2016: PhD, Anthropology, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
I graduated from the doctoral program in Anthropology at UTSA in August 2016. My PhD coursework included all four fields of anthropology, with an emphasis on archaeology and environmental anthropology. My dissertation is titled Building Xunantunich: Public Building in an Ancient Maya Community.
2010-2013: MA, Anthropology, UTSA
I completed a Master’s Degree as part of my doctoral coursework after passing my qualifying examinations in Spring 2013. My qualifying exams focused on the following topics:
1. Architecture as a topic of study in Maya archaeology
2. Innovative theoretical perspectives for understanding architecture in archaeology
3. Methodologies to investigate ancient architecture
2009-2011: MA with Distinction, Archaeology of Buildings, University of York, UK
I completed a Master’s Degree with distinction at the University of York in 2010 with degree conferral in January 2011. My Master’s thesis title is Visualizing Architecture: The Experience of Creating Virtual Reconstructions. My coursework covered topics of architectural archaeology, architectural conservation, and virtual analysis and visualization techniques.
2005-2009: BA, Art History, University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
I graduated summa cum laude from UTA with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History. My art history coursework focused on ancient and eastern art and architecture. I also completed detailed studies of Renaissance architecture, Silk Road architecture, Hagia Sophia, and Japanese architectural renewal rituals. I completed a minor in Anthropology, with a focus on archaeology. I completed my first archaeological field school in 2008 with the Mopan Valley Preclassic Project as an undergraduate.