Dr. Gwen M. Robbins Schug

ON LEAVE 2020-2021

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)

Visiting Professor (2020-2021)
Department of Anthropology
The University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27403

Research Affiliate
UNC, Chapel Hill Asia Scholar Network
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

co Editor-In-Chief, Bioarchaeology International  (2020- present)
Academic Editor, PLOS ONE (2019- present)
Associate Editor, Bioarchaeology International (2016-2020)

Areas of Research/Interest:

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


Appstate-Università di Padova Bioarchaeological Field School, 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.


(* undergraduate co-author; ** graduate student co-author)

38. Robbins Schug, G., K. Killgrove, **A. Atkins, *K. Baron. (under review, 2020). 3D Dead: Ethics of digital scanning and printing of human remains. Bioarchaeology International. (Invited Commentary)

37. Robbins Schug, G. (under review, 2020). Bioarchaeology in South Asia. Journal of Archaeological Research. (Invited submission)

36. Robbins Schug, G. (accepted, 2020). An American perspective: Critical views on the climate-culture change paradigm in late Holocene India and what's at stake in archaeological discourse about climate change. In R. Korisettar (Ed.), Beyond Stones and More Stones, vol. 3 (pp TBD) Bangalore: The Mythic Society.

35. Robbins Schug, G. (accepted, 2020). Indus mortuary behavior: Between action and symbolic meaning. In P. Shirvalkar (Ed.), Vasant Shinde Felicitation Volume (pp TBD)Pune: Deccan College Post-Graduate Research Institute.

34. Robbins Schug, G. (accepted, 2020). Bio-archaeological assessment of human health and social processes during Harappan Civilisation in the Saraswati River basin. In S.B. Chakrabarti, & A. Kar (Eds.), Sarasvati: River par excellence (pp TBD). Kolkata: Asiatic Society Press.

32. Robbins Schug, G. (In press, 2020). Ritual, urbanism, and the everyday: Mortuary behavior in the Indus civilization. In S. DeWitte, & T. Betsinger (Eds.), The Bioarchaeology of Urbanization (pp TBD)Chum: Springer.

33. Robbins Schug, G. (Ed.) (In press, 2020). The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Climate and Environmental Change. Abingdon: Routledge.

31. Nystrom, K.C., Robbins Schug, G. (In press, 2020). A bioarchaeology of social inequality and environmental change. In G. Robbins Schug (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Climate and Environmental Change (pp. TBD). Abingdon: Routledge.

30. *Miller, M., Robbins Schug, G., Pagani, L., Carrara, N. (In press, 2020) A bioarchaeology of madness: Modernity, pellagra, and the rise of the manicomio system in the Veneto Region of Italy. In G. Robbins Schug (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Climate and Environmental Change (pp. TBD). Abingdon: Routledge.

29. Robbins Schug, G. (In press, 2020). A bioarchaeology of climate and environmental change. In G. Robbins Schug (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Climate and Environmental Change (pp. TBD). Abingdon: Routledge.

28. Robbins Schug, G. (2020). The Long View of Climate Change and Human Health. Anthropology News, 61(2), 26–28.

27. Robbins Schug, G. (2020). Maternal forces: Biological, behavioral, and emotional aspects of plagiocephaly in the past. In S. Halcrow, & R. Gowland (Eds.), The Mother-Infant Nexus in Anthropology: Small Beginnings, Significant Outcomes (pp 235–256)Chum: Springer.

26.  Stephens, L., Fuller, D., Boivin, N., Rick, T., Gauthier, N.,.… & Ellis, E. [& 114 others in alphabetical order, including #88 G. Robbins Schug]. (2019) Archaeological assessment reveals Earth’s early transformation through land use. Science, 365, 895–902.

25.  Robbins Schug, G., *Parnell, E.K., & Harrod, R. (2019). Changing the climate: Bioarchaeology responds to deterministic thinking about human-environmental interactions in the past. In J. Buikstra (Ed.), Bioarchaeologists Speak Out: Contemporary Issues, Deep Time Perspectives (pp 133–159). Chum: Springer.

24.  Halcrow S, Killgrove, K., Robbins Schug, G., Huffer, D., Arriaza, B., Jungers, W., & Gunter, J. (2018). On engagement with anthropology: A critical evaluation of skeletal and developmental abnormalities in the Atacama preterm baby and issues of forensic and bioarchaeological research ethics. Response to Bhattacharya et al. “Whole-genome sequencing of Atacama skeleton shows novel mutations linked with dysplasia” in Genome Research. International Journal of Paleopathology, 22, 97–100.

23. Robbins Schug G. (2017). A hierarchy of values: The bioarchaeology of order, complexity, health, and hierarchy at Harappa. In H. Klaus, A.R. Harvey, M.N. Cohen (Eds.), Bones of Complexity: Osteological Indicators of Emergent Heterarchy and Hierarchy (pp 363–289). Gainesville: UPF.

22. Bertrand, B., Robbins Schug, G., Collard, T., Naji, S., **Polet, C. (2016). Age-at-death-estimation in pathological individuals. A complementary approach using teeth cementum annulations. International Journal of Paleopathology, 15, 120–127.

21. Robbins Schug, G., (2016). Begotten of Corruption? Bioarchaeology and “othering” of leprosy in South Asia. International Journal of Paleopathology, 15(4), 1–9.

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

19. Robbins Schug, G., & *Blevins, K.E. (2016). The center cannot hold: A bioarchaeology of environmental crisis in the second millennium BCE, South Asia. In G. Robbins Schug, & S.R. Walimbe (Eds.), A Companion to South Asia in the Past (pp 255–273). Boston: Wiley Blackwell.

18. Robbins Schug, G., & Walimbe, S.R. (2016). Introduction. In G. Robbins Schug, & S.R. Walimbe (Eds.), A Companion to South Asia in the Past (pp 1–10). Boston: Wiley Blackwell.

17. Robbins Schug, G. (2016). Demography. In J.R. Lukacs, & J.N. Pal (Eds.), Holocene Foragers of North India: The Bioarchaeology of Mesolithic Damdama (pp 121-131). Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

16. Robbins Schug, G., & Goldman, H. (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(2), 243–259.

15. Robbins Schug, G., *Blevins, K.E., *Cox, B., ** Grey, K.M., & Mushrif Tripathy, V. (2013). Infection, disease, and biosocial process at the end of the Indus civilization. PLoS One, 0084814.

14. Robbins Schug, G., Gupta, S., Cowgill, L.W., Sciulli, P.W., & ** Blatt, S. (2013). Panel regression formulas for stature and body mass estimation in immature human skeletons. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40(7), 3076–3086.

13. Robbins Schug, G., *Grey, K.M., Mushrif Tripathy, V., & Sankhyan, A.R. (2012). A peaceful realm? Trauma and social differentiation at Harappa. International Journal of Paleopathology, 2(2–3), 136–147.

12. Robbins Schug, G., *Brandt, E., & Lukacs, J.R. (2012). Cementum annulations, age estimation, and demographic dynamics in a mid-Holocene cemetery, India. Homo, 63(2), 94–109.

11. Robbins Schug, G. (2011). Bioarchaeology and Climate Change: A View from South Asian Prehistory. Gainesville: University Press of Florida [In Bioarchaeological Interpretations of the Human Past: Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives, Clark Larsen (series editor)].

10. Robbins Schug, G., & *Gray, K.M. (2011). What remains: Bone histology and identification of a starvation diet. In K. Dixon, J. Schablitsky, & S. Novak (Eds.), An Archaeology of Desperation: Exploring the Donner Party's Alder Creek Camp (pp 157–177). Norman: UOP.

9.     Sankhyan, A.K., & Robbins Schug, G. (2011). First evidence of brain surgery in Bronze Age Harappa. Current Science, 100(11), 16–21.

8.   Robbins, G. (2011). Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater: estimating fertility from subadult skeletons. International Journal of Paleopathology, 21(6), 717–722.

7.     Robbins, G., & Sciulli, P.W., **Blatt, S. (2010). Estimating body mass in subadult human skeletons. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 143(1), 146–150.

6.     Dixon K., Novak, S., RobbinsG., Schablitsky, J., Scott, G.R., & Tasa, G.. (2010). Men, women, and children are starving: Archaeology of the Donner family camp. American Antiquity, 75(3), 627–656.

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

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

3.     Robbins, G., Mushrif, V., Misra, V.N., Mohanty, R.K., & Shinde, V.S. (2006). Biographies of the skeleton: Pathological conditions at Balathal. Man and Environment, XXXI(2), 50–65.

2.     Robbins, G., Misra, V.D., Pal, J.N., & Gupta, M.C. (2004). Mesolithic Damdama: Dental histology and age estimation. Allahabad: University of Allahabad Press. [Published version of my Master’s Thesis, completed at the University of Oregon, 2000]

1.     Ayres, W.S., Wozniak, J.A., RobbinsG., & Suafo’a, E. (2000) Archaeology in American Samoa: Māloatā, Malaeimi, and Malaeloa. In C.M. Stevenson, G. Lee, & F.J. Morin (Eds.), Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific (pp 227–235). Los Osos, CA: Easter Island Foundation. 2001 ( tDAR id: 261272).


2019          Revised Post-Ph.D. Research Grant, Wenner Gren (awarded $19100) 

2017          Post-Ph.D. Research Grant, Wenner Gren (awarded $19100)

2010          Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship, United States India Educational Foundation (awarded)

2004          American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Dissertation Fellowship (awarded)

2003          George Franklin Dales Foundation Scholarship (awarded)

2001          Fulbright Student Research Fellowship, United States India Educational Foundation (awarded)

2000          Graduate Student Research Award, Graduate School, University of Oregon (awarded)

1999          National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (Honorable Mention)


2018, 2019      Academy of Outstanding Teachers, nomination

2016, 2017      Outstanding Advisor, nomination

2015                Donald Sink Senior Research Award, nomination

2010                William C. Strickland Outstanding Young Faculty Research Award,  College of Arts and Sciences, Appalachian State University

2004                Homer Barnett Distinguished Teaching Fellowship, Anthropology Department, University of Oregon

2003                George Franklin Dales Scholarship, George Franklin Dales Foundation

2003                Cressman Prize for Student Research Paper, University of Oregon Anthropology Department



Title: Professor
Department: Department of Anthropology

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Office address
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