Dr. Gwen M. Robbins Schug

Website: https://gwenrobbinsschug.academia.edu/


Ph.D. 2007 University of Oregon
M.A. 2000 University of Oregon
B.S. 1998 University of Oregon

  • William C. Strickland Outstanding Junior Faculty of the Year Award, College of Arts and Sciences (2010)

Areas of Research/Interest:

Bioarchaeology, human-environment interactions,human growth and development, bone biology, histology, paleodemography, South Asian Prehistory; India.


Biological Anthropology, Human Osteology, Forensic Anthropology, Anthropology in 3D, Human Evolution, Bioarchaeology, Paleoanthropology of South Asia, Paleopathology


Gwen Robbins Schug is a bioarchaeologist with research focused on South Asian prehistory.


Robbins Schug, G., K. Killgrove, A. Atkins. (under review, 2017). Ethics of 3D Scanning and Printing of Human Remains. In: Wells JJ, editor. Archaeological Informatics: Ethics in Practice. Book under contract with Springer.

Robbins Schug, G. (under review, 2017). Maternal forces: Biological, behavioral, and emotional aspects of plagiocephaly in the past. In: Halcrow S and Gowland R, editors. The Mother-Infant Nexus in Anthropology: Small Beginnings, Significant Outcomes. Book under contract with Springer Press.

Robbins Schug G., E.K. Parnell, and R. Harrod. (in press). Changing the Climate: Bioarchaeology Responds to Deterministic Thinking about Human-Environmental Interactions in the Past. In: Buikstra, J, editor. Bioarchaeologists Speak Out: Contemporary Issues, Deep Time Perspectives. Book under contract with Springer Press.

Robbins Schug, G. (2017). A Hierarchy of Values: The bioarchaeology of complexity, order, health, and hierarchy at Harappa. In: Klaus, H., A.R. Harvey, and M.N. Cohen, eds. Bones of Complexity: Osteological indicators of emergent heterarchy and hierarchy. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

Robbins Schug, G., S.R. Walimbe. (2016). A Companion to South Asia in the Past. Boston: Wiley-Blackwell.

Robbins Schug, G., and K.E. Blevins. (2016). The Center Cannot Hold: A bioarchaeology of environmental crisis in the second millennium BCE, South Asia. In: Robbins Schug, G., and S.R. Walimbe, eds. A Companion to South Asia in the Past. Boston: Wiley-Blackwell.

Bertrand, B., G. Robbins Schug, T. Colard, S. Naji, and C. Polet. (2016). Age-at-death-Estimation in Pathological Individuals. A complementary approach using teeth cementum annulations. International Journal of Paleopathology 15: 120-127.

Robbins Schug, G. (2016). Begotten of Corruption? Bioarchaeology and "othering" of leprosy in South Asia. International Journal of Paleopathology 15: 243-259.

Robbins Schug, G. (2016). Demography. In: Lukacs, J.R., and J.N. Pal, eds. Holocene Foragers of North India: The bioarchaeology of Mesolithic Damdama. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

Robbins Schug, G., and H. Goldman. (2014). Birth is but our death begun: a bioarchaeological assessment of skeletal emaciation in immature human skeletons in the context of environmental, social, and subsistence transition. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 155: 243-259.

Robbins Schug, G., K. Elaine Blevins, Brett Cox, Kelsey Gray, and V. Mushrif-Tripathy. (2013). Infection, Disease, and Biosocial Process at the End of the Indus Civilization. PLOS ONE 0084814. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0884814.

Robbins Schug, G., S. Gupta, L.W. Cowgill, P.W. Sciulli, and S. Blatt. (2013). Panel Regression Formulas for Stature and Body Mass Estimation in Immature Skeletons, without Reference to Specific Age Estimates. Journal of Archaeological Science 40(7):3076-3086.

Robbins Schug, G., E. Brandt, and J.R. Lukacs. (2012). Cementum Annulations, Age Estimation, and Demographic Dynamics in a Mid-Holocene Cemetery, India. Homo 63(2):94-109.

Robbins Schug, G., K.M. Gray, V. Mushrif-Tripathy, and A.R. Sankhyan. (2012). A Peaceful Realm? Trauma and Social Differentiation at Harappa. International Journal of Paleopathology 2(2-3):136-147.

Robbins G. (2011). Don't Throw Out the Baby with the Bathwater: Estimating Fertility from Subadult Skeletons. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 21(6):717-722.

Robbins Schug G. and K. Gray. (2011). Bone Histology and Identification of a Starvation Diet. In: Archaeology of Desperation: Exploring the Donner Party's Alder Creek Camp, eds. Dixon, K., J. Schablitsky, and S. Novak, eds. Arthur H. Clark Co., University of Oklahoma Press.

Sankhyan, A.K. and G. Robbins Schug. (2011). First Evidence of Brain Surgery in Bronze Age Harappa. Current Science 100 (11): 16-21.

Robbins Schug G. (2011). Bioarchaeology and climate change: a view from South Asian prehistory. University Press Florida in the book series: Bioarchaeological Interpretations of the Human Past: Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives, Clark Larsen (series editor). [paperback edition available in 2017]

Dixon K., S. Novak, G. Robbins, J. Schablitsky, R. Scott, and G.Tasa. (2010). Men, Women, and Children are Starving: Archaeology of the Donner Family Camp. American Antiquity 75(3): 627-656.

Robbins G., P. Sciulli, and S. Blatt. (2010). Estimating Body Mass in Subadult Human Skeletons. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143(1):146-150.

Robbins G., V. Mushrif, V.N. Misra, R.K. Mohanty, V.S. Shinde, K.M.Gray, and M.D. Schug. (2009). Ancient skeletal evidence for Leprosy in India (2000 B.C.). Plos One e5669.

Robbins G., V. Mushrif, V.N. Misra, R.K. Mohanty, and V.S. Shinde. (2007). Adult skeletal material from Balathal: A full report and inventory. Man and Environment XXXII(2: December): 1-26.

Robbins G., V. Mushrif, V.N. Misra, R.K. Mohanty, and V.S. Shinde. (2006). Biographies of the Skeleton: Pathological Patterns at Balathal. Man and Environment XXXI(2: December): 150-165.

Robbins G., V.D. Misra, J.N. Pal, and M.C. Gupta. (2004). Mesolithic Damdama: Dental Histology and Age Estimation. India: Allahabad University Press. OCLC: 60453955.

Other Contributions (not peer-reviewed):

Robbins Schug, G. (in press). BOOK REVIEW: New Developments in the Bioarchaeology of Care: Further Case Studies and Expanded Theory. Lorna Tilley and Alecia A. Schrenk, eds. Switzerland: Springer, 2017, 385 pp. Anthropol Archaeol

Robbins Schug G. ONLINE LEARNING MODULE FOR POST-GRADUATE EDUCATION: The Deccan Chalcolithic. Ravi Korisettar, Ed. Indian Culture Panel: Pre and Proto-history of India. E-Pathshala programme, Govt. of India.

Robbins Schug G (2015) BOOK REVIEW: Embattled Bodies, Embattled Places: War in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and the Andes. Andrew K. Scherer and John W. Verano, Eds. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014. 432 pp. Amer Anthropol xx(x):TBD.

Robbins Schug G (2014) BOOK REVIEW: Tracing Childhood: Bioarchaeological Investigations of Early Lives in Antiquity. Edited by Jennifer L. Thompson, Marta P. Alfonso, and John J. Crandall. 2014. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida. 270 pp. Am J Hum Biol 26(6):869-870.

Robbins Schug G (2013) BOOK REVIEW: The Bioarchaeology of Individuals. Eds. Ann Stodder and Ann Palkovich. 2012. Orlando: UPF. 287 pp. Am J Phys Anthropol 152(3):429.

Robbins Schug G, Lappan S (2013) Our Primate Heritage Lab Manual, 2nd edition. Dubuque: Kendall Hunt.

Robbins Schug G. and S. Lappan. (2011) Our Primate Heritage Lab Manual. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt.

Robbins G. (2008) Fertility and Infertility. In: Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Smith, B., ed. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Robbins G. (2008) Demography- an overview. In: Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Smith, B., ed. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Title: Professor
Department: Department of Anthropology

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Office address
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