Ellen Chapman has a background in contract archaeology and an M.Sc. in Palaeopathology from Durham University. Her research interests include 19th century institutionalized populations, unfree labor in institutions, skeletal indicators of labor and activity, race and labor in the postbellum South, and the ethics and politics of human remains curation. As a volunteer for the Remembering Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom Project
, Ellen works on media, outreach, and identifying Virginian cemeteries of the enslaved for commemoration. During the fall of 2012 she will be working as a Mellon intern in the Department of Archaeology at Colonial Williamsburg on human remains curation and analysis.