I'm a historical and environmental archaeologist and an Associate Professor of History and Environmental Humanities at Stony Brook University. I got my undergraduate degree in History and Archaeology at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and a PhD in Anthropology at Yale University.
My research explores the lives of laborers on haciendas near Atlixco, Puebla in central Mexico. To do this, I integrate archaeological, ethnographic, ethnoarchaeological, and historical research. I am particularly interested in the experiences of women during the century between Mexican Independence and the Mexican Revolution (1810-1910), and the ways in which that history impacts life and labor today. I am a zooarchaeologist, and I've studied animal bones collected on archaeological sites from New England to Cuba.
I teach graduate courses in material culture and undergraduate courses in early Latin American history. I also teach for Stony Brook's Sustainability Studies Program where I was the founding director of the Environmental Humanities BA from 2010 through 2012, and I serve on the faculty of Stony Brook's Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences.
Before coming to Stony Brook, I taught at the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico and Connecticut College in New London, CT. Outside of academia, I've worked for the National Park Service and the Boston Museum of Science.
My Mexican street dog and I live within earshot of Long Island Sound. When we get tired of work, we grab a camera and take a walk.