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Idaho State University Welcomes Dr. Kirsten Green Mink

May 31, 2021

Dr. Kirsten Green Mink will be joining the Anthropology Department this fall as an Assistant Professor.

After visiting her first survey at 16, Mink knew that she was going to be an archaeologist. Her love for travel, love for the outdoors, and attention to detail made anthropology the perfect fit for Mink. 

Mink plans to make Idaho State her home. 

“I'm looking forward to building a forensic anthropology program that includes creating lasting relationships with the state and local governments and gaining opportunities for our students,” she said. 

She also looks forward to working with students and faculty on new research, such as bioarchaeology in Belize. 

“I love mentoring students and watching them grow,” Mink said. “Watching them become amazing researchers, archaeologists, and humans is very rewarding.”

Mink was recently quoted by Heather Murphy in her New York Times article, Remains Found 36 Years Ago in Montana Are Identified. In the article, Mink explained that the case of Christy Crystal Creek was a “perfect example” of how delicate, and at times misleading, the process of ancestry identification in human remains can be, as it is “not an exact science.”