Tori Randall, PhD
Adjunct Instructor, Anthropology
Tori Randall (nee: Heflin) began teaching as an adjunct instructor at USD in 2000. She is pursuing her PhD in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. A skeletal biologist and paleopathologist, her research and studies have focused on human skeletal remains in order to reconstruct past health and lifeways.
PhD, University of Cambridge; Biological Anthropology
MA, San Diego State University; Anthropology
BA, University of San Diego; Anthropology
Scholarly and Creative Work
Tori Randall’s primary research focuses on information pertaining to human biology, nutrition, and palaeopathology which can be gained from the study of human skeletal remains. Her current focus is on her Ph.D. dissertation which pertains to the lifestyle and behaviour of a group of prehistoric southern Californians known as the La Jollans. In addition to teaching at USD, Randall is the Curator of Physical Anthropology at the San Diego Museum of Man. She curates (cares for and protects) the skeletal remains housed in the Physical Anthropology Laboratory. She has also curated exhibits such as Skull Stories: The Art of Ancient Surgery, and Strange Bones: Curiosities of the Human Skeleton. Randall is also a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the Paleopathology Association.
Randall has taught a variety of courses at USD, including Introduction to Biological Anthropology, as well as upper-division biological anthropology courses: Human Osteology, Paleopathology, Forensic Anthropology, Primatology, and Human Evolution.