Greetings and welcome to my website! I am an assistant professor of Near Eastern archaeology in the University of California, Berkeley's Near Eastern Studies Department, and a curator of Near Eastern archaeology at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. I received my PhD in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Anthropology.
I co-direct the Dhiban Excavation and Development Project, an archaeological field project in Jordan. The project investigates how agricultural communities dominated by imperial systems used technologies to organize agricultural and craft production in the region's semi-arid, resource-scarce environment. I also co-direct the Dilmun Bioarchaeology Project with Sonoma State University's Alexis Boutin. This project is researching and publishing skeletal evidence and artifacts from Peter B. Cornwall's 1941 expedition to Bahrain and Eastern Saudi Arabia.
My research also draws on and contributes to critical social theory, tourism, heritage, and development studies, and Near Eastern archaeology's intellectual history.