I am a semi-retired anthropologist, wrapping up a research program in Roman bioarchaeology. When I have time, I write for outlets such as Forbes, Mental Floss, and Smithsonian Magazine, give public talks, and provide expert opinions on news related to anthropological topics.


My educational background includes a PhD in anthropology (UNC Chapel Hill), MA degrees in anthropology (ECU) and classical archaeology (UNC Chapel Hill), and BA degrees in classical archaeology and Latin (UVa). I’ve taught at UNC Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt University, SUNY Cortland, Durham Technical Community College, and the University of West Florida.

I am currently an affiliated researcher at the Ronin Institute and UNC Chapel Hill.

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