Academic interests

archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands, bioarchaeology, archaeological/anthropological demography, paleoepidemiology, human skeletal biology, human behavioral ecology, quantitative modeling


Human Origins & Prehistory (ANTH-A 103), Prehistory of North America (ANTH-E 316), Field Work in Archaeology (ANTH-P 405), Human Osteology (ANTH-B 426), Bioarchaeology (ANTH-B 468), Forensic Anthropology, Archaeology & Taphonomy (ANTH-B 474), and Fundamentals of Applied Anthropology (ANTH-E 501)


2013-2015 National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates; 2014 Indiana University Collaborative Research Grant: Human-Climate-Landscape Interactions: Examining Settlement, Environmental, and Agricultural Histories over the Past 2,000 years Across the Midcontinent of North America with Broxton Bird (PI); 2009 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence; 2008 Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Dissertation Fieldwork Grant; 2008 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.


Bird BW; JJ Wilson; W Gilhooly III; B Steinman; L Stamps. 2017. Midcontinental Native American population dynamics and late Holocene hydroclimate extremes. Nature Scientific Reports, 7: 41628; doi: 10.1038/srep41628. Wilson JJ. 2016. Bodies and Lives in Ancient America: Health Before Columbus. International Journal of Paleopathology 15: 19-20. Wilson JJ. 2014. Paradox and Promise: Research on the Role of Recent Advances in Paleodemography and Paleoepidemiology to the Study of “Health” in Precolumbian Societies. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 155: 268-280. Wilson JJ; GW Monaghan. 2014. Angel Mounds REU: Multidisciplinary Training for Students in Environmental & Social Sciences through Archaeological Research. Newsletter of the Geoarchaeology Interest Group of the Society for American Archaeology, Winter 2014: 4-6.


Principal character on 2014 PBS series entitled “America from the Ground Up” Featuring the 2013 NSF REU investigations at Angel Mounds State Historic Site