Area of Interest: My research centers around the human navigation of the death process, an understanding of the human body and its modifications in antiquity, and the intersection of biology and ritual. I am concerned with a number of topical issues including: mortuary ritual patterns, attitudes towards death and dying, ritual violence, and the cultural modification of both the antemortem and postmortem body, with a contextual focus on human bone in non-funerary contexts.
Keywords: Maya archaeology; bioarchaeology; mortuary archaeology; ritual and religion; the human body; death and/in society; osteology; paleopathology; spatial analysis
Status: Second year
Previous Degrees: B.S. in Anthropology and B.A. in Religious Studies, Michigan State University