I'm an archaeological anthropologist specializing in ancient inequality; the comparative study of variation in early complex societies; in regional settlement, community patterning, and demography; household archaeology; quantitative analysis, spatial analysis, and GIS. I've also recently become interested in agent-based modeling. For the past 20 years I've conducted archaeological field research in NE China.

I received a BA in Anthropology from the University of Toronto (1999), and MA (2005) and PhD (2006) degrees in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. I joined the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Anthropology faculty in 2008.

My research focuses on explaining the emergence and development of Neolithic Hongshan period (4500–3000 BC) chiefly communities in NE China. I first began working on these issues as a member of the Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Research Project (CICARP), conducting regional-scale settlement survey in the Chifeng region of eastern Inner Mongolia. Later I directed the Hongshan Intra-Community Archaeological Research Project (HICARP) at Fushanzhuang, a Hongshan central place community in the Chifeng region. Currently I'm PI of the Liaoning Hongshan Period Community Project (LHPCP), working at and around the Hongshan core zone ceremonial complexes of Dongshanzui and Niuheliang in western Liaoning province.

My research has been financially supported by the US National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the Henry Luce Foundation with funding from the American Council of Learned Societies, and the universities of Pittsburgh and Hawai'i.

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