Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology and the Ancient World (2015-2017)

I am an archaeologist, specializing in Mesopotamia and the ancient Near East.  My work revolves around the themes of risk, power, and inequality, with a particular focus on agricultural practices, human-environment dynamics, and gastro-politics.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University. I received my PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, where I completed a doctoral dissertation about grain storage practices in Early Bronze Age (3000 – 2000 BC) Mesopotamia.

I have conducted archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus, Scotland, and the United States. I have also been involved in a number of other collaborative research projects, including a multidisciplinary study in computer simulation (the Modeling Ancient Settlement Systems or MASS project), an examination of early administrative devices using CT technology (the Early Writing Project, Oriental Institute), and an effort to recreate Sumerian beer (Oriental Institute and Great Lakes Brewing Company).