A recipient of the Tri-Delta Teacher Appreciation Award at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Dr. Danielle Kurin has been teaching in the school's department of anthropology since 2013. During this time she has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses, conducted extensive field and laboratory research with an emphasis in anthropological bioarchaeology, and authored multiple articles and books on her findings. Dr. Danielle Kurin wrote the book, “The Bioarchaeology of Societal Collapse and Reorganization in Ancient Peru,” and has four other books accepted for publication, two of which will be written in Spanish.
Dr. Danielle Kurin has also served on several committees at UCSB, including the Colloquium Committee and Anthropology Development Committee, the latter of which she founded in 2014. In addition, she organized a World Anthropology Day event at the school in 2016.
While pursuing her PhD in anthropology at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Kurin conducted field research in Peru and taught multiple courses at Peruvian Universities. In 2012, she earned the President's Medal for Teaching & Service from Universidad Nacional JM Arguedas. She also completed her master's degree in anthropology at Vanderbilt and holds a bachelor's degree in the subject from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.