I hold a BA degree in anthropology from UCLA (2006), and a MA from Cal State University, Northridge (2009). My MA research was conducted in Tarapaca Valley, Northern Chile where I examined rock art sites as a means for understanding the economic and ideological reorganization that followed Tiwanaku's collapse. Shifting my regional focus slightly, my doctoral research will focus on Late Intermediate Period (A.D. 1000-1450) Collao ritual architecture in the Titicaca Basin of southern Peru. While problematizing Spanish characterization of the Colla ethnic group as a unified political body, my work in Peru will also consider the role of religious rituals in forging regional coalitions during the tumultuous years after Tiwanaku's decline.
Complex societies, ideological change, landscape archaeology, post-collapse regenerative processes, craft production; The Andes.