Patrick Beauchesne, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Patrick Beauchesne
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
Behavioral Sciences
Thursdays, 11am-12pm; Fridays, 10am-11am

Teaching Areas:


Research Areas:

Bioarchaeology, Biocultural Theory / Methodology, Growth and Development, Skeletal Biology

Biography and Education

Hello! I grew up in Montreal, Canada, but I’ve also lived in the Toronto area for many years, and then in Berkeley, California for about 10 years.

I am a biological anthropologist and I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Peru, Turkey and Italy to study ancient skeletons to learn about what life was like hundreds to thousands of years ago. Believe it or not, our skeletons record a lot about our lives that a trained observer can help uncover. I’m most interested in how culture shapes biology from the time we’re born into old age.

Although I’m passionate about anthropology, I have many other interests too. I love to cook, talk about food, listen to all kinds of music, watch great TV shows and movies, and spending time with my family.

Research Interests:

Patrick Beauchesne is an anthropologist focusing on Bioarchaeology; Biocultural Theory/Methodology; Skeletal Biology; Growth and Development; Bone Histology; Bone Imaging (pQCT and μCT); Bone Metabolic Disorders; Gender and Health; Human Variation; Bioarchaeology of Children, and Nutritional Anthropology.

Selected Publications:

Kinkopf, K. M., Agarwal, S. C., Goodson, C., Beauchesne, P. D., Trombley, T. M., Candilio, F., ... & Coppa, A. (2021). Economic access influences degenerative spine disease outcomes at rural Late Medieval Villamagna (Lazio, IT). American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 174(3), 500-518.

Trombley, T. M., Agarwal, S. C., Beauchesne, P. D., Goodson, C., Candilio, F., Coppa, A., & Rubini, M. (2019). Making sense of medieval mouths: Investigating sex differences of dental pathological lesions in a late medieval Italian community. American journal of physical anthropology, 169(2), 253-269.

Beauchesne, P., & Agarwal, S. C. (Eds.) (2018). Children and Childhood in Bioarchaeology. University Press of Florida.

Awards and Recognition

  • UM-Dearborn: Creative Teaching Fund – 1000$
  • UM-Dearborn: Rackham Grant 2016 – $14,200
  • UM-Dearborn: Professional Development Grant 2015 – 800$