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Melissa Darroch

Melissa Darroch

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PhD Advisor:

Shannon A. Novak

Melissa Darroch

Ph.D. Student, Anthropology Department

Highest degree earned

M.A., Syracuse University


Melissa Darroch is a doctoral student in historical archaeology with a focus on bioarchaeology. She holds a B.S. in anthropology (2016) from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a M.A. in museum studies (2021) from Syracuse University. Her dissertation focuses on a turn of the 20th century quarantine cemetery located on Gallops Island, Boston, MA. Concerns of smallpox and other contagious diseases resulted in public health regulations that isolated symptomatic people entering the Boston port by removing them to Boston’s quarantine hospital on Gallops Island. Through a combination of bioarchaeological remains and archival research, her dissertation research investigates insights into concerns about immigration and public health at a time when globalization sent an array of products and people on the move. 
Anthropology Department
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