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About Me

UT Ancient DNA Lab

UT Ancient DNA Lab

I AM A currently DOCTORAL Candidate IN ANTHROPOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN (PHD EXPECTED 8/2017). In the Fall of 2017, I will begin a postdoctoral fellowship through the Neukom institute at dartmouth college.

Broadly, MY RESEARCH merges molecular biology and SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY to explore THE ENTANGLEMENTS OF MATTER AND MEANING – THE WAYS IN WHICH SOCIAL, POLITICAL, AND BIOLOGICAL FORCES INTERACT TO SHAPE HUMAN BODIES past and present.

ONE AREA OF MY RESEARCH IS IN PALEOEPIGENETICS, AN EMERGING Area OF SCIENCE THAT RECONSTRUCTS EPIGENETIC MARKS IN ANCIENT DNA AND EXPLORES THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES. As part of my dissertation, I AM developing new methods for reconstructing and analyzing cytosine methylation patterns in ancient dna, and applying those methods to interpret ancient lifeways. I am currently inVESTIGATing THE EPIGENETIC EFFECTS OF VIOLENCE AMONG THE WARI, A PRE-INCAN STATE CIVILIZATION OF THE CENTRAL PERUVIAN ANDES. I AM INTERESTED IN WHETHER ancient EXPERIENCES OF VIOLENCE along status, gender, and ethnic divides left epigenetic traces in ancient dna.

AS AN ANTHROPOLOGIST WITH ANTI-VIOLENCE AND ANTI-RACIST INTERESTS, MY RESEARCH COMBINES THE LATEST TECHNIQUES IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY WITH EMERGING PHILOSOPHIES FROM NEW MATERIALISM AND POLITICAL ECOLOGY. I DRAW INFLUENCES FROM FEMINIST, QUEER, AND INDIGENOUS THOUGHT TO PROVIDE NEW MULTIDISCIPLINARY CASE STUDIES on the materiality of oppression, DEMONSTRATING THAT SOCIAL AND BIOLOGICAL FORCES ARE ENTANGLED IN THE FORMATION OF HUMAN BODIES.

I AM ALSO INTERESTED IN THE BIOPOLITICS OF DNA RESEARCH – HOW SOCIAL, POLITICAL, IDEOLOGICAL, AND HISTORICAL FACTORS INFLUENCE KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION IN genomics, SHAPING THE WAY THAT GENETICISTS STUDY HUMAN AND NONHUMAN POPULATIONS BOTH PAST AND PRESENT.

I AM NATIVE TEXAN FROM FORT WORTH. I CURRENTLY LIVE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS WITH MY WIFE, THREE DAUGHTERS, AND A SEMI-DOMESTICATED BOSTON TERRIER NAMED HENRY. I ENJOY TAKING PICTURES, PRETENDING TO BE A CHEF IN MY KITCHEN, AND USING FAR MORE HYPERBOLE THAN IS PROBABLY NECESSARY IN EVERYDAY CONVERSATION