I am an anthropologist and an environmental archaeologist who uses animal remains from archaeological sites to study the social, cultural, and ecological factors that shape ancient animal economies and the impact of animal-based subsistence adaptations on long-term trajectories of cultural development and environmental change across eastern North America & the highlands of West Asia. I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation in December, 2018, at the Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, entitled Herding in the Highlands: Pastoralism and the Making of the Kura-Araxes Cultural Tradition.
Following my postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI), I joined the faculty of The College of Wooster, where I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of anthropology, archaeology, and Middle Easter and North African studies.
My research interests cut across the Pleistocene-Holocene divide, ranging from Paleolithic & Paleoindian subsistence adaptations to the origins of agriculture, and the evolution of non-state societies, particularly Mississippian and Fort Ancient societies in eastern N. America and Kura-Araxes societies or the Early Transcaucasian Culture (ETC) in W. Asia.
My work integrates zooarchaeology, stable isotope studies, ethnographic studies, and human behavioral ecology to develop ecological models of animal-based foraging and pastoralism that can reliably detect variability in animal exploitation strategies in the archaeological record and that can be utilized to monitor patterned variations in large-scale diachronic and synchronic analyses.