Maia Casna is a PhD candidate in palaeopathology.
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Maia Casna’s main research interests involve palaeopathology as a tool to investigate the human past. Following her master’s thesis, her PhD project focuses on the respiratory health of past Dutch populations and investigates how this was compromised by urbanisation in the medieval and early modern periods (AD 1200-1850). More specifically, Maia’s research aims to point out the threat posed by the overpopulation of centres in both past and modern populations. As recent clinical studies have pointed out a huge health gap between higher and lower social classes due to both housing and working environments, with her work Maia aims to raise awareness on how everyday habits shaped human health in the past and how they continue to do so in the present.
Maia Casna (MSc) graduated in 2017 from a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Bologna, Italy. She joined the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University in 2018 for a Master of Science in Osteoarchaeology, from which she graduated cum laude in 2019 with a thesis on the impact of environmental factors on the respiratory health of two post-medieval Dutch populations.
Since 2020, Maia is a member of the Diversity Committee at the Faculty of Archaeology.
In 2021, Maia was awarded the NWO “PhD in the Humanities” grant, which will allow her to pursue her doctoral research for four years.
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