I am a historical archaeologist actively working in the American Southeast and Caribbean. My research combines archaeological and ethnohistorical data to investigate specific episodes of culture contact. I utilize geographic information systems (GIS) to contextualize these data and reveal deeper patterns related to social structure and change. This diachronic approach supports research into the changing relationships between minority and majority groups, factors leading to instances of forced displacement such as race riots, and two and a half centuries of social change as revealed at a British fort in the Caribbean. I also see the interaction between the past and present as a form of contact, and experiment with new media to support public engagement with archaeology.
I am presently assistant professor of anthropology and director of the GIS Program at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. I regularly teach courses in anthropological archaeology, heritage studies, and spatial analysis.
I began my exploration of these interests at the University of Arkansas, where I received a BA in anthropology (2004). This included a thirteen month study abroad experience in New Zealand funded by a Fulbright Scholarship. My early interests in applying geospatial technologies to public archaeology were furthered during my time at Michigan Tech, where I received a MS in industrial archaeology (2005).
I undertook additional graduate study at the University of Florida’s (UFL) Department of Anthropology, leading to MA (2008) and PhD (2011) degrees in anthropology. While at UFL I spent five years teaching undergraduate students, worked on contact period and historical archaeology projects, and explored emerging forms of digital heritage as related to African American history.
I am also a longtime fan of the science fiction and horror genres. While usually separate, my academic and personal interests do intersect sometimes. This includes a freshman seminar on the undead, Zombies: Social Anxiety and Pop Culture, and my recent piece in ArcUser Magazine, The Undead Liven Up the Classroom.