About Me

I’m an anthropological archaeologist interested in multi-ethnic interaction, community formation, and identity. I specialize in the archaeology of North America, especially Cahokia, other Mississippian societies, and the interaction between Mississippian and Late Woodland peoples in the Midwest. Methodologically I’ve recently focused on perishable domestic structures and palisade wall architecture as vehicles for understanding community formation and identity expression. I completed my Ph.D. in 2018 and now teach several anthropology classes at Western Washington University.

Besides anthropology, I’ve been practicing photography since around 2008. My personal work emphasizes landscapes and natural environments. I have an ongoing project of photographing the U.S. National Parks.

I live in Bellingham, Washington with my wife Annie, our daughter Eden, and our goldendoodle Gus. I like to eat good food, drink good coffee & beer, hike, camp, mountain bike, snowboard, and otherwise enjoy life in northwest Washington.