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Arielle Yvie Reich

Biological Anthropology


My research aims to examine colonial influence in Forensic Anthropology, with special consideration of policy and practice within the medicolegal field. I am currently focused on exploring the intersection of Illinois state-funded agencies and NAGPRA through a data-driven policy initiativeGratefully, I have had the opportunities to gain experience in cultural resource management, bioarchaeology, and forensics. This has allowed for first-hand views into how the fields overlap, and the ways they can complement each other to aid in repatriation. Considering the multi-disciplinary nature of this research, I have been fortunate to be under the advisement of professors from various areas of expertise, including Dr. Cris Hughes (advisor), Dr. Jenny Davis (co-advisor), and Dr. Ripan Malhi (co-advisor). 

Research Interests

Forensic anthropology, osteology, law/policy, NAGPRA, data sovereignty, collections management/ethics of care


  • M.A. Anthropology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 
  • B.S. Anthropology (minor: Public Health), Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Courses Taught

  • Teacher’s Assistant (Fall 2023): ANTH 357, Human Osteology, UIUC
  • Teacher’s Assistant (Spring 2023): ANTH 101, Introduction to Anthropology, UIUC
  • Teacher’s Assistant (Fall 2022): ANTH 347, Human Osteology, UIUC
  • Teacher’s Assistant (Spring 2022): Forensic Anthropology, ANTH 346, UIUC
  • Grader (Fall 2021): Forensic Science, ANTH 246, UIUC