I am an archaeologist and a PhD candidate in the SUNY Binghamton University Department of Anthropology, where I work on the archaeology of Chaco Canyon and its outliers.
With my PhD advisor and a crew of volunteers, I recently worked on limited archaeological testing at the Aztec North great house at Aztec Ruins National Monument. My dissertation explores the chronology and construction of this previously unexcavated great house, as well as Aztec North's place within the cultural landscape of Aztec Ruins and the Chacoan world. Visit my page about Aztec North to read more about the project.
I am a ceramic analyst, and my dissertation also relies heavily on architectural analysis. I use materiality theory, landscape archaeology and sociopolitical theory in my work on the Chacoan world.
Prior to becoming an archaeologist, I practiced law for nearly a decade. I continue to draw on that background, researching the legal and ethical issues surrounding NAGPRA, cultural heritage and the repatriation of material culture and art. I am currently a student member of the SAA Committee on Repatriation.