I am currently an instructional technologist at Skidmore College, as well as a PhD candidate in anthropology at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York, where I also obtained a certificate in Interactive Technology & Pedagogy. I received a BS in mechanical engineering from Wichita State University and MA in anthropology from Hunter College. Prior to becoming an instructional technologist, I worked as an instructional technology fellow at City College and taught archaeology courses in the Anthropology Department at Queens College.
My research involves a comparative study of Viking Age material culture in the North Atlantic and focuses on the distribution of common artifact types found on settlement sites. The aim of my dissertation is to learn more about the scale and significance of trade between continental Europe and the North Atlantic islands and of trade and exchange among the islands during the Viking Age. Particular interests include the processes whereby small-scale societies navigate the edges of European networks of trade and communication, particularly in the face of marginal environments and climate change. This research is grounded in a theoretical approach that borrows from material culture studies, world-systems theory, quantitative methods, social-network analysis, object theory, and historical ecology. Along with archaeology, I am interested in issues related to teaching, instructional technology and design, interactive technology, digital social media, and the myriad ways that these topics intertwine.