Currently I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Anthropology Department at the University of Illinois-Chicago. I completed my undergraduate degree in Archaeology at the University of Evansville in 2008 and received my M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2011. I have conducted archaeological fieldwork in such places as Ohio, Indiana, Mongolia, Greece, and Hungary. Since 2010 I have participated in the Körös Regional Archaeological Project (KRAP) based in Vésztő, Hungary, co-directed by Drs. William Parkinson (The Field Museum), Richard Yerkes (The Ohio State University), and Attila Gyucha (The Hungarian National Museum). Involvement with this project has enabled me to more clearly define my own research interests and goals.
Specifically I study the impact interaction has on social and environmental boundaries between archaeologically defined groups of people, using the Late Neolithic Herpály and the Tisza cultures from the Great Hungarian Plain as a case study for my research. Methodologically, I implement stylistic and geochemical analyses to quantify the extent to which interaction occurred between the Herpály and the Tisza.
At The Field Museum I work in the Eurasian Lab under the direction of Dr. William Parkinson. My duties primarily consist of analyzing ceramic and lithic samples using XRF and LA-ICP-MS, as well as managing the lab and its equipment, organizing data, and inventorying artifacts. My responsibilities also include tasks for the America for Bulgaria Foundation, the Körös Regional Archaeological Project (KRAP), and/or the Diros Project.
- M.A. Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011
- B.A. Archaeology, University of Evansville, 2008
- Harlaxton College, Grantham, England, 2006