissertation research specifically explores the effects of intersectionality on respiratory morbidity and mortality in 18th and 19th century England. However, he is also currently involved in research at the Forensic Anthropology Center (a.k.a. the Body Farm) focused on developing a better understanding of human decomposition. Derek spends a majority of his time outside of school performing various activities with his friends, including running, strength training, playing video games, and exploring the craft beer scene. Derek became a Graduate Student Senator for the Department of Anthropology in August 2018. He spent his first year in the senate as a member of the Equity and Diversity Committee. Since August 2019, he has served as Committee Chair and will continue to do so through the first half of 2020. If you need to reach Derek, you can contact him via email (