Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California-Berkeley (1995).
M. A. in Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton (1988)
B. A . in Anthropology, Summa cum Laude with University Honors, New York University (1986)
My research focuses on the materiality of identity; on gender, agency,
and technology; on Ice Age art; and on the history and sociopolitics
of archaeology. These interests came together in my dissertation on
the engendering of Magdalenian technology and personhood in the
French Pyrénées, ca. 14,000 years ago. Another facet of my work
explores the intersection of archaeology, anthropology, and pop
culture (for example in Hollywood films, cartoons, fiction, and even
museum gift shops) and with how cultures (past and present) are
portrayed in museums of natural history. In this regard, I use the
lens of philosophy and critical theory to understand how the
technoscientific project of capitalism shapes our understandings and
our representations of the past. My archaeological research has been
conducted primarily in France and South Africa, while my museum
research allows me travel the world.
under contract Fifty Key Twentieth Century Archaeologists. Routledge: London.
2000 Technology and Social Agency: Outlining a Practice Framework for
Archaeology. Blackwell: Oxford.
2000 Agency in Archaeology. Routledge: London. (editor)
1999 The Social Dynamics of Technology: Practice, Politics, and World
Views. Smithsonian Institution Press: Washington, D.C. (editor)
Articles & Book Chapters
in press Agency. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. R. Preucel and
C. Gnecco, eds. Springer: New York.
2010 Archaeologies of Technology. Cambridge Journal of Economics
2010 The Phenomenal Promise of Chaîne Opératoire: Mindfully Engaged
Bodies and the Manufacture of Personhood in a Regional Perspective. In
The Archaeology of Regional Technologies. R. Barndon, A. Engevik, and
I. Øye, eds., pp. 51-67. Edwin Mellon Press: Lampeter (UK).
2009 Technologies. In The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology. B. Cunliffe,
C. Gosden, and R. Joyce, eds., pp. 115-141. Oxford University Press:
2008 Gender in Prehistory. In Encyclopedia of Women in World History.
B. G. Smith, ed., pp. 501-508. Oxford University Press: Oxford.
2006 Gender in the Formation of the First Human Societies. In The
Blackwell Companion to Gender History, M. Wiesner-Hanks and T. Meade,
eds., pp. 211-226. Blackwell: Oxford
2005 Guest Editor. Thematic Issue on "Doing Agency in Archaeology."
Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. Vol. 12, Issues 3 & 4.
2001 Meaning in the Making: Agency and the Social Embodiment of
Technology and Art. In Anthropological Perspectives on Technology. M.
B. Schiffer, ed., pp. 47-76. University of New Mexico Press: