I earned my PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2022, with a research focus on the archaeology of the Southwestern United States. My particular research interests include frontiers and borders (particularly trade interaction processes) and transitions in settlement patterns and landscape use that occurred in the Pueblo Southwest. I have experience in paleobotanical and ceramics analyses, as well as survey and excavation experience. I have worked in academic, museum, land management agency, and cultural resource management positions. I am currently employed as a project manager for PaleoWest, research staff for the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas, and instructor at the University of Colorado.
ANTH 1120 - Exploring a Non-Western Culture: Pueblo Indians of the Southwest
Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
Examines the geography, kinship, politics and religious values of Pueblo Indian peoples of the US Southwest in historical and contemporary context through an anthropological perspective. Specific details of Pueblo Indian languages, cultures, and histories are used to illustrate basic ideas and debates in anthropology including: the concept of culture, the influence of language on thought, the grounding of culture in human biology, religion and reason, the nature of oral traditions, and archaeological interpretation.
ANTH 1170 - Exploring Culture and Gender through Film
Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
Explores the concepts of culture and gender from an anthropological perspective, using films and other media, as well as written texts. By analyzing media about other ways of life, students will learn the basic concepts of cultural anthropology and be able to apply them to any society. In addition, students will learn to think critically about documentary and ethnographic media.
ANTH 1190 - Origins of Ancient Civilizations
Examines origins of the world's first civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, Mesoamerica, and the Andes. Covers archaeology of ancient cities, trade, economy, politics, warfare, religion, and ideology. Seeks insights into general processes of cultural evolution.
CMDP 2820 - Exploring Culture and Gender Through Film
Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
Explores the concepts of culture and gender from an anthropological perspective through media. By experiencing texts, images and sounds about other ways of life, students will learn the basic concepts of cultural anthropology and learn to think critically about documentary and ethnographic media material.