Rachel E. Scott is a bioarchaeologist with a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, a Higher Diploma in Celtic Archaeology from the University College Dublin, Ireland, and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.
Her research interests include human osteology and paleopathology, European archaeology, and anthropological and archaeological theory. Her work addresses the interrelation of biology and culture in the creation of human lives, focusing on the case study of early Christian and late medieval Ireland. More specifically, she integrates human skeletal, archaeological, and historical data in order to examine the processes of identity formation and the social construction of disease.
Professor Scott is currently involved in two field projects, as the director of a project on leper hospitals in late medieval Ireland and as the bioarchaeologist for the Irish Archaeology Field School’s excavation at the Black Friary in Trim, Co. Meath.