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Alexandra Klales, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Washburn University

Dr. Klales began her undergraduate career at the University of Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, PA as an Anthropology major with a focus in Biological Anthropology. During this time she completed an internship at the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office which solidified her decision to pursue graduate work in Forensic Anthropology.  

Dr. Klales began her Master’s Degree in Forensic and Biological Anthropology at Mercyhurst College in 2007. Under the guidance of Dr. Dirkmaat, Dr. Symes and Dr. Ousley, she had the opportunity to work on forensic cases and to conduct research in Forensic Anthropology.  Her master's thesis research was on the estimation of sex using non-metric traits of the pubic bone and various statistical analyses (Klales et al. 2012). She began teaching as a graduate student at Mercyhurst, first as a teaching assistant, and then later the opportunity arose to develop her own courses at Mercyhurst. From these early teaching experiences, she discovered that not only was she passionate about the field, but she was also extremely passionate about teaching and sharing that knowledge with students. Since 2009, Dr. Klales has taught Biological and Forensic Anthropology courses at Mercyhurst University, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, the University of Manitoba, and the University of Winnipeg. Upon graduating in 2009, Dr. Klales remained at Mercyhurst for an additional year as a research fellow on two of the department’s National Institute of Justice grants on mass disaster and fatal fire recoveries. 


She then went on to the University of Manitoba to pursue a Ph.D. in Anthropology. Dr. Klales completed her Ph.D. program, under the supervision of Dr. Hoppa and Dr. Elias, in August of 2014 with the successful defense of her dissertation on The Computed Tomography Analysis and Reconstruction of Ancient Egyptians Originating from the Akhmim Region of Egypt: A Biocultural Perspective.” During her Ph.D. studies, Dr. Klales also worked for two seasons as a field osteologist and instructor for the Slavia Foundation Mortuary Archaeology Field School Program through the Adam Mickiewicz University in Drawsko, Poland.


Dr. Klales returned to Mercyhurst as a postdoctoral fellow in August of 2014 and then transitioned to an Assistant Research Professor in 2015.In August of 2016, Dr. Klales accepted an Assistant Professor position in Washburn University's new Forensic Anthropology Program in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. She currently teaches courses in forensic science, forensic anthropology, and human osteology.

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