I graduated in 1986 with a BA in Anthropology and a Minor in Biology. After doing CRM for four years in Colorado, I went on to get my Ph.D. from Penn State University in 1999, with an emphasis on prehistoric Mesoamerica. I am now an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Although my specialty is Mesoamerica, I also continue to have research interests in the Western United States. One of the most valuable things I took with me when I graduated from the Fort was an appreciation for the theory and method of Julian Steward. My exposure to his work is the result of academic “beatings” I received from none other than Dr. Kathy Fine when I took her Senior Seminar class. That was many years ago, but to this day Steward’s basic approach orients the way I go about both my research and teaching. This appreciation, in addition to the basic liberal arts focus of the Fort Lewis education, provided me with a solid foundation on which to build my career. Today, my interests include the comparative investigation of social complexity, political economy, craft production, and cultural ecology. My primary methodological specialty is the study of flaked stone tool production. It provides direct information on technology and the economy, but much more importantly it supports inferences about other aspects of prehistoric societies including social organization and ideology.
Currently I am studying the flaked stone economy of the Aztec site of Calixtlahuaca (http://calixtlahuaca.blogspot.com/), the remains of forager sites in Mount Rainier National Park, and have an ongoing research examining “Gateway Tradition” sites in West Central Colorado. What a long, strange trip it’s been, and it all really started at good ole Fort Lewis College in Camp Hall!