Social stuff

I am an archaeologist, with an interest in landscapes, capitalism, and the construction of the modern world.  I received my PhD from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2013.  While there, I served as the Lab Supervisor of UMASS Archaeological Services, a contract archaeology firm under the auspices of the University. I am currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. I am also the Collections Manager and Lecturer in Museum Studies at the Yager Museum of Hartwick College.

My main research focus is in historical archaeology--the archaeological study of the spread European culture, society, and economy throughout the world and the concomitant resistance and accommodation to that process. My dissertation examined the material dimensions of scientific and rational farming in western Massachusetts in the early 19th century, and the ways in which race and class were caught up in this movement.  My book on this subject was published by Springer Academic in 2016. I have also been involved in a larger research project on the landscapes of the Great Depression in the Northeast of England.

More generally, I am interested in space, power, and popular culture, and the open-source and open-content movements, which I write about on my blog When Elvis Died

I currently reside in Oneonta, New York.