I am an anthropological archaeologist, and my focus is on the Preclassic/Formative period in Mesoamerica. I hold a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. I am interested in the role of household ritual in the development of ancient Maya society. For the 2019-2020 academic year, I will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
Since 2012, I have investigated an early residential area at the site of Ceibal, in Guatemala, as part of the Ceibal-Petexbatun Archaeological Project. In recent years, I have been responsible for managing a large portion of the project's field logistics. I have also trained multiple Guatemalan archaeology students in field and laboratory methods.
In 2016-2017, I held a Junior Fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, in Washington, D.C.
In Spring 2019, I served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. Before that, I was a TA for courses in archaeology and biological anthropology and taught an online course in Maya archaeology for the University of Arizona.
I began a public outreach program to bring a greater understanding of archaeology and the ancient Maya to schools in the communities around Ceibal. I am also interested in archaeological outreach and education in the US.
Transition to sedentism
University of Arizona, 2019
University of Arizona, 2011
B.A., summa cum laude, Archaeology
Boston University, 2009