Gail Hughes-Morey, Ph.D, M.A., B.A.


Health Sciences Program


Assistant Professor

Contact info: 

Office: Ricketts 330

Degree Information:

PhD Anthropology, University at Albany, SUNY, Dissertation: Body size and mortality in post-medieval England
MA Anthropology, University at Albany, SUNY, Thesis: Prisoners, paupers and unknown persons: burial container form as an indicator of social status within the Albany County Almshouse Cemetery
BA Anthropology, Queens College, CUNY, Thesis: The expression of Allen’s rule in the modern human child

Courses Taught:

HSC 204: Introduction to Health Professions
HSC 206: Cultural Perspectives of Health, Disability and Wellness
HSC 405: Community Health Education
HSC 410: Complementary Health Care


My primary research areas are human osteology, bioarchaeology, and paleodemography. In particular, I am interested in biocultural interactions and the bioarchaeological evidence of those interactions. My recent work focuses on the relationships between socioeconomic status, stature, and mortality in industrializing London.

Recent Publications:

DeWitte SN and GM Hughes-Morey (2012). Stature and frailty during the Black Death: the effect of stature on risks of epidemic mortality in London, A.D. 1348-1350. Journal of Archaeological Science 39: 1412-1419


2011 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award

Professional Organizations:

American Association of Physical Anthropologists
Human Biology Association
American Anthropological Association


Hobbies and interests: hiking, photography, writing, physical fitness