Description: An archaeologist by training, I work at the intersection of tribal historic preservation, colonial studies, and public history. My research specifically examines how community-based participatory approaches to research improves the empirical and interpretive quality of archaeological narratives, while also situating archaeology within a more respectful and engaged practice. As a core feature of this work I am exploring the diverse applications of minimally invasive field methods and digital media as tools for contributing to the capacity of tribal communities to manage their historic and environmental resources. This work centers on my ongoing collaboration with tribal communities in California, Oregon, and Washington. In conjunction with these projects I have developed multiple classroom, lab, and field school programs that provide undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to participate directly in research with tribal communities that contributes to their capacity to study, manage, and represent their heritage.
This work centers on my ongoing collaboration with the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians at Fort Ross State Historic Park (FRSHP), a former Russian-American Company mercantile settlement (1812-1841) in northern California. The settlement was founded within the Kashaya’s homeland, Metini. Community-based participatory research with both the tribal community and the California Department of Parks and Recreation has been used to create an archaeology that works for the tribal community, is conducted in accordance with their cultural values and that, ultimately, empowers them in the management of Kashaya heritage within Metini.
Since joining the faculty at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2013 I initiated a new, multi-year community-based partnership with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon (CTGR) and their Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO). The goal of this collaboration is twofold: first, to document the development of the 19th century Grand Ronde reservation landscape and, second, to contribute to the capacity of the CTGR THPO to manage tribal cultural resources on its reservation lands.