Lori Jahnke, PhD

Anthropology Librarian


  • BA, Anthropology, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn.
  • PhD, Biological Anthropology, Tulane University, New Orleans, La.

Professional Profile

Lori M. Jahnke joined the Robert W. Woodruff Library in 2012. She has a PhD in Biological Anthropology from Tulane University and a BA in Anthropology with concentrations in Geology and American Indian Studies from Hamline University.
Before accepting the position of anthropology librarian at Emory, Lori was a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. Her primary project was to contribute to the development of the Medical Heritage Library as a multi-institutional collaboration for digitization in the health sciences. Lori was also a Research Lead for the Sloan sponsored CLIR/DLF study on data management practices among university researchers.

In addition to her work in libraries and digitization, Lori is a practicing anthropologist. Her dissertation research was a bioarchaeological study of human variation, mortuary practice, and site geography during the Late Intermediate Period (1000-1476) on the Central Coast of Peru. Her research interests also include the biological impact of colonization and social stratification, human paleopathology, the ancient Andes, modeling human population structure, non-textual systems of information organization and communication, and how emerging technologies affect scholarly communication and teaching.

In support of her research in anthropology and information science, Lori has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Lewis and Clark Fund at the American Philosophical Society, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies. She has presented at conferences including the Coalition for Networked Information, the Digital Library Federation Forum, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the Society for American Archaeology, and the American Association for the History of Medicine.


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540 Asbury Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322
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