I am an Africanist archaeologist currently involved in projects in Mali, Cameroon, Zambia, and Illinois. In the past I have worked on projects in Senegal, Ethiopia, Hungary, and Texas. I am happy to work with students interested the the archaeology of African and African diaspora, as well as those using zooarchaeological or isotopic analysis in other parts of the world.
102.001Human Origins: An Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology
400.006Independent Study In Anthropology
In 100-level courses like ANT 102: Human Origins, I focus particularly on helping students make connections between course content and issues of relevance to their own lives, including race, inequality, and climate change. This approach engages students from many different majors in a deeper understanding of anthropological concepts. I believe that archaeology and physical anthropology’s time-depth and broad perspective have much to offer students with only a casual interest in the field. In upper level courses like ANT 370: Zooarchaeology, ANT 382: Senior Thesis, and ANT 460: Research Design I challenge students to design and implement original, independent research. These skills serve students well regardless of their future careers.
Archaeology; Africa; zooarchaeology; isotopic analysis; emergence of urbanism; spread of domestic animals in sub-Saharan Africa; mobility; socio-economic and political configurations in the past