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. I am currently an ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow at the University of California Los Angeles.

Since 2012, I have investigated early households 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.

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.


  • Formative Mesoamerica

  • Preclassic Maya

  • Household archaeology

  • Ritual

  • Transition to sedentism

  • Public space

  • Archaeological outreach

  • Maya ceramics


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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