University of Chicago

  • BA Anthropology, June 2007.  Thesis title: “From Wurst to Gong Bao Di: Food resources in a dynamic urban environment.”
  • Graduate Student-at-Large, 2007-2008

While at the University of Chicago, I gained my initial experience in zooarchaeology working in Dr. Gil Stein’s laboratory at the Oriental Institute. I designed and wrote an original thesis project under the guidance of Dr. Stein and Dr. Deborah Bekken (The Field Museum of Natural History) utilizing faunal analysis techniques to examine changes in meat preferences from 1860 to 1920 in the northern Armour Square neighborhood in Chicago. During my year in the GSAL program, I built on this research for my Urban Archaeology course final project with Dr. Antonio Curet to take an in-depth look at gender and ethnicity through food in Chicago’s Chinatown.


Michigan State University

  • MA Anthropology, 2011
  • PhD Anthropology candidate (current)
  • Graduate Certification in Community Engagement (current)

I began graduate work at Michigan State University in 2009 to continue my studies in historical archaeology.  After receiving my MA in 2011, I entered the PhD program the same year, and achieved candidacy in the spring of 2015.  After completing my fieldwork in New Orleans, LA, I began my dissertation research exploring the role of food in the business of commercial sex in the late 19th to early 20th centuries.  A detailed description can be found in the “Research” tab above.

Alongside my PhD, I am working towards a Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement, for which I am completing a 60+ hour engagement project and portfolio.  My focus for the project is anthropology education for middle school students.  A detailed description can be found in the “Museum Work” tab above.