Southeastern/Midwestern ethnohistory and archaeology; long-term Indigenous histories; Indigenous-colonizer dynamics; social networks and sociopolitics; kinship and social relatedness; chronometric dating and Bayesian modeling; archaeological geophysics; GIS and spatial analyses; ceramic analysis; archaeological sciences; collections-based research
As an anthropologist, I am most concerned with how societies reorganize themselves, especially in the context of heightened social, political, and economic uncertainty. My expertise is in the archaeology of eastern North America with a particular focus on the societies of the midwestern and southeastern United States between roughly 250 BC and AD 1750. Using a range of analytical approaches including formal network analyses, high-resolution chronological modeling, traditional ceramic analysis, and archaeological geophysics, I explore long-term sociopolitical histories, especially with regard to how major ruptures in these histories articulated with the reorganization of social networks across large regions and among diverse populations.
I am particularly committed to destabilizing the use of archaeologically constructed categories that continue to contribute to the homogenization, simplification, and erasure of Indigenous histories. More specifically, my current work seeks to bridge the artificial conceptual divide between pre- and post-contact Indigenous peoples. In this context, I leverage high-precision chronological modeling and formal network analyses of large archaeological and ethnohistoric datasets to move beyond the use of chrono-historical units of time (e.g., archaeological phases) and top-down sociopolitical models (e.g., chiefdom).
Introduction to GIS for Anthropologists
Social Networks and Anthropology
Archaeology of North America
The Archaeology of Time
Archaeologies of Sex and Gender