Erin Marie Williams
- Assistant Research Professor of Anthropology
- [email protected]
Dr. Williams, a GW alumna, is a faculty member at Chatham University and a research associate for GW's Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology.
- Examining the role of the upper limb during stone tool behaviors.
- Field- and laboratory-based investigations of manual force and pressure distributions during stone tool behaviors.
- Developing a method for quantifying the “quality” of raw materials used by early humans for stone tool production and use according to the physical costs different stone materials impose on the tool maker/user (e.g., joint reaction forces and energy demands).
- Investigating the formation of flakes during stone tool production from a fracture mechanics standpoint.
Ph.D. 2011, The George Washington University
M.A. 2007, The George Washington University
B.A. 2000, Grinnell College
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
2012 Williams, E.M.S., A.D. Gordon, B.G. Richmond."Hand pressure distribution during Oldowan stone tool production," Journal of Human Evolution 62(4): 520-532 (April).
2010 Williams, E.M.S., A.D. Gordon, B.G. Richmond. "Upper limb kinematics and the role of the wrist during stone tool production," American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143: 134-145. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.21302
2012-2013 L’Oreal USA Fellowship for Women in Science
Anth 1001: Biological Anthropology
Anth 1005: Biological Bases of Human Behavior
Anth 3708: Cultures of Africa
Anat 6210: Gross Anatomy