Mairead K. Poulin

About Mairead K. Poulin

Mairead Poulin is a PhD student in the Archaeology program. Her research interests center on the ways that communities of the past and present engage with ancestral iconography in everyday practices, particularly in identity-based, memory-driven, and placemaking practices. She prioritizes the inclusion of Indigenous voices, ontologies, and oral histories in her work, which is also fueled by her interests in object study and museum representation. Her research projects have spanned from the early Archaic to the late colonial periods of the American Southwest, and she has conducted fieldwork in Northern Arizona, Southwestern Colorado, Northern New Mexico and Eastern Ireland. 

At the University of Arizona, Mairead is pursing a PhD Minor in American Indian Studies and Museum Studies, as well as a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching Methods. She has previously worked at the Williamstown Historical Museum, the Field Museum of Natural History, and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Courses Taught


ANTH 160A: World Archaeology (Summer 2019)

Teaching Assistant/Associate:

ANTH 442/542: Field Training in Archaeology - AKA Picuris Pueblo Field School (Summer 2019, Summer 2018)

ANTH 160D: Origins of Human Diversity (Fall 2019, Spring 2018)

CLAS 160: Classical Mythology (Fall 2017)


University of Arizona:

2018-2019 El Morro Inscription Rock Project

2017-present Nomadic Archaeologies in the Northern Rio Grande Project

2015-present Rock Art Ranch Research Project

Others (selected):

2016 Basketmaker Communities Project, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

2016 Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project, Irish Archaeology Field School

Research Interests

Identity, Iconography, Landscape, Practice, Memory, Persistance, Ethnogeography, Material culture, Rock art, Indigenous archaeology, "Postcolonial" archaeology, Archaeology of art, Historical trauma, Multidisciplinary approaches to the study of archaeology

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Contact Information

Graduate Associate
Office: Haury 402 (Southwest Archaeology Lab)
Office Hours: Spring 2020: Tuesday and Wednesday 9:45-10:45


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

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