Sarah Newman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, received her B.A. in Archaeological Studies from Yale University (2007) and her M.A. (2011) and Ph.D. (2015) in Anthropology from Brown University. Prior to her appointment at UVM, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wesleyan University (2015-2016) and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at James Madison University (2016-2018), where she was awarded the School of Liberal Arts Alumni Legacy Fund Award for her teaching and research.
Dr. Newman is an anthropological archaeologist specializing in Mesoamerica, with a particular focus on the ancient Maya. Her research examines multiple forms of human-environmental interaction, including monumental anthropogenic landscapes, changes in the cultural and historical constructions of the concept of “waste”, and the nature of human-animal relationships. Her scholarship and teaching interests cut across anthropology’s subdisciplines by incorporating archaeological excavations, the study of human and animal skeletal remains, and archival research