Doctoral Student in Anthropology
I am interested in the role animals play in society, how they are used for dietary and non-dietary purposes, and their impact on the emergence of inequality. My research examines how animals helped create, maintain, and solidify inequality among the Preclassic Maya of the Belize River Valley. Additionally, I focus on diachronic change in animal exploitation to trace the shifting dynamics animals play in the growth and decline of complex societies.
Keywords: Mesoamerica, Maya, Preclassic, Complex Societies, Zooarchaeology, Social Organization, Social Change, Political Organization, Emergence of Complexity, Inequality