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Aimée Carbaugh

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Contact Information

109 Davenport Hall
607 S. Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801


Aimée Carbaugh (she/her) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She holds a minor in American Indian Studies and is a research assistant in the NAGPRA Office. Aimée has over a decade of experience in bioarchaeology. Her research applies Indigenous methodologies to bioarchaeological practices, modeling community-collaborative approaches to research with Indigenous Ancestors that emphasizes Ancestors as persons. Working in Illinois, Aimée's research addresses the care and documentation of Ancestors in research contexts, this includes acknowledging the harm caused by settler colonialism and reconnecting Ancestors and descendant communities.

Research Interests

Bioarchaeology, Indigenous methodologies, collaborative research practices, research ethics, data sovereignty, NAGPRA, North American Midwest, archival and collections-based research


M.Sc. in Human Osteoarchaeology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
B.A. in Anthropology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Awards and Honors

2023–2024 Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Graduate College, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2023 Keller Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2023 Bordin/Gillette Fellowship, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

2022 Linda S. Cordell Research Award, Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology

2020 Permanent Fund Grant, Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology

2020 Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Student Fellowship, Newberry Library

2010 Beinecke Scholarship, A program of the Sperry Fund


Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Assistant, NAGPRA Office

Highlighted Publications

Bader, A. C., A. E. Carbaugh, J. L. Davis, K. L. Krupa, and R. S. Malhi. (2023). Biological samples taken from Native American Ancestors are human remains under NAGPRA. American Journal of Biological Anthropology 181(4):527–534.

Bader, A. C., A. E. Carbaugh, J. Bardill, R. S. Malhi, B. Petzelt, and J. Mitchell. (2021). Building relationships to shift accountability: Doing paleogenomic research with Indigenous Nations and Ancestors. In Working with and for Ancestors: Collaboration in the Care and Study of Ancestral Remains, edited by C. H. Meloche, L. Spake, and K. L. Nichols, pp. 167­–177. Routledge, Abingdon.