While I teach various elements of anthropology, I am first and foremost an archaeologist.  I am really interested in the political and economic aspects of social interaction in complex societies and have specialized in the ancient cultures of Mesoamerica and the American Southwest.  I have done a lot of fieldwork in Belize and throughout the western United States, and have spent four years as a contract archaeologist in cultural resource management.  Since starting my teaching career at Camosun College in 2002 I have developed very productive and meaningful relationships with local first nations communities and am very committed to making archaeology relevant to the public in general but descendant communities in particular.