Anna Ragni


  • PhD Comparative Biology, Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History, 2015–present.
  • MA Anthropology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 2012–2014. Master’s Thesis: Effects of Instrumentation on Dental Microwear Textures: Reanalysis and Augmentation of an Early Hominin Sample. Overall GPA: 4.0
  • BA Sociology/Anthropology with an Anthropology emphasis, Hendrix College, Conway AR, 2008–2012. Senior Thesis: Health–Seeking Behavior of Rural Women: A Comparative Analysis of the American South and Africa. Graduated summa cum laude with Distinction, Rank: 1/319. Overall GPA: 4.0

Research Interests

Anna Ragni’s research interests include human origins and primate adaptations and evolution. Anna earned her master’s degree at the University of Arkansas where she studied dental microwear texture analysis and paleodiet of South African fossil hominins.  After spending a year at the National Museum of Natural History, Anna came to the Richard Gilder Graduate School, where she plans to focus on the evolution of locomotion among primates. By studying elements from the fossil record, Anna hopes to shed light on our understanding of why humans are the way they are today.



In Prep.

  • Ragni, Anna J, Teaford, M, Ungar, Peter S. (In prep) A Comparative Study of Pitheciid Dental Microwear. American Journal of Primatology.


  • Ungar, Peter S, Ragni, Anna J, DeSantis, Larisa. Comparability of Dental Microwear Texture Data Between Studies. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts 2014: 244.

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant, University of Arkansas, Introduction to Biological Anthropology (Lab instructor), Fall 2012–Spring 2014.
  • Teaching Assistant, Hendrix College Biology of the Human Body (Lab), Spring 2012.