B.A. in anthropology and economics, Vanderbilt University (1997)
M.A. in anthropology, University of Alabama (2000)
Ph.D. in anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008)
I am an archaeologist who specializes in cultural and historic preservation and the study of late prehistoric and early historic Native American Indian societies (ca. A.D. 1000-1800). I have more than 15 years of professional preservation experience, having directed archaeological survey and excavation projects across the southeastern U.S. and New England. My recently published research explores the ways Cherokee communities negotiated the social and political turmoil caused by European colonialism. I am also currently conducting a long-term research project in Charleston, S.C., studying cultural interaction among late 17th-century Native American Indian communities, enslaved Africans and European settlers.