Catherine WillermetProfessor
Anspach 137
(989) 774-3434


Ph.D., Anthropology, Arizona State University, 2001
M.A., Anthropology, Arizona State University, 1993
B.A., Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1990

Awards and Honors

  • CMU Excellence in Teaching Award 2015-2016
  • Recipient of the CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Maroon Award, 2013-2014

Areas of Teaching Expertise

  • Modern human variation
  • Health and disease
  • Dental anthropology
  • Human evolution
  • Human biology
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Museum studies
  • Mesoamerica

Research Interests

  • Cultural and biological influences on health and disease
  • Biological and cultural aspects of ethnicity/race
  • Latinos as a panethnic group
  • Fuzzy logic
  • Dental anthropology
  • Informal science education/museum studies
  • Mesoamerica
  • Interdisciplinary education

Selected Publications

  • Edgar, Heather J.H., Emily Moes, Cathy Willermet, and Corey S. Ragsdale (2021) Brief Communication: Conventional microscopy makes perikymata count and spacing data feasible for large samples. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 2021;1-11. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.24369
  • Willermet C, Lee S-H, eds. (2020) Evaluating Evidence in Biological Anthropology: The Strange and the Familiar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ragsdale CS, Willermet C, Edgar HJH (2019) Changes in indigenous population structure in colonial Mexico City and Morelos. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 2019(29):501-512. DOI: 10.1002/oa.2743.
  • Willermet C, and Cucina A, eds. (2018) Bioarchaeology of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.
  • Willermet C, Mueller A, Alm D (2017) Transforming awareness into activism: teaching systems and social justice in an interdisciplinary water course. In Liston DD, Rahimi R (eds.): Promoting Social Justice Through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 162-173.
  • Willermet, C, Drake E, Muller A, Juris SJ, Chhetri P, and Upadhaya S (2014) An Integrated Interdisciplinary Faculty-Student Learning Community Focused on Water Issues: A Case Study. Learning Communities Research and Practice. Volume 2, Issue 1, Article 5.
  • Mueller AM, Juris SJ, Willermet CM, Drake E, Upadhay S, Chhetri P (2014) Assessing interdisciplinary learning and student activism in a water issues course. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Vol. 14, No. 2, May 2014, pp. 111-132.
  • Willermet CM, Edgar HJH, Ragsdale, C, and Aubry BS. (2013) Biodistances among Aztec, Maya, Toltec, and Totonac groups of central and coastal México. Chungará (Arica): Revista de Antropologia Chilena. 45(3): 447-459.
  • Willermet CM (2012) Species, characters, and​ fuzziness in taxonomy. PaleoAnthrpology Journal. 2012:70-86.
  • Willermet, CM and Edgar HJH (2009) Dental morphology and ancestry in Albuquerque, New Mexico Hispanics. HOMO: Journal of Comparative Human Biology 60:207-224.
  • Edgar HJH and Willermet, CM (2007) Is there biological meaning to "Hispanic" in New Mexico? American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 44:104.
  • Willermet, CM (2001) Fuzzy logic as a classification tool: A case study using Levantine archaic hominids.  Dissertation Abstracts International62-11A:3845.
  • Clark GA, and Willermet CM, eds. (1997) Conceptual Issues in Modern Human Origins Research. New York: Aldine de Gruyter Press.