Welcome. This site exists to present my background, qualifications, and what I’ve been up to recently in the world of archaeological scholarship.
I started studying anthropology at Syracuse University in 2008. I graduated with my B.A. in Anthropology from Syracuse University in 2011. At the sage advice of a mentor, I then shifted into an Applied Archaeology M.A. program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While working towards my M.A. I landed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work for the American Museum of Natural History; North American Archaeology Department (AMNH). While at the AMNH, I was able to finish my M.A. in Applied Archaeology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania by writing thesis sections of Improvement Across the Atlantic: A Study of Irish Ceramics in the Five Points into the night from my cabin in Georgia during the 2012-2013 fieldwork season. In between excavating units during that same field season, I received word that I was being offered a doctoral fellowship at the New York State Museum (NYSM).
I moved to Albany, and into my office space at the NYSM in the spring of 2013. The NYSM fully funded my Ph,D. in Anthropology from the University at Albany. The fellowship allowed me interpret archaeological collections from across the state of New York in my dissertation; Lock, Hull, Wheel, and Rail: An Archaeological Study of the Construction of Ethnicity and Industry in New York. In the spring of 2016, the NYSM also fostered an opportunity for me to teach a cross-listed undergraduate/graduate level course in Museum Research and Curation offered through the University at Albany (you can find the syllabus for that class here. In the summer of 2016 I left the NYSM to take a position as a Project Archaeologist at an cultural resources compliance consultant named Environmental Design & Research (EDR). Working full time at EDR presented challenges in finishing my dissertation, but I was able to, and graduated with my Ph,D. in Anthropology from the University at Albany in the spring of 2018.
At the end of the summer of 2018, I had completed many, many archaeological compliance research projects in the states of New York, Ohio, and Maryland. At that point, I had done archaeological research in museum, academic, and compliance theaters in the northeast and mid-Atlantic for seven years. Then I received a position offer from SEARCH, Inc. in Florida. So we sold our house, packed up our dogs, and moved south in the fall of 2018 to accept my new Project Archaeologist position at SEARCH. While at SEARCH I shifted to completing archaeological compliance projects across the south including in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia. In the fall of 2019 I received a promotion to Principal Investigator. Since that time, I have been able to work on projects nearer my home state, and focus of my independent research, New York.
That brings us to early summer 2020, when I was very excited to see my book An Archaeology of Ethnicity, Race, and Consumption in New York is in print (Available through Lexington Books, and booksellers everywhere [i.e. Barnes & Noble, Amazon])!