Chin-hsin Liu

Chin-hsin Liu
Assistant Professor
(818) 677- 4936
Office location:
Sierra Hall (SH) 262B


Chin-hsin Liu



  • Ph.D. University of Florida
  • M.A. University of Florida
  • B.A. National Taiwan University

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 150 Human Adventure: Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 151 Physical Anthropology
  • ANTH 262 Forensic Anthropology
  • ANTH 341 Bones: Introduction to the Study of Human Remains
  • ANTH 440 Bioarchaeology
  • ANTH 490B Seminar in Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 603 Problems in Physical Anthropology

Selected Publications and Presentations


2019   Acabado SB, Koller J, Liu C-H, Lauer AJ, Farahani A, Barretto-Tesoro G, Martin JA, Peterson JA. The short history of the Ifugao rice terraces: a local response to the Spanish conquest. Journal of Field Archaeology.

2018   Liu C-H. Human foodways, metallurgy, and landscape modification of Iron Age central Thailand. Asian Perspectives 57(1):83-104.

2013   Liu C-H, Krigbaum J, Tsang C-H, Liu Y-C. Chapter 17: Skeletal health during childhood of an Iron Age population from Taiwan. In: Pechenkina K, Oxenham M, editors. Bioarchaeology of East Asia: Movement, contact, health. Gainesville: University of Florida Press. p 417-443.


2019   Liu C-H. Textbook Los Angeles: teaching bioarchaeology with historical cemeteries. The 53rd Annual Meeting of Society for California Archaeology. Sacramento, CA.

2018   Liu C-H, Lauer A, Acabado S, Krigbaum J. Local resistance in the form of human-animal relationship in pericolonial highland Philippines: a faunal analysis. The 21st Congress of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, Hue, Vietnam.

2018   Liu C-H, Guandique C. Dental health of Nil Kham Haeng: implications in prehistoric central Thailand. The 83rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, D.C.

2017   Liu C-H. Marked by difference: A unique burial in Iron Age Promtin Tai, central Thailand. Western Bioarchaeology Interest Group Conference. Reno, Nevada.

2017   Liu C-H, Lauer A, Acabado S, Quitmyer KE, Krigbaum J. Faunal management and human-landscape interactions at Ifugao, Luzon, Philippines. The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, Canada.

2017   Lauer A, Acabado S, Liu C-H, Krigbaum J. Health and nutritional stress in pericolonial Ifugao, Philippines. The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, Canada.

2016   Liu C-H. Environmental fluctuation in Neolithic coastal central Thailand: a human story. The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, FL.

2015   Liu C-H, Krigbaum J. Human dietary responses to the ecological instability of prehistoric Khao Wang Prachan Valley, Thailand: corroboration between paleobotany and skeletal chemistry. The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, CA.

2015   Liu C-H. Resurrecting lives: a contextualized data analysis and collaboration exercise in a bioarchaeology seminar. The 84th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, St. Louis, MO.

Research and Interests

I am a bioarcharologist with research interests in the interaction between human lifeways and their physical and social environs. I use skeletal pathology and bone chemistry to extract biological information from skeletal remains. Interpreted within a biocultural framework, human growth patterns, skeletal health, demography, and dietary patterns can illustrate how a population interacted, reacted, and shaped its physical and social landscape. I am specialized in human osteology, dental anthropology, and stable isotope ratio analysis. Broadly, I am interested in the application of forensic anthropology, zooarchaeology, and cultural resource management. I also have extensive experience in the curation process of human skeletal remains in a museum setting, including de/accessioning, cataloging, database management, rehabilitation, and repatriation. In the recent few years, my focus has been on the human biological change of the Metal Age people in central Thailand in relation to social complexity change. I am also involved in projects in the Philippines looking at the biological impacts associated with and indigenous resistance against Spanish colonization.

5 keywords that describe your topical areas of specialization

bioarchaeology, bone chemistry, life history, social complexity, human-environment interaction

Geographic areas of specialization

Southeast Asia