Elissa Bullion

  • UCIS Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Bullion received her PhD in Anthropology in 2018 from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also received her A.M. in 2014, following a B.A. from Middlebury College in 2010. From 2018 to 2019, she was a Volkswagen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, and continues to be an affiliated researcher with the institute. She is a bioarchaeologist specializing in geometric morphometric analysis and human osteology, as well as mortuary analysis.

Bullion has broad interest in social identity and interaction across Eurasia, and is involved in diverse projects examining the movement of domesticates, people, and ideas along the Silk Roads. Her dissertation work examined social identity and interaction in medieval Uzbekistan through an analysis of early Islamic burial practices and kinship networks. Her current field project in Uzbekistan focuses on the intersection of health, labor, and identity in the early Islamic period. Bullion is also actively engaged in research and fieldwork in Eastern Kazakhstan, studying Bronze Age mortuary practice and social identity.