Laura Jo Miller, PhD

Dr. Laura J. Miller has over 22 years of archaeological field and laboratory experience and she joined Promare as a consulting forensic anthropologist/bioarchaeologist in 2009. Based in Hawaii since 2004, she worked from 2004-2008 as a forensic anthropologist at the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command Central Identification Laboratory (JPAC/CIL) as an ORISE Fellow. Dr. Miller led forensic recovery operations in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam and assisted local law enforcement forensic investigations in Hawaii. While at JPAC, she taught in the Forensic Anthropology Program in Bogota, Colombia in 2008, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program to instruct law enforcement personnel in forensic field investigation and recovery methodologies. Before joining JPAC, Dr. Miller conducted archaeological research in Pakistan, Tunisia, Israel, and the United States (New York/New Jersey). She taught archaeology, physical anthropology, and South Asian anthropology classes as an instructor at New York University. She received her Ph.D and Masters in Anthropology from New York University and received a B.A. in Anthropology and History from U.C. Berkeley.

Her research interests include forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, paleopathology, taphonomy, and the evolution of urban cultures in South Asia and the Near East. Within her primary country of interest, Pakistan, she conducted archaeological research on cattle pastoralism, paleopathology, and urban subsistence economies at the site of Harappa, as well as documenting taphonomic conditions affecting the 3rd/2nd Millennium B.C. urban cemetery population. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, the Wenner Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the George F. Dales Foundation, and New York University. She has published several articles and reports in professional archaeological journals and books. Dr. Miller’s professional affiliations include membership in the Society for American Archaeology, the International Council for Archaeozoology, the Paleopathology Association, Forensic Archaeology Recovery, and Sigma Xi.