lacyAssistant Professor

Phone: 314-516-6021
E-mail: lacysa@umsl.edu

Education:  Ph.D. in Anthropology from Washington University

Sarah Lacy received her Ph.D. in biological anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis in 2014 and completed a visiting postdoctoral fellowship at Durham University, UK this past Spring. Professor Lacy’s research explores differential frequencies of caries, periodontal disease, and ante mortem tooth loss in Neanderthals and early modern humans across Europe and Southwest Asia, in the context of their prevalence’s among recent humans. Oral diseases reveal more than just oral health, but also information about overall health, diet, environment, and disease susceptibility in an individual as well as broader demographic interpretations. Employing methods from bio archaeology for recording oral disease and integrating radiographs, which are routine in dentistry, allows her to interpret the relevance of her data for paleoanthropological, bio archaeological, and public health audiences. Exploring a health problem documented in early humans,and thus providing a deep time evolutionary perspective, helps to contextualize what is known about oral health today including the origins