Sara M. Getz, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology
Idaho State University
Dr. Getz is currently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Idaho State University. She completed her PhD at Penn State University in 2017 and also holds a BS in Biological Anthropology from Penn State and an MS in Biological and Forensic Anthropology from Mercyhurst University. She has previously held short-term positions as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Mercyhurst University, a Visiting Scientist at The Office of Chief Medical Examiner NYC, a museum aide at the Smithsonian Natural History museum, and an undergraduate intern at the C.A. Pound Human Identification Lab.
She is broadly interested in the factors affecting variability in the human skeleton, how variation can be described and quantified effectively, and what it can help us to say about individuals in forensic and archaeological contexts. She has worked with more than 4,000 modern, historic and archaeological skeletons from many of the world’s well-documented collections, both individually and as part of an international research team. She is also currently working with students on several projects related to forensic taphonomy and outdoor scene processing.
In her free time, she enjoys swing dancing and spending time outdoors, hiking and rock climbing with her husband, Patrick, and their black lab, Biscuits.