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Areas of expertise:
Prehistoric archaeology, origins and results of domestication and riding of horses, origins of the Indo-European languages, North American prehistoric archaeology.
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Recent courses taught:
- Archaeological Theory
- Anthropological Film
- Pop Archaeology
- Introduction to Anthropology
- Old World Prehistory
- Native North America
- The Horse, the Wheel, and Language. How Bronze Age Riders from the Eurasian
Steppes Shaped the Modern World (2007). Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- “Archaeology and language: Why archaeologists care about the Indo-European problem” (2017). In European Archaeology as Anthropology: Essays in Memory of Bernard Wailes. Pam J. Crabtree and Peter Bogucki, eds. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
- A Bronze Age Landscape in the Russian Steppes: The Samara Valley Project (2016). Edited volume with Dorcas Brown, Pavel Kuznetsov, Oleg Mochalov, & Aleksandr Khkokhlov. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute Press.
- “Massive migration from the steppe was a source for Indo-European languages in Europe” (2015). With multiple contributors. Nature 522: 207-211.
- The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000-3500 BC (2010). Edited volume with Jennifer Y. Chi and maps by Dorcas Brown. New York: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.
- “The Indo-European Homeland from Linguistic and Archaeological Perspectives” (2015) with Don Ringe. Annual Review of Linguistics 1:199-219.
College service and professional affiliations:
- Yager Museum Curator
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Archaeological Institute of America
- Association for the Study of Language in Prehistory
- European Association of Archaeologists
- Society for American Archaeology