ABOUT ME

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.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Formative Mesoamerica

  • Preclassic Maya

  • Household archaeology

  • Ritual

  • Transition to sedentism

  • Public outreach

  • Maya ceramics

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Anthropology

University of Arizona, 2019

 

M.A., Anthropology

University of Arizona, 2011

 

B.A., summa cum laude, Archaeology

Boston University, 2009

 

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