Fall 2012 - Present: Instructor at Saint Louis University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology and Anthropology. 2012 and 2013: Archaeological field director at Cahokia Mounds (For Washington University). Fall 2012 - Fall 2010: Adjunct Instructor at SLU and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 2008, 2011: Archaeological field director at Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site (for Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the Center for Archaeological Investigations. Extensive other excavation experience.
In studying the prehistoric Mississippian cultures of the eastern United States, my initial work focusing on monumental architecture and color symbolism gave rise to a broader concern with religion, experience, practice, and the senses in prehistory. I am presently connected to two field projects. As part of the Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site Research Team, I am engaged in ceramic analysis now for a project to tighten up the local chronology and strengthen my arguments for how the monumental organization of the site changed through the centuries. My excavations there in 2008 and 2011 were related to that goal. I am also an excavation director in the Mound 34 project through Washington University in Saint Louis at the preeminent Native American site of Cahokia Mounds.
2013 Colored Monuments and Sensory Theater
among the Mississippians. In "Making Senses
of the Past: Toward a Sensory Archaeology",
edited by Jo Day. Center for Archaeological
Investigations Occasional Paper No. 40,
(under contract) Butler, Brian M., Paul D. Welch,
Corin C.O. Pursell and Tamira K. Brennan,
Chapter Two: "Kincaid in the New Century".
In "A View from Upstream: Late Pre-
Columbian Research in the Ohio Valley",
edited by Jeremy J. Wilson and
Anthony M. Krus. University Press of Florida.