Matthew R. Goodrum


Matthew R. Goodrum

Collegiate Associate Professor


133 Lane Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061





  • History of Paleoanthropology
  • History of Prehistoric Archaeology
  • Human Origins and Human Evolution


  • BA  University of New Hampshire
  • MA University of Oklahoma
  • Ph.D.  Indiana University

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

    Selected Publications


    Wood, Bernard, editor. Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Human Evolution. Blackwell Publishers, 2011, Chichester. 2 vols.  


    Goodrum, Matthew R. “The Beginnings of Human Paleontology:  Prehistory, Craniometry, and the ‘Fossil Human Races’.”  British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 49, 2016, pp. 387-409.

    Goodrum, Matthew R. “Paleoanthropology and Human Evolution.” A Companion to the History of American Science, edited by Georgina M. Montgomery and Mark A. Largent, John Wiley & Sons, 2016, Chichester, pp. 213-226.

    Goodrum, Matthew R. “Crafting a New Science: Defining Paleoanthropology and Its Relationship to Prehistoric Archaeology.”  Isis, vol. 105, 2014, pp. 706-733.

    Goodrum, Matthew R. “History.”  A Companion to Paleoanthropology, edited by David R. Begun, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2013, Oxford,  pp. 17-33.

    Goodrum, Matthew R. “The Idea of Human Prehistory: The Natural Sciences, The Human Sciences, and the Problem of Human Origins in Victorian Britain.” Human Evolution, special issue of History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, vol. 34, 2012, pp. 117-46.

    Goodrum, Matthew R. “Recovering the Vestiges of Primeval Europe: Archaeology and the Significance of Stone Implements, 1750-1800.” Journal of the History of Ideas, vol. 72, 2011, pp. 51-74.

    Goodrum, Matthew R. “The History of Human Origins Research and its Place in the History of Science: Research Problems and Historiography.” History of Science, vol. 47, 2009, pp. 337-57.

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