I am an anthropological archaeologist with a general interest in the development of social and political complexity. I study authority and power in egalitarian societies, with a focus on the archaeology of Voltaic and Mande communities in western Burkina Faso, West Africa. My research emphasizes the dynamism of these societies over the past 2000 years. Since 2004, I have directed excavations at Kirikongo and neighboring sites in Mouhoun Province, Burkina Faso. I also collaborate on several other archaeological projects in Senegal and Burkina Faso.
Office: 252 Condon Hall
African Archaeology Lab: 268 Condon Hall
Telephone: (541) 346-5525
Address: Department of Anthropology
1218 University of Oregon,
Eugene, OR 97405-1218