My research focuses on the relationship between space, interaction, and socio-political development. At the community level, I am interested in how groups situated in cultural and/or political borderlands position themselves vis-à-vis neighboring societies. At the regional level, I want to know how these local positioning strategies effect cross-cutting networks of interaction and either promote or combat the emergence of collectively-oriented political alliances. I do this by investigating how borderland communities signal group-level identities through the manipulation of decorative and technological styles. My research deals specifically with a collection of Northern Iroquoian-speaking communities living in the upper St. Lawrence valley during most of the Late Woodland period. I aim to investigate how these upper St. Lawrence groups interacted with neighboring societies in present-day Ontario, New York, and Quebec and how such patterns of interaction relate to instances of regional population movement and polity-formation in the late-fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
B.A., Anthropology & History, Purdue University, 2016