I'm a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the department of Anthropology, where I'm broadly studying the archaeology of precontact eastern North America. Specifically, I'm exploring variation in domestic household and palisade wall architecture at Aztalan, WI (ca. AD 1000-1250) to understand how migrants and locals integrated, formed a community, and expressed their social identities. This line of research contributes to studies of culturally-diverse communities, relationships between migrants and locals, and Mississippian-Woodland interactions in the Midcontinental US and eastern North America.
I've served on the Wisconsin Archeological Society board of directors as secretary since 2010, and am chair of the Website and Media committee. I'm interested in student involvement in archaeology and the use of 21st-century technologies for research, education, outreach.