- B.Sc., Behavioral Sciences (Anthropological Archaeology), Andrews University
- M.A., Archaeology (Roman), University of Durham, UK
- Ph.D., Archaeology (Roman Frontiers and the Archaeology of Place), University of Durham, UK
I grew up in a working-class family in southwestern Michigan, and was a first-generation and mature college student. Before completing my own college studies, I forged a career in technology consulting and database development, and these skills have helped me in my own academic work as a student, scholar, and teacher. In 2008 my family and I moved to the UK, where I completed graduate studies and began my full-time academic career. We've only recently moved back to the USA in the summer of 2018, and are very excited for what the future holds in Grand Rapids and at Calvin.
I am a specialist in life and interaction at the edges of the Roman Empire, comparative borderland dynamics in world history, archaeological theory (e.g. archaeology of place, process philosophy, postcolonial perspectives), and digital tools/methodologies within archaeology, history, and the wider humanities.
I completed my MA and PhD research on the long-term history and archaeology of Roman remains in central Scotland, and am currently supervising a UK-based PhD student on the Hidden Landscape of a Roman Frontier Project, which centers on the analysis of LiDAR and other remote sensing data sets for the Antonine Wall. I also maintain active research and fieldwork centered on Roman and Late Antique (Byzantine) periods in Jordan, including the Umm el-Jimal Project and the Hisban Cultural Heritage Project. In 2018, I directed new excavations of the Hisban North Church, and am currently planning for new excavation seasons at Umm el-Jimal, again focused on churches of the Byzantine period.
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