I received a Bachelors degree from SIUE in Anthropology, concentration in archaeology. While at SIUE, I studied prehistoric archaeology under Dr. Julie Holt and historical archaeology under Dr. Matthew Emerson and worked for the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, conducting cultural resource management. After graduation from SIUE, I received a Masters in History and Museum Studies from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in May 2006. My master's project, The Illinois-Missouri Freedom Trail: A National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Proposal , centered on networking regional African-American historic sites and creating educational programming at each location.
During the summers of 2005 and 2006, I delivered the “I Can Dig It” program at the Science Center, teaching archaeology and paleontology. Both summers I traveled to Jordan, Montana to prospect and excavate fossils with the Science Center and the Eastern Missouri Society for Paleontology.
Since graduation, I have worked on archaeological sites in Arrow Rock, Missouri and Illinois. I assist with the Jersey County Victorian Festival annually and am Assistant to the Director at the Fulkerson Mansion and Farm Museum in Jerseyville, IL. I plan to pursue a doctoral degree in Anthropology (Historical Archaeology), specializing in folklore and historic preservation. My research interests include Victorian material culture, African-American folkways, and vernacular architecture.