Fall 2022 is my last semester of teaching, though I will not fully retire until December 2023.
None at present
Current PhD supervisees
Dana Drake Rosenstein - Development of optically-stimulated luminescence dating for sites < 500 years old in southern Africa (technical supervision by Dr. Jim Feathers, University of Washington); ceramic technology and provenance; archaeometric methods. Her PhD research was partly supported by NSF Grant 0542135.
For those interesting in applying to the graduate program: I am not taking any more graduate students, but am certainly willing to work with students who can find other main advisors.
Former PhD students, their dissertation topics and current locations
Jay Stephens (2022). Reconstructing Regional Interaction in Iron Age Southern Africa Through Copper Metal Provenance. His research was funded by NSF Grant 1852598. In January 2023 Jay will start a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Archaeometry Laboratory of the Missouri University Research Reactor (MURR).
Ester Echenique (2019). Social Integration, Negotiation, and Alliances: Yavi-Chicha Ceramic Production and Circulation in the Border Region of Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile, A.D. 1000-1550. (Co-supervised with Frances Hayashida, University of New Mexico). It was funded by a Doctoral Dissertation Grant from the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Ester is an Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Tarapacá, Chile.
Brunella Santarelli (2015). Technological Analysis of Pueblo I Lead Glazed Ceramics from the Upper San Juan Basin, Colorado (ca. 700-850 CE). (Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering; co-supervised with Nancy Odegaard). Brunella's dissertation research was supported by NSF Grant 1419233. She is now a Technical Specialist at STARC (Science and Technology in Archaeological Research Center) in the Cyprus Institute, Nicosia.
Fumie Iizuka (2013). Early Pottery in the Tropics of Panama (4500-3200 BC): Production Processes, Circulation and Diagenesis. (Co-supervised with Michael Schiffer). Fumie is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Anthropology and Heritage Studies, University of California, Merced campus.
Alyson Thibodeau (2012). Isotopic Evidence for the Provenance of Turquoise, Glaze Paints and Metals in the Southwestern USA. (PhD in Geosciences; co-supervised with Joaquin Ruiz). Her PhD research was funded by NSF Grant 0852270 and by the Lister Fellowship of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. She is now an Associate Professor of Earth Sciences at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.
Thomas Fenn (2011). Applications of Heavy Isotope Research to Archaeological Problems of Provenance and Trade. (Co-supervised with Joaquin Ruiz). His PhD research was funded by NSF Grant 0852270. He is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.
Lesley Frame (2009).Technological Change in Southwestern Asia: Metallurgical Production Styles and Social Values during the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age. Lesley's PhD was in Materials Science and Engineering, and was co-supervised by Pamela Vandiver and myself. Her PhD research was funded by NSF Grant 0923714. She is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut.
Martha Morgan (2009) Reconstructing Early Islamic Maghribi Metallurgy. Martha was an Assistant Professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology from 2006 to 20013.
Sarah Cowie (2008) Industrial Capitalism and the Company Town: Structural Power, Biopower and Identity in Nineteenth-Century Fayette, Michigan. Her PhD research was funded by a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Sarah is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno. From 2016 to 2021 she was a Presidential Early Career in Science and Engineering (PECASE) Fellow.
Noah Thomas (2008) Seventeenth-Century Metallurgy on the Spanish Colonial Frontier: Transformations of Technology, Identity and Value. Noah lives in Ventura, California. His PhD research was funded by NSF Grant 0606747 and by a predoctoral fellowship from the Mellon Foundation. He published a monograph based on this research in 2018.
Khaled al-Bashaireh (2008) Chronology and Technological Styles of Nabataean and Roman Plasters at Petra (Jordan). (Co-supervised with Greg Hodgins, AMS Radiocarbon Laboratory). Khaled is a Vice Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology at Yarmouk University, Jordan. His PhD research was funded by NSF Grant 0808885.
Aniko Bezur (2003). Variability in Sican Copper Alloy Artifacts: Its Relation to Material Flow Patterns During the Middle Sican Period in Peru, AD 900-1100. Aniko's PhD was in Materials Science and Engineering, and was co-supervised by William Davenport, Izumi Shimada, Nancy Odegaard and myself after the death of her original supervisor, David Kingery. Her PhD research was funded by NSF Grant 9903215. Aniko is Director of Scientific Research in the Center for Conservation and Preservation, Yale University.