I am an anthropological archaeologist and architectural historian committed to engaged research, teaching, and service. My research focuses on ancient public building practices and community participation in monumental projects. My dissertation research is centered at the ancient Maya site of Xunantunich, Belize. The Castillo acropolis (pictured above) is the principal subject of my survey work and excavations since 2012.
I teach archaeology, anthropology, and art history courses. In all my courses, I focus on student participation and discussion. I am also very invested in service learning opportunities. In my archaeology courses, I focus on experiential learning to engage students in how archaeologists actually work and the work they actually do (Spoiler: NOT INDIANA JONES!). I am interested in alternative assessment/evaluation strategies and how they can help students feel less stress in evaluation and demonstrate their knowledge of course content in more representative ways than traditional testing allows.
I am very passionate about community outreach as an archaeologist. I co-founded Fajina Archaeology Outreach, a community archaeology organization overseeing community projects and fundraisers for communities near Xunantunich.