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Katie Zejdlik

Katie Zejdlik-Passalacqua

Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor; Forensic Anthropology Facilities Director

College of Arts and Sciences

Anthropology and Sociology

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2817
Office: 102B McKee Building
Pronouns: she, her, hers


Katie Zejdlik is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and the Forensic Anthropology Facilities Director at Western Carolina University. She is also the Scientific Director of the Medieval Funerary Excavation, part of ArchaeoTek's Funerary Excavations - Lost Churches Project in Transylvania, Romania. Prior to arriving at WCU, Katie was part of the Chest Radiograph team at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency – Laboratory. Katie completed her Ph.D. in 2015 at Indiana University, under the direction of Dr. Della Cook. Katie has over 15 years of archaeological experience working on projects in Romania and all over the United States including the American Plains, American Midwest, and Hawaii. She is a Wisconsin state Qualified Burial Excavator and Qualified Burial analyst.


  • Ph D, Indiana University-Bloomington, Anthropology

Teaching Interests

Anth 368- Bioarchaeology<br>Anth 432- Bioanthropology of Race<br>Anth 363- Human Origins<br>Anth 300- Human Osteology

Research Interests

Katie's bioarchaeological investigates how centuries of religious and political upheaval have influenced demographics and health of individuals interred within the grounds of medieval churches in Szeklerland (Székelyföld), Transylvania, Romania. Her forensic anthropology research focuses on human decomposition and scavenging behaviors at the WCU Forensic Osteology Research Station (FOREST).

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