Mairead K. Poulin

About Mairead K. Poulin

Mairead Poulin is a first-year student in the Archaeology program. Her research interests center on the ways that communities of the past and present engage with ancestral iconography and artistic design in daily life. Her work has been focused on the prehistoric North American Southwest, but she maintains interest in historic archaeologies of the Southwest and beyond. She is also interested in indigenous archaeology and using oral histories and ethnography as aids to intrepret the archaeological record.

Mairead is pursuing a multidisciplinary minor in American Indian Studies and Museum Studies, and is interested in anthropology education, heritage protection, and the politics of museum representation of Native American groups.

Mairead has conducted fieldwork in Northern Arizona, Southwestern Colorado, and Eastern Ireland. Prior to joining the School of Anthropology, she worked at the Williamstown Historical Museum in collections and administration, and at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center as a field intern. This summer, she will serve as a teaching assistant to the Picuris Pueblo Field School.

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant, ANTH 160: Origins of Human Diversity (Spring 2018)

Teaching Assistant, CLAS 160: Classical Mythology (Fall 2017)

Areas of Study

North American Southwest


2017-2018 Graduate Research Assistant, Nomadic Archaeologies in the Northern Rio Grande Project, University of Arizona.

2016 Field Intern, Basketmaker Communities Project, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.


Research Interests

Identity, Design, Ritual, Change, Intergroup communication, Material Culture, Rock Art, Indigenous archaeology, Postcolonial archaeology, Archaeology of art, Multidisciplinary approaches to the study of archaeology

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Contact Information


M.A. Anthropology (Archaeology), University of Arizona (expected 2019)

A.B. Anthropology and Psychology, Smith College (2016)