I completed my B.A. in anthropology from University of California, Santa Cruz in 1996 and finished my M.A. in anthropology from California State University, Sacramento in 1998. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas in Environmental Dynamics (an interdisciplinary program involving anthropology and the geosciences), which I completed in 2001. From 2002 to 2004, I was a post-doctoral research associate at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. I started at San José State University in 2004.
I am also the author, with attorney James W. Springer, of Repatriation and Erasing the Past (University of Florida Press, 2020), which takes a critical look at repatriation laws and the ideology behind these laws. My other books include Reading the Bones: Activity, Biology, and Culture (University Press of Florida, 2017) and Paleopathology in Perspective: Bone Health and Disease through Time (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014).
A full list of my academic publications can be found on my Google Scholar page.
For my perspective on these and other topics, see the essays on https://libertyunbound.com/author/elizabethweiss/.
I have also written for National Association of Scholars, Quillette, Areo Magazine. I have been a guest columnist with Glynn Custred for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and have been published in the Mercury News/the East Bay Times, and the Arizona Daily Star. I have also been featured in Science and USA Today, and have both written for and been featured in The College Fix.
Contact at Elizabeth.Weiss@sjsu.edu