Office: SOC 139
I teach a wide-range of introductory classes, upper-level topical and regional archaeology courses, and graduate quantitative analysis classes. As an instructor I focus on making the study of the past applicable to contemporary concerns by linking topics in archaeology to those in Applied Anthropology. My classes all emphasize methods in archaeological data analysis and the construction of interpretations derived from the results.
On the broadest level my research is focused on the emergence and maintenance of institutionalized social inequality in the ancient world. I have worked in many places throughout the New World including parts of North America, Central America, and South America. I am currently starting a project on the far North Coast of Peru examining the nature and impact of the earliest expansive states on local political and economic organization.