- Ancient history (especially ancient Egypt)
- Religions of the ancient Near East and Classical Mediterranean world
- The continued social role of the dead (e.g. veneration, ritual feasting, etc.) in the ancient Mediterranean
- Daily life
- Creation and maintenance of sacred space
- Memory studies
Top Scholarly Accomplishments
- "The Living Dead at Deir el-Medina" in A.Dorn and S. Polis (Eds.) Proceedings from the conference: Deir el-Medina and the Theban Necropolis: Describing the interactions within and outside the community of workmen.
- [In Press] Co-authored with Jen Thum. November 2016. “Visitor as Researcher: Making Archaeology More Accessible with Broken and Unprovenienced Objects” in Advances in Archaeological Practice Volume 4, Number 4: 537-549.
- Exhibition co-curator "Uncovering Ancient Egypt: Ancient Crafts, Modern Technologies” (2015) at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
After receiving my PhD, I taught at Missouri State from 2015–2016 as an Instructor of History and was a Lecturer of Egyptology at the University of California, Los Angeles from 2016–2017. Additionally, I have worked in the field as an excavator, field surveyor, and epigrapher in Egypt and Jordan.
San Diego, CA
- Playing tennis
Future Goals and Aspirations
My goals include getting my monograph out, growing students' and the community's excitement and interest in ancient history, curating a museum exhibition locally, and working with colleagues to set up a new chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt that will serve Missouri, and possibly the region.
Life Outside the University
If I am not working, I am playing tennis, watching movies, or playing pub trivia.