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Kanya Godde Chrisco

Kanya Godde Chrisco

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Main: (909) 448-4476
Hoover Building 105

Dr. Godde’s research focuses on population genetics in Nilotic populations, as well as developing/refining methodology in forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology by applying biostatistics.  Her work focuses on issues of biological identity, decomposition, health, paleoepidemiology, body mass, aging/age estimation, and sexual dimorphism/sex estimation in the skeleton.  Further, she examines aging, applying social epidemiological theory, in living populations through measures of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, and bone mineral density.

Dr. Godde Chrisco’s work can be found at Google Scholar, ResearchGate, and Academia.

Educational Background

PhD Anthropology. 2009.  University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

M.A. Anthropology. 2004.  California State University, Sacramento

B.A. Anthropology. 2002.  California State University, Sacramento


  • Hens, S.M., Godde, K. 2008. Skeletal biology past and present: are we moving in the right direction? American Journal of Physical Anthropology 137: 234-239.   Abstract
  • Godde, K. 2009. An Examination of Nubian and Egyptian Biological Distance: Support for Biological Diffusion or In Situ Development? Homo Journal of Comparative Human Biology 60: 389-404.  Abstract
  • Godde, K. 2010. Who were the Meroites? A biological investigation into the Nubian post-hiatus group. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 20: 388-395.  Abstract
  • Godde, K. 2010. An examination into causes of auditory exostoses. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 20: 486-490.  Abstract
  • Godde, K., Wilson Taylor, R. 2011. Musculoskeletal marker differences in the modern American upper limb and pectoral girdle in relation to activity level and body mass index (BMI). Forensic Science International 210: 237-242.  Abstract
  • Godde, K. 2012. A fresh perspective on Nubian population structure: a population genetics approach using cranial discrete traits in Mesolithic – C-Group Nubians. South African Archaeological Bulletin 67: 44-51.
  • Godde, K., Hens, SM. 2012. Age-at-death estimation in an Italian archaeological sample: a test of the Suchey-Brooks and transition analysis methods. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 149: 259-265. Abstract
  • Godde, K., Wilson Taylor, R. 2013. Musculoskeletal stress markers of the lower limb: A look at obesity’s effect on modern American males. Forensic Science International 226: 303.e1-303.e7. Abstract
  • Stull, K., Godde, K. 2013. Sexual dimorphism in the infant skeleton: estimation of sex from the femur and humerus. Journal of Forensic Sciences 58: 13-20. Abstract
  • Godde, K. 2013.  An examination of the spatial-temporal isolation model in Nubians. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 23: 324-333.  Abstract
  • Herrera, B., Hanihara, T., Godde, K.  2014.  Comparability of multiple data types from the Bering Strait region: cranial and dental metrics and nonmetrics, mtDNA, and Y-chromosome DNA.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 154: 334-348.  Abstract
  • Godde, K.  2014.  Secular trends in cranial morphological traits: a socioeconomic perspective of change and sexual dimorphism in North Americans 1849-1960. Annals of Human Biology 42: 253-259.  Abstract.
  • Godde, K, Hens, SM.  2015.  Modeling senescence changes of the pubic symphysis in historic Italian populations: a comparison of the Rostock and forensic approaches to aging using transition analysis.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 156: 466-473.   Abstract
  • Suckling, J, Spradley, MK, Godde, K.  2016.  A longitudinal study on human outdoor decomposition in Central Texas. Journal of Forensic Sciences 61: 19-25.  Abstract
  • Hens, SM, Godde, K.  2016.  Auricular Surface Aging: Comparing two methods that assess morphological change in the ilium with Bayesian analyses.  Journal of Forensic Sciences 61S:S30-S38.  Abstract
  • Keita, SOY, Godde, K.  2016.  A preliminary analysis of diachronic craniometric geographical variation during the Predynastic-Early Dynastic period: possible population implications for the theories of the merger of upper and lower Egypt. Göttinger Miszellen 249: 97-110.  Publication details.
  • Weaver, KF, Morales, V, Nelson, M, Weaver, PF, Toledo, A, Godde, K.  2016.  The benefits of peer review and a multi-semester capstone writing series on inquiry and analysis skills in an undergraduate thesis.  CBE Life Sciences 15: ar51-ar51. Abstract.
  • Godde, K. 2017. The use of informative priors in Bayesian modeling age-at-death; a quick look at chronological and biological age changes in the sacroiliac joint in American males. AIMS Public Health 4:278-288. Link to full paper
  • Godde, K, Jantz, RJ. 2017. Evaluating Nubian Population Structure from Cranial Nonmetric Traits: Gene Flow, Genetic Drift, and Population History of the Nubian Nile Valley. Human Biology 89.4: . Cover photo for the issue is by K. Godde.
  • Weaver, KF, Morales, V, Dunn, SL, Godde, K, Weaver, PF.  2018. An introduction to statistical analysis in research: with applications in the biological and life sciences. Wiley.  Promotional site.
  • Godde, K, Wilson Taylor, R.J., Gutierrez, C. 2018. Entheseal changes and demographic/health indicators in the upper extremity of modern Americans: associations with age and physical activity. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 28: 285-293. Abstract
  • Leung-Gurung, L., Escalante Cobb, P., Mourad, F., Zambrano, C., Muscato, Z., Sanchez, V., Godde, K. and Broussard, C., 2018. Methoxychlor metabolite HPTE alters viability and differentiation of embryonic thymocytes from C57BL/6 mice. Journal of immunotoxicology 15: 104-118. Abstract
  • Godde, K. 2018. An Application of a New Analysis to the Interpretation of Nilotic Relationships and Peopling of the Nile Valley. Homo: Journal of Comparative Biology 69: 147-157.  Abstract.
  • Godde, K, Thompson, M, Hens, SM. 2018. Sex estimation from cranial morphological traits: A look at the methodology across American Indians, modern North Americans, and ancient Egyptians. Homo: Journal of Comparative Biology 69: 237-247. Abstract.
  • Gough, M, Godde, K. 2018. A Multifaceted Analysis of Social Stressors and Chronic Inflammation. SSM – Population Health 6:136-140. Link to full text.
  • Gough, M, Godde, K. 2019. Accelerated Aging: A Model of Socioeconomic, Social, Demographic, and Biological Factors on Bone Mineral Density. Research on Aging 41: 443-466. Link to full text.
  • Hens, SM, Godde, K, Macak, KM. 2019. Iron deficiency anemia, population health and frailty in a modern Portuguese skeletal sample. PLoS ONE 14: e0213369. Link to full text. Link to press release
  • Prevost, J, Worrell, R, Gough, M, Godde, K. Forthcoming. A Public Health Problem: Consequences of Trauma on Health Outcomes and the Role of Social Support. Spotlight on Public Health Research. Link to full text.
  • Lopez, KA, Godde, K (2019). Ancient Egyptian Health: the Prevalence of Anemia at the Origins of Agriculture and State Level Society. Homo: Journal of Comparative Biology 70: 217-224. Abstract.
  • Godde, K. Forthcoming (2020). A biological perspective of the relationship between Egypt, Nubia, and the Near East during the Predynastic period. In Köhler, E.C., Kuch, N., Junge, F., and Jeske A.-K., editors.  Egypt at its Origins 6: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference “Origin of the State. Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt”, Vienna, 10th-15th September 2017. Leuven: Peeters.
On sabbatical Spring 2021