Education

  • Ph.D. Tulane University
  • M.A. Trent University
  • B.Sc. Université de Montréal
  • D.E.C. Cégep de Ste-Foy

Background

As an anthropological archaeologist I study civilizations of the past, their people, and their technologies. I am particularly interested in the structure of governments, or how ancient states were assembled and maintained as political communities, and often collapsed. As an anthropologist and educator, I am dedicated to public education; a mission I fulfill by co-organizing two public-facing conferences per year (the Annual Maya at the Lago and Maya at the Playa Conferences) and editing an open-access journal, The Mayanist.

I specialize in Classic Maya Civilization and have been working in Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, and Honduras since 2007. My work there has focused on the architecture of royal palaces, the study of agricultural household groups, cartography, and ceramic technology. I am also specialized in Geographic Information Systems, or computerized map making. I also have special interests for community-based participatory research, ethical archaeological practices, ethnohistory, and historical archaeology.

My work is quite interdisciplinary. I employ techniques used by and collaborate with geochemists, geographers, historians, and artists. This fact is reflected in my teaching courses not only for Anthropology, but also for Environmental Sciences and Latin American Studies.

Teaching

  • ANT 108 - Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANT 252 - Ancient Maya Civilization
  • ANT 277 - Ancient Food and Foodways
  • ANT 355 - Archaeology of Politics
  • ANT 377 - Imaging the Earth
  • ANT 380 - Ethical Archaeological Research