Associate Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. 2002; M.A. 1995, Arizona State University; B.A. 1992, Temple University


Phone: 212-998-8576

curriculum vitae

Office: 901A

Dental Anthropology Laboratory



Research Interests

  • biological anthropology
  • dental morphology and morphometrics
  • Neanderthals
  • Plio-Pleistocene hominin evolution
  • Africa
  • paleoanthropology
  • Middle-Late Pleistocene hominins
  • modern human origins
  • Europe


Other Affiliations

Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies, NYU Department of Anthropology

Faculty Director, NYU Women in Science Initiative

Core Faculty, MA in Human Skeletal Biology

Faculty, New York Consortium on Evolutionary Primatology

Associated Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany


Current Projects

Evolution of the Human Dentition

Deciduous Dentition of Homo naledi

Dental Morphology of African Plio-Pleistocene Hominins

Modern Human Origins in North Africa

Taxonomic Attribution and Phylogenetic Assessments of Eurasian Late Pleistocene Hominins


Public Outreach

The Leakey Foundation Origin Stories Podcast: Neanderthals, Episode 16

StarTalk All-Stars Podcast: The Fossils in Your Mouth, with Natalia Reagan


Selected Publications

[ Academia | ResearchGate ]

Hawks, J., Elliott, M., Schmid, P., Churchill, S., de Ruiter, D., Garvin, H., Williams, S., Delezene, L., Feuerriegel, E., Kivell, T., Laird, M., Tawane, G., DeSilva, J., Bailey, S.E., Brophy, J., Meyer, M., Skinner, M., Tocheri, M., VanSickle, C., Walker, C., & Berger, L. 2017. New fossil remains of Homo  naledi from Lesedi Chamber, South Africa.

Bailey, S.E., Benazzi, S., Buti, L., & Hublin, J.-J. 2016. Allometry, merism, and tooth shape of the lower deciduous M2 and permanent M1. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 159: 93-105.

Benazzi, S., Slon, G., Talamo, S., Negrino, F., Peresani, M., Bailey, S.E., Sawyer, S., Panetta, D., Vicino, G., Starnini, E., Mannino, M.A., Salvadori, P.A., Meyer, M., Pääbo, S., & Hublin, J.-J. 2015. The makers of the Protoaurignacian and implications for Neandertal extinction. Science 348(6236): 793-796.

Bailey, S.E., Benazzi, S., Souday, C., Astorino, C., Paul, K., & Hublin, J.-J. 2014. Taxonomic differences in deciduous upper second molar crown outlines of Homo sapiens, Homo neanderthalensis, and Homo erectus. Journal of Human Evolution 72: 1-9.

Bailey, S.E. & Hublin, J.-J. 2013. What does it mean to be dentally ‘modern’?  In Scott  G and Irish J (Eds.) Anthropological Perspectives on Tooth Morphology: Genetics, Evolution, Variation. Cambridge University Press.

Ortiz, A., Skinner, M.M., Bailey, S.E. & Hublin, J.-J. 2012. Carabelli’s trait revisited: An examination of mesiolingual features at the enamel-dentine junction and enamel surface of Pan and Homo sapiens upper molars. Journal of Human Evolution 63(4): 1-11

Bailey, S.E., Skinner, M.M. & Hublin, J.-J. 2011. What lies beneath? An evaluation of lower molar trigonid crests based on both dentine and enamel expression. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 45: 505-518.

Bailey, S.E., Weaver, T.D. & Hublin, J.-J. 2009. Who made the Aurignacian and other early Upper Paleolithic industries? Journal of Human Evolution 57: 11-26.

Bailey, S.E., Glantz, M., Weaver, T. & Viola, B. 2008. The affinity of the dental remains from the Obi Rakhmat Grotto, Uzbekistan. Journal of Human Evolution 55: 238-248. 

Updated on June 12, 2017