Great Plains archaeology, Mississippian archaeology, archaeological theory and method, archaeological philosophy, cognitive archaeology, iconography and symbolism, ceramic analysis, lithic technologies, museum curation, museum collections management, NAGPRA compliance and cultural affiliation.
Areas that are of interest to me include: human responses to new environments; arctic and subarctic archaeology; peopling of the Americas; Beringia; osseous technologies; migration and interaction; subsistence; museum curation and collections management; and public outreach and community engagement. I am advised by Dr. Sellet and am currently studying the chaîne opératoire of osseous industries in the Aleutian Islands. For 2017-2018, I am the graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Radovanović for Introduction to Archaeology and the Vice-President of Graduate Students for Anthropology.
Human adaptation and variation, peopling of the New World, Denisovan and Neanderthal introgression, paleo-environmental reconstruction, ancient and modern genetics and epigenetics, genetic and epigenetic epidemiology, nutrigenetics, complex phenotypes, biological aging, gene-culture coevolution, fire culture in the Arctic, stem cells, natural history, and primatology.
I am a second year M.A. student in Biological Anthropology working as a Graduate Research Assistant for my advisor, Dr. Dennis O'Rourke. My research interests are human anthropological genetics and genomics, ancient and modern DNA, migration and population genetics, ecology and adaptation, human evolution and variation. I am also the President of the Graduate Students for Anthropology for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Body politics in postwar Guatemala, the reproduction of marginalization through neoliberal healthcare systems, the production of medical knowledge, the everyday ethics of caregiving & moral worlds of physicians, foreign aid decline in Latin America, development's side effects, and the Ch'orti' Maya area.
Ethnogenesis; extractive economies and indigenous political movements; ethnohistory of Amazonian peoples; infrastructure and ICTs (information and communication technologies); indigeneity; kinship; shamanism; memory; violence; Kandozi and Quechua (Inga/Southern Pastaza Quechua); western Amazonia (Peru/Ecuador).
Perceptions of health problems and suffering; Patient-Doctor relationships; Medical ethics; Social determinants of health; Slave health & nutrition practices; Health based geographic information systems; Health literacy and patient compliance; Demography of health and health care; Health and migration; Visual anthropology; East Africa and African-American communities.
Currently conducting research on "light verbs" (what we call yardemchi pe 'il "helping verbs"). My primary focus is Uyghur verbs and grammatical topology, but I am also interested in culture.
I plan to use the corpus of pre-modern and modern Uyghur to research these questions for my PhD dissertation. Creating an electronic corpus will allow tracking the development of these helping verbs of 150 years. We will be able to count them and study their discourse context.
My research focus is on the rise of nationalism Xinjiang and the discursive creation of Uyghur ethnic identity. I am working on applying methods of linguistic anthropology to the analysis of power structure concealed in everyday discourse and the nationalistic manipulation of public sentiments by elites for the purpose of legitimizing power and hegemony.