Associate Professor, Anthropology
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Mon/Wed 10:00-11:30 & Tues 10:00-12:00
Elected a National Fellow of the Explorers Club 2010.
I am an Anthropological Historical Archaeologist. I earned my Ph.D in Anthropology from Michigan State University, an M.S. in Industrial Archaeology from Michigan Tech, and my undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. I have extensive training from the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. I have conducted fieldwork in such diverse locations as prehistoric sites in the Great Basin of Nevada, underwater sites in Jamaica, nineteenth century iron forges in Upper Michigan, to more underwater work in the Cayman Islands. Currently my research is concentrated on the Caribbean with emphasis on the contact era, development of sugar plantations, the rise of capitalism and slavery, and issues concerning the African Diaspora. I am founder and a director of the Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Caribbean Studies.
Additional research interests include studying evolution of learning environments, Teacher Education, ethnicity in the Age of Exploration, boundary and maritime communities, and the relationship between magic, science and politics. I have been directing the San Jose State University-Bush Hill Archaeological Field School on Nevis, in the West Indies. For additional information see www.caribbeanarchaeology.com.