About Me

Elise Adams (she/her) is a Master’s student in the Applied Anthropology program (forensic and bioarchaeological concentration) at Mississippi State University (MSU). Her thesis research focuses on deciphering the structural and systemic barriers that influence recovery time of human remains, and whether demographic factors that impact recoveries of human remains in the Southeast U.S. region are consistent with factors that impact recoveries throughout the entire U.S. Aside from work on her thesis research, she has published on topics related to structural violence and vulnerability, etiologies of traumatic brain injuries secondary to cranial depression fractures, public health, and paleopathology.

She is currently working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Biological Sciences at MSU, overseeing the Biology II, Human Anatomy, and Comparative Anatomy Labs. Prior to this, she was a Graduate Research Assistant for the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures and the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at MSU, where she assisted in collaboration with Choctaw tribal leaders on a project to repatriate human remains and associated funerary objects. She is also a Team Lead for the MS State Forensic Recovery Team and has assisted on forensic search and recoveries for several sheriff’s offices in the state of Mississippi and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Missing and Murdered Unit. Further in this capacity as a Team Lead, she has assisted in training participants from multiple sheriff’s offices on forensic excavation and recovery techniques at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers’ Training Academy (MLEOTA). Her past experiences include work at the Field Museum and as an intern for the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

She is a Student Affiliate of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and the current Student Liaison for the Anthropology Section. She is also a Student Member of the American Association of Biological Anthropologists (AABA), and was the 2023-2024 Student Liaison to the Executive Committee.