Joseph Parish

Joe Parish is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology. He received his BA (Honours Anthropology) from McMaster University, his MA (Anthropology-Bioarchaeology) from the University of Western Ontario and his PhD (Anthropology) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Parish’s primary area of interest is the impact of socio-cultural factors on disease and epidemic experiences on Cape Breton Island during the 18th to 21st centuries through the use of skeletal biology and ethnohistory. His current research project examines the impact of the 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic on the people of Cape Breton Island.


medical anthropology, historical epidemiology, socio-cultural determinants of disease, bioarchaeology, palaeopathology, 18th century, 19th century, forensic anthropology