Associate Professor of Anthropology and Associate Department Head
Ph.D., Anthropology, Arizona State University (1999)
B.A., Anthropology, SUNY Binghamton, New York (1988)
My research focuses on the development of urbanism, particularly the changes in economic and political organization that accompanied the shift from village to urban living. I have participated in archaeological projects in Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and the United States (New Mexico, New York, Arizona, and Illinois). My current research investigates the organization of craft production and land use at the Early Bronze Age city of al-Lajjun, Jordan, which was occupied 5000 years ago.
Areas of Focus
Life in Ancient Cities
The Social Organization of Economic Production
I teach introductory courses in three of the subfields of anthropology – biological, cultural, and archaeology. At the more advanced levels, I teach a variety of archaeology and cultural anthropology courses:
Archaeology of the Old World
North American Archaeology
Archaeology of Cities
Anthropology of the Middle East
Women in Cross Cultural Perspective
Anthropology of Landscapes
I grew up in a small town in the rolling hills of western New York. I enjoy reading, hiking, kayaking, and trying new activities and new foods. I have lived in and traveled throughout Arizona and New Mexico, where I developed a love of cacti, spicy cooking, and Hatch chilies. Among my favorite places are deserts in high summer and northern Minnesota in deep winter.