About

Biography

Armando is a bioarchaeologist and Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) specializing in human osteology and archaeological sciences. He has surveyed and excavated archaeological sites, prehistoric burials, and historic cemeteries in the United States, the Caribbean, Peru, and Romania, and has conducted research in a variety of disciplines including biogeochemistry, morphometrics, and architectural analyses. Armando is fluent in Spanish and English, and has prepared and presented official reports, peer-reviewed articles, conference presentations, and lectures for diverse audiences in both languages. After earning his M.A. from the University of Central Florida, Armando worked in cultural resources management as a bioarchaeologist, completing Phase I, II, and III projects, authoring reports, and serving as field supervisor and crew chief across the eastern U.S. He currently attends the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, pursuing a Ph.D. in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. Armando joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at MTSU as a Diversity Dissertation Fellow for the 2021-2022 academic year. When not in the lab, the classroom, or the office, you can find him rock climbing, caving, paddling, or backpacking.


Research Interests

Bioarchaeology, Decolonizing Bioarchaeology, Human Skeletal Biology, Social Theory, Spectroscopy, Stable Isotope Analysis, Human Rights Investigations, Archaeological Sciences, Forensic Anthropology/Archaeology, Quantitative Methods


Academic Appointments

2021-2022 Diversity Dissertation Fellow, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Middle Tennessee State University

Education

ABD Ph.D. – Biological Anthropology
Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Advisor: Dawnie Steadman, Ph.D.
2016
M.A. – Anthropology

Department of Anthropology, University of Central Florida
Thesis: Developing Methods for the Estimation of Stature and their use as a Proxy for Health among the Ancient Chachapoya of Peru
Advisor: J. Marla Toyne, Ph.D.
2013
B.A. with University Honors and Honors in Major – Anthropology

Department of Anthropology, University of Central Florida
Honors in the Major Thesis: Investigating Patterns of Interpersonal Violence using
Frequency Distributions of Cranial Vault Trauma
Advisor: J. Marla Toyne, Ph.D.