Bridget F.B. Algee-Hewitt is a biological anthropologist who studies how skeletal and genetic traits vary among contemporary peoples, across space and through time. She develops new computational methods, using machine learning/AI and geographic mapping algorithms, and hands-on DNA and osteology laboratory approaches to improve estimation of the personal identity parameters – like sex, ancestry, stature, and age – that are essential components of the biological profile used in forensic identification of unknown human remains and for the paleodemographic reconstruction of past population histories in bioarchaeology. As a practicing forensic anthropologist and geneticist, she provides forensic casework consultation to the medico-legal community. She also delivers expert testimony for asylum petitions and advocates for policy change in support of undocumented migrant and refugee rights. Her social justice work focuses on immigration, displacement, poverty, and violence in Latin America, addressing in particular the crisis of migrant deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Read the latest media coverage of her research, see some of her publications, and visit her Stanford profile. View Dr. Algee-Hewitt's recent talk on Race, Rights and Facial Recognitionat the Stanford Institute for Human Artificial Intelligence (HAI) conference on AI Ethics, Policy and Governance. Watch her speak at the Center for Latin American Studies on La vida no vale nada? The Crisis of Migrants Deaths along the U.S.-México Border, or view an excerpt from her opening remarks for the Vigil for Missing Migrants on the International Day of the Disappeared.
Dr. Algee-Hewitt is an Advisory Board Member for the Certificate in Critical Consciousness and Anti-Oppressive Praxis (CCC&AOP) in the Stanford School of Medicine. She is the Book & Resource Review Editor for the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. For more information on submitting or requesting a book review, visit her Editor website.