Teaching

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As a teacher, I utilize my multidisciplinary training in archaeology, anthropology, Classics, and environmental science to blur traditional boundaries when approaching complex problems with students, incorporating methods and data that transcend a single discipline. At Boston University, I teach courses that incorporate the use of multiple scientific techniques to answer questions about the human past, and writing-intensive courses for graduate students that focus on the development of professional skills.

I regularly teach AR 307, Archaeological Science, a laboratory- and lecture-based class that introduces students to the basic science behind methods commonly employed to address archaeological questions about dating, diet, environmental change, movement of people and materials, and technology through the interpretation of primary scientific data. I will next teach this class in Fall 2018.

Food and Drink in the Ancient World (AR 280) is a course designed for students with no prior coursework in archaeology. In this class, we consider the social role of food, drink, and drugs over the course of human history, in worldwide comparative perspective. This course offers Social Science divisional credit and BU Hub units in Social Inquiry I, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, and is designated as Writing Intensive. I teach this course most years; I will next teach this class in Fall 2018.

Paleoethnobotany, AR 516, was most recently taught in Fall 2017 and will again be offered in the 2020-2021 academic year. This course covers the theory and method behind the recovery and interpretation of botanical remains from archaeological sites. This course will generally be offered on a biannual schedule.

I also teach AR 894, Scientific Applications in Archaeology, a core graduate seminar that explores advanced applications of archaeological science to address social and humanistic questions about the human past, through a focus on the methods and theory employed in scientific study of archaeological materials. This course is offered every academic year, typically in the spring; I will next teach this class in Spring 2019.

I teach AN/AR 510, Proposal Writing for Social Science Research, in rotation with faculty in the Department of Anthropology. This writing-intensive course is designed for graduate students in the social sciences and humanities who are preparing research proposals for funding agencies (i.e., a grant application) or for departmental committees (i.e., a dissertation proposal/prospectus); the goal of the course is a completed, submittable proposal. This course is offered every Spring semester; I next teach it in Spring 2019.

Teaching Experience

Paleoethnobotany
Department of Archaeology, Boston University
Advanced undergraduate and graduate theory and method course, with lab, Fall 2015, Fall 2017

Eating and Drinking in the Ancient World
Department of Archaeology, Boston University
Introductory undergraduate survey course, Fall 2016, Fall 2018

Scientific Applications in Archaeology
Department of Archaeology, Boston University
Graduate seminar, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2019

World Archaeology
Department of Archaeology, Boston University
Graduate seminar, Spring 2017

Proposal Writing for Social Science Research
Department of Anthropology, Boston University
Graduate research design and writing course, Spring 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2019

Archaeological Science
Department of Archaeology, Boston University
Advanced undergraduate theory and method course, with lab, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2018

Environmental Archaeology
Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Advanced undergraduate theory and method course, Spring 2012

Introduction to Archaeology
Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Introductory undergraduate survey course, Spring 2012

Environmental Anthropology
Department of Anthropology, Brown University
Advanced undergraduate theory and method course, Spring 2012

Archaeology and Paleoecology of Coastal and Island Environments
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University
Interdisciplinary graduate seminar, Fall 2011

Archaeology of Anatolia
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University
Introductory undergraduate survey course, Spring 2011

Environmental Archaeology
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University
Advanced undergraduate theory and method course, Fall 2010

Discovering the Greeks
Department of Classics, University of California, Los Angeles
Introductory undergraduate survey course, Summer 2009

Directed Research in Anthropology
Department of Anthropology, UCLA
Advanced undergraduate lab methods and independent research courses, 2008-2010

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