I am an anthropologist at heart intrigued with all that makes us human. I obtained my BA and MA in Anthropology from Wichita State University (1984, 1986) and my PhD in Anthropology from Ohio State University (1992). My postgraduate work focused on bioarchaeology, concentrating on health, disease, and biodistance of Native American skeletal collections from the Ohio Valley.
Between 1993 and 2006, I worked for the US federal government, initially as a field archaeologist, but soon became involved with compliance work related to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). I became the Bureau of Reclamation’s national lead on NAGPRA and the management of its museum property, working in Reclamation’s national policy office as a senior cultural resource manager.
I came back to academia in 2006. The treatment of human remains continues to feature in my research, and I have started teaching the Human Osteology module in History, Classics, and Archaeology. I have had a long held interest in the long-term protection and interpretation of cultural heritage, and advocate making it as accessible as possible. Recently, I have embraced a more integrated science-based approach to methods and technologies for recording and monitoring heritage assets, especially for open-air rock art and stone war memorials.