Diane M. Warren

I'm a biological anthropologist interested in the relationship between biological variation, cultural practices, and the environment. I have two main research foci, human-animal interactions and in the intersection between culture, environment, and human biology.  I am interested in human-animal Interactions (HAI) in the past as well as in the present day. I am particularly interested in using paleopathology and skeletal biology to examine human-animal interactions in the past. A major research focus is the use and treatment of domesticated dogs in the prehistoric and early historic American Southeast, Midsouth, and Midwest. My investigations of HAI in the present are also focused on domestic dogs, and are in collaboration with my cultural anthropology colleagues. My other research interests include the factors contributing to complex phenotypes in living populations, for example, hand preference as well as disease risk (particularly type 2 diabetes and heart disease). Link to my OU faculty web page


B.A., Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (1988)
M.A., Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (1994)
Ph.D., Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (2004). Dissertation: Skeletal biology and paleopathology of domestic dogs from prehistoric Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Postdoctoral Research: Department of Genetics, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (now Texas Biomedical Research Institute), San Antonio, TX (2004 - 2006)