I am the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s Research Station Archeologist at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and an Research Assistant Professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. In this “dual” position I teach anthropology courses for SAU‘s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and I am responsible for the archaeological resources in my station territory–11 counties in southwestern Arkansas.
I have over 20 years of experience in the field of archaeology and have been involved with projects in a total of 13 southeastern states (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA). I have authored or co-authored publications and/or technical reports on research in seven of those states (AL, AR, LA, MS, NC, TN, TX) and have strong backgrounds in both the academic and private sectors. I have been certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists and have worked for academic institutions, state agencies, and private cultural resource firms. I have worked at all stages of investigation and on sites dating from the Pleistocene to the twentieth century.
I finished my Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in December of 2004, but I moved to the Arkansas Ozarks to finish collecting my dissertation data and write in 2003. Between 2003-2006 I also taught anthropology part-time at the University of Arkansas and NorthWest Arkansas Community College.
My current research interests are within the sub-fields of archaeology and cultural studies–archaeology of the southeastern United States (both historical and prehistoric), race construction, representation and power relations in the American South, collective cultural memory, descendant communities, material culture, landscape analysis and critical archaeology. I also have a growing interest in the anthropology of science, industrial archaeology, public culture and critical theory.