Archaeology. Bioarchaeology. Complex societies. Writing systems. Material Culture. Comparative aesthetics. Mesoamerica.
Teaches archaeology and studies the development of ancient complex societies in Mesoamerica: the origin and societal functions of early writing, political economy and settlement patterns, and the social and ideological dimensions of mortuary practices.
Yale University, Ph.D.
Yale University, M.A.
Universidad de las Americas, M.A.
Universidad de las Americas, B.A.
Awards and Honors
Jane’s Faculty Development grant, Brandeis U. (summer research in Mexico). (2011)
Marver and Sheva Bernstein Faculty Fellowship (2001 - 2002)
Mazer Award (2001 - 2002)
Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from Underrepresented Groups (2001 - 2002)
National Science Foundation Grant (1997)
Junior Fellow in Pre-Columbian Studies, Dumbarton Oaks (1990 - 1991)
Study Collection Grant, American Museum of Natural History (1990)
Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant (1988)
Social Science Research Council Dissertation Fellowship (1987 - 1989)
Sterling Prize Fellowship, Yale University (1983 - 1984)
Fellowship, Instituto de Estudios Oaxaquenos (1979)
|ANTH||128a||Meaning and Material Culture|
|ANTH||147b||Mesoamerican Civilizations and Their Legacies|
|ANTH||153a||Writing Systems and Scribal Traditions|
|ANTH||184b||Cross-Cultural Art and Aesthetics|
|EL||94a||Experiential Learning Practicum|
|IGS||89b||Internship Seminar in International and Global Studies|