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 pastoral adaptations on long-term trajectories of cultural development and environmental change across the highlands of Southwest 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 range from Aceramic Neolithic to the Antiquity. My current research integrates zooarchaeology, stable isotope studies, ethnographic studies, and human behavioral ecology to develop ecological models of pastoralism that can reliably detect variability in pastoral adaptations in the archaeological record and that can be utilized to monitor patterned variations in large-scale diachronic and synchronic analyses.