BA in Archaeology 1993

Current CV
Areas of Interest
Historical Archaeology, United States and CaribbeanHistoric Cemeteries
Excavation and Fieldwork
My current project focuses on American cemeteries from an archaeological perspective, where I apply tools and techniques of (above ground!) archaeology to understand these spaces and their evolving meanings in American society.
Representative Publications
2022 The Archaeology of Childhood. Second Edition. Rowman and Littlefield, Landham, MD 2020 (co-edited with Natasha Lyons, Sonya Atalay, and Kisha Supernant) Archaeologies of the Heart. Springer, New York. 2019 The Archaeology of American Childhood and Adolescence in the American Experience. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. 2018 (co-edited with Meredith Ellis) Nineteenth Century Childhoods: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives. Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past Monograph Series Volume 6. Oxbow Books, Oxford, UK.
What have you been doing since you’ve graduated?
I graduated in 1993 so it’s been awhile. After graduating, I went into the MA/PhD program in Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Michigan. The same year I graduated from that program (2000), I was hired as a tenure-track assistant professor at DePaul University in Chicago and have been there ever since. I love being at a teaching university as well as doing my own research and writing.
How did your experience in the program shape your professional and personal life?
My time at BU was absolutely fantastic and I am a very enthusiastic alum! I learned the value of mentorship, personalized education, and learning through experience- all things I actively bring to my own teaching. I also learned about archaeology from many disciplinary perspectives, which I think allowed me to think more creatively about archaeology and pursue a primary research agenda that was topical rather than based in time or space.
What interactions with members of the Archaeology faculty did you value most during your time in the program?
I was so lucky to be in a program where faculty took the time to mentor and support undergraduate learners in and beyond the classroom. I loved going on weekend excavations with Mary Beaudry and to museum exhibits with Katherine Bard and Paul Zimansky. My academic advisor, Dr. Curtis Runnels, has been one of the most influential people in my life- both for the respect and encouragement he always showed me, but also for how he modeled being an avid lifelong learner in all parts of life.