Danielle Kurin

University of California, Santa Barbara Professor

An experienced researcher and teacher, Danielle Kurin, PhD,  served at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as assistant professor of bioarchaeology, and later as a tenured asswociate professor. A member of the department of anthropology, Danielle Kurin, PhD, focused her field investigations in the Andes on the impact of natural disasters on populations and human bodies over the years.

In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate classes on campus, Dr. Kurin has directed international field research programs based in Andahuaylas, a south-central highland region of Peru. Her recently published articles center on health, migration, inequality, and violence, as well as underlying ethnic issues underlying pre-Columbian Andean history.

Dr. Kurin has consulted on a variety of contemporary forensic cases spanning North and South America. She is an expert consultant with both the Government of the Republic of Peru and the U.S. Embassy in Lima, and serves as physical anthropologist with entities such as the California Department of Justice and the Santa Barbara Police Department. She also served on the executive board of the Institute for Field Research, and is a longtime member of several professional associations.

Santa Barbara, CA, US

Work Experience

Jan 1, 2013 - Present

Assistant Professor

University of California at Santa Barbara 


Sep 1, 2008 - Dec 1, 2012


Vanderbilt University

Sep 1, 2006 - Jun 1, 2008


Vanderbilt University

Sep 1, 2001 - May 1, 2005


Anthropology & Hispanic Studies