BA University of Texas, 2009
MA University of California, Riverside, 2011
PhD University of California, Riverside, 2017
I am an anthropological archaeologist, focused on expanding and exploring the potential for community-based and -centered research methods. My research and teaching intersect archaeology, ethnohistory, and critical cultural heritage, with particular emphasis on community identity and social cohesion in the Postclassic Basin of Mexico. My current book project, Built to Last: Memory and Solidarity at Past and Present Xaltocan, Mexico, explores how modern residents of Xaltocan have constructed local identities around a shared past. This work interrogates how decades of archaeological research, shifting nationalist ideologies, and increasingly globalized markets have shaped local conceptions and valuations of Precolumbian heritage at Xaltocan.
I teach a range of classes centered on better understanding the past and present through material culture. All of my classes work to elevate the voices of historically disempowered peoples, and highlight how multivocality and diverse perspectives contribute to better social scientific and humanist research.