Meg Elise Hardie

Meg Elise Hardie

Meg Elise Hardie

Graduate Lecturer

Anthropology: Bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, osteology, Indigenous anthropology, taphonomy, repatriation, applied anthropology, human rights, anthropology of genocide, North America

I'm Meg Hardie [she/they], a current graduate student at George Mason University in the SOAN's MA in Anthropology program, advised by Dr. Daniel Temple. My current research involves the individualization of skeletal remains among Native cemeteries in North America.  

I've had the privilege to learn and evolve in the field of anthropology over the past six years. I enrolled at The Ohio State University in 2015 to pursue a BS in the Arts and Sciences College, double majoring in Anthropological Sciences and English, Creative Writing. In 2017, I declared a minor in Forensics to augment coursework related to my intended career. As an undergraduate, I've engaged in a variety of anthropological, literary, and professional roles in several academic departments. My involvement in the Anthropology program, its laboratories, and research with my colleagues has earned me extensive experience with anthropology, particularly in forensics and bioarchaeology alongside experts like Dr. Clark Spencer Larsen and Dr. Samuel Stout. I participated in fieldwork as an intern at the University of Tennessee's Forensic Anthropology Center and helped document bioarchaeological remains for repatriation with the Ohio History Connection museum circuit. I've also held extended leadership positions as President and Social Chair of The Grove: Creative Writing Community and several officer positions among philanthropy organizations raising awareness and aid for refugees. As a senior, my Honors research thesis surveyed the understanding and application of NAGPRA as well as general repatriation ethics among students and practitioners of anthropology. I graduated from the Honor's College of Arts and Sciences with research distinction in May 2019. 

My aspirations in the bioarchaeological field involve working as an institutional consultant to facilitate the repatriation of Native American remains, a passion which inspired my undergraduate research thesis. I hope to contribute to humanitarian efforts nationally and globally, fulfilling this goal through activism in the applied human rights venues of anthropology. I aim to demonstrate the application of Native knowledge to understanding the past and advocate for the use of non-traditional research methods in anthropology, particularly in bioarchaeological and mortuary studies, through Indigenous, decolonizing, queer, and feminist approaches. 

Current Research

My thesis explores the individuation of Native graves as community cemeteries rather than sites or caches of artifacts, referencing materials, data, and documentation from previous excavations. I also elevate the use of primary sources on the belief systems, burial practices, and material culture of Native communities contemporary to these cemeteries to holistically understand this record of mortuary practice.

Selected Publications

“Ethics of the Native Skeleton: Reception and Interpretation of NAGPRA in Academia,” defended and published undergraduate Honors research thesis, May 2019.

Expanded Publication List

Various scientific media articles. GoldBio Shared Results. Gold Biotechnology, 2017-2018.

Grants and Fellowships

High Impact Grant, George Mason University Spring 2021

Graduate Teaching Position and Stipend, George Mason University 2020-2021

Courses Taught

Graduate Student Teaching Assistant - ANTH135, Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021

Undergraduate Student Teaching Assistant - ANTH5607, Spring 2018


2020 -


2015 – 2019


Master’s Program, George Mason University

Master’s in Anthropology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Honors College, The Ohio State University

Double Major in Anthropological Sciences and English (Creative Writing Concentration), Forensics Minor

Cumulative GPA: 3.96, Summa Cum Laude