Ian Pawn received his B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati in 2002. He was the recipient of a Cincinnatus Scholarship from 1998-2002 and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. While at the University of Cincinnati, he studied under Lynne Schepartz with concentrations in biological anthropology and archaeology. He participated in archaeological excavations under David Starbuck at Lake George, New York.
Pawn began graduate study at Florida State University in 2006 with a concentration in biological anthropology. He earned his M.S. in Anthropology in 2008. During his time at Florida State University, Pawn was awarded a graduate fellowship from 2006-2011. He was also the recepient of several research grants including an Eisele Predissertation Research Award (2008), a Florida State University Dissertation Research Grant (2009), and a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant (2010-2011).
During his graduate studies, Pawn was responsible for course assistance and teaching. He taught biological anthropology and archaeology labs, and instructed courses in human evolution and European prehistory. He was also president of the Anthropology Society at Florida State University and served as the graduate student representative to faculty. He participated in volunteer excavations at Hohle Fels and Vogelherd caves in Germany under Nicholas Conard. He currently works for the Southeast Archeology Center, National Park Service, Innovation Park, TLH, FL and participates in the protection and preservation of national cultural resources.
Recently, Pawn participated in archaeological investigations at Canaveral National Seashore at Seminole Rest and Turtle Mound as part of an ongoing seasonality study. He has also been involved in assisting the National Park Service in the southeastern United States in coming into compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act through osteological analyses of human skeletal material.