- Research Professor of Anthropology
- [email protected]
Areas of Expertise
The skeletal biology of past peoples, focusing on Southern African Khoe-San and North American Lower Great Lakes; repatriation and the establishment of sustained working relationships with aboriginal peoples.
Research Interests: Bioarchaeology, palaeopathology, adult age estimation methods, natural selection in past Homo sapiens, evolutionary theory, African foragers & pastoralists, First Nations of the Great Lakes region
1976 Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto
* Thesis Title: The Skeletal Biology of Archaic Populations of the Great Lakes Region (Advisor: F.J. Melbye).
1972 M.A., Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto
1968 B.A. in Religion, University of Iowa
2022 Pfeiffer, S. Osteobiographies: The Discovery, Interpretation and Repatriation of Human Remains. Academic Press. ISBN: 9780128238806. https://www.elsevier.com/books/osteobiographies/pfeiffer/978-0-12-823880-6
2021 Williamson, R., MacDonald, R., Cooper, M., Lesage, L., Pfeiffer, S. The long road to collaboration: A history of ASI relationships with indigenous communities with a focus on the Huron-Wendat Nation. Arch Notes 26:2:4-14.
2021 Cameron, M.E., Pfeiffer, S., Stock, J. Small body size phenotypes among Middle and Later Stone Age Southern Africans. Journal of Human Evolution. Accepted 18/12/20.
2020 Forrest, C., Williamson, R., Lesage, L., Pfeiffer, S. The joy of the souls: the return of Huron-Wendat Ancestors. Working with and for Ancestors: Collaboration in the Care and Study of Ancestral Remains, C. H. Meloche, L. Spake, K. L. Nichols, eds. Chapter 12, pp.151-165. London and New York: Routledge Press.
2020 Pfeiffer, S. Disease as a Factor in the African Archaeological Record. African Archaeological Review, 37(3):487-490. DOI: 10.1007/s10437-020-09405-7
2020 Pfeiffer, S., Williamson, R. F., Newton, J., le Roux, P. J., Forrest, C., & Lesage, L. Population movements of the Huron-Wendat viewed through strontium isotope analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science-Reports, 33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102466
2020 Pfeiffer, S., Sealy, J., Harrington, L., Loftus, E., Maggs, T. A Late Holocene community burial area: evidence of diverse mortuary practices in the Western Cape, South Africa. PLoS ONE April 16, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0230391
2019 Beresheim, A., Pfeiffer, S., Grynpas, M. Ontogenetic changes to bone microstructure in human ribs. Journal of Anatomy. 236:3:448-462.
2019 Pfeiffer, S., Cameron, M.E., Beresheim, A., Sealy, J. Diet and adult age-at-death among mobile foragers: A synthesis of bioarchaeological methods. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 2019;1–17. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.23883
2019 Sawchuk, E.A., Pfeiffer, S., Klehm, C.E., Cameron, M.E., Hill, A.C., Janzen, A., Grillo, K.M., Hildebrand, E.A. The bioarchaeology of mid-Holocene pastoralist cemeteries west of Lake Turkana, Kenya. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 11:6221-6241. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12520-019-00914-4.
2018 Pfeiffer, S., Harrington, L. Regional Continuity and local challenges to resilience among Holocene hunter-gatherers of the greater Cape floristic region, South Africa. In D. Temple & C. Stojanowski (Eds.), Hunter-Gatherer Adaptation and Resilience: A Bioarchaeological Perspective (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology, pp. 26-46). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781316941256.002
2019 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science – Anthropology Section
2017 Faculty of Arts & Science nominee for J. B. Smith Graduate Supervision award
2016 J. Norman Emerson Medal, Ontario Archaeological Association
2016 Students’ Choice: Outstanding Anthropology Course Instructor, Anthropology Students Association
2013 Symposium, Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology, UTSC, October 19, 2013: Canadian Contributions to Bioarchaeology in Honour of Susan Pfeiffer
2004 Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto
2001 University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teacher Award (Social Sciences)
1995 Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA)
1988 Sigma Xi
1968 Phi Beta Kappa