Area of Interest:
Historical Archaeology of the eastern and southeastern US, Native Americans, cultural persistence and resiliency, ceramic production and standardization
BA Bennington College 2002
MA University of South Carolina 2011
I am a historical archaeologist whose research interests deal with the interactions between indigenous populations and European colonizers during the period of European expansion in North America. My current focus concerns the archaeology of historic Chickasaw Indian households, specifically in relation with diachronic change in demography and social roles within communities as a result of economic relationships with European colonizers and competition with other Indian nations. I am also a ceramicist who specializes in southeastern Native America pottery produced during the early Colonial Era.
Research & Activities:
Grants and Awards
2010 Archaeological Society of South Carolina (ASSC) Grant In Aid recipient
Departmental Travel Grant, University of South Carolina, Anthropology
Papers and Presentations
2012 The Graves of Occaneechi and the Intersection of Identity: Exploring Indigenous Formation of Social Roles. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.
2011 The Ashley Series as Native American Persistence: Crossing the Divide Between Sub-Disciplines. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, Austin Texas.
The Ashley Series: A New Perspective. Paper presented at the Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology, Columbia, South Carolina.
2010 More than Just Your Neighbor: Coastal Indians During European Expansion. Paper presented at the Annual Archaeological Society of South Carolina (ASSC) Fall Field Day.