Graduate Students

Areas of Interest:

Archaeology of Value

Caroline Arbuckle is originally from Vancouver, Canada. She received a B.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Ancient History from the University of British Columbia, and an M.A. in Egyptology from Oxford University. She is primarily interested in the archaeology of value, in particular...
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Mesoamerican archaeology, visual culture, GIS

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Andean Archaeology, Mortuary Architecture and Practice, Geospatial Mapping, GIS, Photogrammetry, and 3D modeling

Jacob Bongers was born and raised in San Jose, California. He received his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Archaeology at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, Jacob conducted fieldwork in Portugal, Chile...
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Monumentality and monuments, commemorative spaces, social memory.

Brandon Braun was born in San Diego, California. Brandon earned a B.A. in Classics and Mathematics at San Diego State University and an M.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Classical Archaeology at San Francisco State University. In his master’s thesis at SFSU, he examined the monumental nature of...
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Bioarchaeology and Mortuary Archaeology, Egyptian Archaeology, Archaeological Excavation and Survey, Archaeological Photography and Illustration

Rose Campbell earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Montana, focusing on archaeology and bioarchaeology. Her primary research interests include Egyptian archaeology and mortuary archaeology in the Mediterranean, particularly the influence of cross-cultural contact on...
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Near Eastern Archaeology

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Mexican Historical Archaeology and Colonial Material Culture

Karime Castillo is originally from Mexico City. She received her B.A. in Archaeology from Universidad de las Américas Puebla and her M.A. in Artefact Studies from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. She is primarily interested in Mexican historical archaeology and colonial...
Areas of Interest:

Greek realm from the 7th to 4th centuries BC

Myles Chykerda comes from Edmonton, Canada, where he received a B.A. Honours in Anthropology and Classics (2004) and joint M.A. in classical archaeology and in humanities computing (2010), both from the University of Alberta. Although originally interested in the archaeology of the Roman army, his...
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Ancient technology, commodity production, and associated trade networks in the eastern Mediterranean

Alison Crandall is originally from western Massachusetts. She earned a B.A. in chemistry and classical studies (’13) as well as an M.A. in ancient Greek and Roman studies (’15) at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Alison learned to combine her experience to pursue a career in archaeological science...
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Ceramics Analysis, Archaeologies of Colonialism and Imperialism, Identity Negotiation, Levantine Archaeology, Egyptian Archaeology

Jacob Damm spent most of his childhood on military bases throughout the United States. He received his B.A. in Classics and Religious Studies from the University of South Carolina, which included a year-long study of Classical Archaeology at the University of Warwick. He then moved on to Harvard’s...
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Iron and Bronze Age Anatolia, GIS, Stable Isotope Analysis, Zooarchaeology, Remote Sensing.

Adam Dibattista originally hails from New Jersey. He received his B.A. in Archaeology from Boston University in 2014. In his honors thesis Adam analyzed sheep and goat molars for their strontium isotope content, proposing new approaches to understanding the decision- making processes of mobile...
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Prehistoric China; the Neolithic along the Yangzi River; ceramic analysis; the concept of "archaeological cultures"

Richard Ehrich is a native of Berlin, Germany, where he studied prehistoric archaeology and Sinology at the Freie Universität. He attended Shandong University for one year to study language, and his frequent visits to China include two survey seasons in Sichuan province. Richard has also...
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Balkan and Aegean Neolithic communities and is focused mostly on the macroscopic and microscopic analysis of pottery.

Gazmend Elezi was born and raised in Albania and has lived in Greece for the last 15 years. He studied archaeology and the history of art at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and he received his M.A. in Aegean and Balkan prehistory from the same university. Gazmend is primarily...
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Pacific Archaeology (Hawaiʻi),gender, sexuality, paleoenvironment, paleoethnobotany, microartifact analysis, queer theory, post colonial theory, indigenous theory. 

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State formation during the Inca period, economic specialization, landscape archaeology, and the interplay between power and identity in the past. 

Kevin Hill grew up in Moorpark, California. He attended Harvard University where he received his B.A. in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology. As an undergraduate, he participated in fieldwork in the American Southwest. His undergraduate thesis focused on defensive...
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Southeast Asia, Global History, Colonialism, Historical Archaeology, Maritime Archaeology, Archaeometry 

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Pre-Columbian Andean archaeology, trade and exchange in pre-Columbian societies, subsistence economies in pre-Columbian societies, development of craft specialization, paleoethnobotany, and  archaeometry.

Terrah Jones is from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and she received B.A. degrees in both anthropology and chemistry from Ripon College and an M.A. in archaeology at UCLA. While in attendance at Ripon College her focus was on archaeological science using chemical techniques to compositionally analyze...
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Mediterranean prehistory; death & burial; landscape; memory; archaeological & anthropological method & theory; archaeology & nationalism

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Andean archaeology, Inka architecture, imperial presencing, spatial theory, urbanism

Georgi Kyorlenskik is possibly the only representative of a crossbreed between two rather large groups—Bulgarian archaeologists and U.S.-trained Andeanists. He received a B.A. in Anthropology and History from Beloit College and an M.A. in Museum Anthropology from Columbia University. Georgi is...
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Archaeology of the Near East, Anatolia, and the Southern Caucasus; Emergent Social Complexity; Political economy and Historical ecology; Zooarchaeology; Isotopic analyses

Hannah Lau grew up in San Francisco and received her B.A. in Anthropology and History, with a minor in Modern Middle Eastern Studies, at the University of Pennsylvania. She has participated in fieldwork in a variety of places in the Greater Near East and beyond. 
H. P. (Hsiu-Ping) Lee graduated from the Institute of History at National Taiwan University and is interested in the ancient Chinese civilization and archaeology, with a special focus on the interrelationship between political domination and material culture during the Shang-Zhou period (ca. 1046–...
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Prehistoric archaeology of the Caucasus and the Near East; lithic analysis; obsidian sourcing; emergent social complexity; economic anthropology.

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Archaeology of Ethiopia and Egypt, Ancient Identity, Ceramics

Rachel Moy was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. She received her B.A. in classical archaeology and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Previously, Rachel has conducted fieldwork at Megiddo in Israel and the Garfield Farm Excavation in Illinois. At...
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Development of social complexity; Andean archaeology; Paracas; ritual architecture and practice

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Sensory Archaeology; Egyptian archaeology; GIS, 3D-imaging, RTI and Photogrammetry; oils, incense, and unguents; ethnoarchaeology

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Late Period Egypt, ancient economy, ancient technology, cultural interactions in the ancient Mediterranean world, innovations in mortuary practices.

Vera Rondano is originally from Italy. Her undergraduate degree is in Classics and Oriental Studies from Oxford University, where she also obtained a Master of Philosophy in Egyptology. Her thesis focused on a collection of provenanced mummy-nets, currently kept by the Egyptian Museum in Turin,...
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North American archaeology; California; Great Lakes Region; hunter-gatherers and foundations of complex society; economic anthropology; exchange systems; waterways and landscape archaeology

Stephanie Salwen comes to University of California Los Angeles with a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has experience with underwater maritime archaeology and worked to locate and identify three nineteenth-century shipwrecks in Lake Huron as part of her honors...
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Egyptian ethnoarchaeology, Egyptian archaeology, cultural heritage site preservation, Paleoethnobotany, ancient Egyptian diet and foodways

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Field excavation, settlement archaeology, and archaeobotany at Sichuan.

Tao Shi was raised in Sichuan, China. He earned his B.A. in Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, and his M.A. in Peking University, Beijing. During his eight years at university, he participated in the excavation in Baligang site in Middle Yangtze River and is currently writing the excavation report...
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Classical archaeology; disability and difference in ancient Greece; daily life

 Debby Sneed earned a B.A. in English and History from the University of Wyoming and an M.A. in Classics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has participated in excavations in Greece, Italy, and Ethiopia. 
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Eastern European prehistory; cultural heritage law; ancient textiles; museum studies; mortuary ritual and material culture; gender and archaeology

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Bronze Age China; bronze casting technologies; text/object interplay; cultural heritage and ethnography; the politics of archaeology in contemporary China.

Kirie Stromberg was born and raised in the Midwest. She graduated with a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Yale University in 2012.  There she also began her studies of Chinese under the auspices of the Light Fellowship and traveled back and forth frequently to mainland China. In...
Areas of Interest:

Greek social and economic history; archaeological ceramics; archaeology of memory; Greek prehistory; Boeotian studies

Trevor Van Damme was raised on a farm in rural Manitoba. He received both a B.A., Honors, and an M.A. in Greek and Roman studies at the University of Victoria. His primary research interests include the archaeology of ceramics and the negotiation of group identities, with a focus spanning the Late...
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Prehistoric archaeology of Northern China and adjacent areas octoral Fellowship

Chenghao Wen was born in Henan Province of China and received his B.A. at Xiamen (Amoy) University in 2009 and his M.A. at Peking University in 2012. Over the past eight years, he has participated in various field projects conducted in Guangxi, Three Gorges, Sichuan, Henan, Inner Mongolia, and...