Current Research Activities
Three issues in particular drive my current research. The first of these is human induced environmental change in historical context. I am also focused on issues of identity, ethnicity, and labor in industry. The third is the age of exploration. First contact between cultures anywhere intrigues me, because it never occurs first with scholars or diplomats, but by sailors, soldiers, merchants, and social mavericks. This has shaped the world more than we know.
Research Connections to Current Events
Being at SJSU has given me a solid and credible reputation. The college has been generous in its support of my research, and we have built one of the premier archaeological field schools for student in the country.
Personal Connections to Research
I have a deep interest in environmental and historical preservation.