I am a
Anthropology at Illinois State University and currently the
Coordinator of the Anthropology Program. I received my Ph.D. in 1990
from the University of Arizona, where I studied with Michael Schiffer
and William Longacre. My dissertation work was based on a study of
pottery use-alteration among the Kalinga, which resulted in the book Pottery
Function: A Use-Alteration Perspective. Two other
books came from that experience, the co-edited volume, Kalinga
Ethnoarchaeology, and Ants for Breakfast, which is a book
meant for students and the general public about the experience of
doing field work in the Philippines. My interest in ceramic analysis
cross-cuts much of my research and my co-edited book, Pottery and
People, brings together scholars from different theoretical and
regional perspectives all focusing on how we archaeologists make
inferences about people from the fragments of pottery left behind. My
interest in archaeological method and theory is manifest in a
number of ways including my book series, Foundations of
Archaeological Inquiry, the journal that I have co-edited with
Catherine Cameron since 2000, Journal of Archaeological Method and
Theory, and two co-edited books, Expanding Archaeology, and
Archaeological Anthropology: Perspectives on Method and Theory.
The latter is a volume done in honor of William Longacre. Finally,
Iíve written a memoir, Bear Cave Hill, which is a
coming-of-age story that takes place mostly in 1968, one of the most
tumultuous years in American history.
I have two recent field projects. I was the co-Director, with William Walker, of La Frontera Archaeological Program that focused on the excavation of the Joyce Well site in southwestern New Mexico. That work resulted in the co-edited book The Joyce Well Site: On the Frontier of the Casas Grandes World. I am currently the Director of the Grand Island Research Program, which is dedicated to understanding the prehistory and history of the island located on the south shore of Lake Superior.
I have been married to my beautiful wife, Becky, for over 25 years and we have two great kids, Matt and Sadie.