Her research explores questions of how humans appropriate the tangible and intangible remnants of the past and mobilize them in the constitution of social relationships. She is particularly interested in the intersections of landscape and power and how materiality, whether the built environment or other forms of material culture, is deployed in the contestation of social inequalities across boundaries such as gender, race, class, ethnicity, and religion. 

Cultural heritage, museum studies, landscape archaeology and history, cultural memory, material culture studies, archaeological public programs, North American archaeology, historic archaeology, California missions.

Past Affiliations
History, Management, Anthropology
PhD, Brown University, Anthropology, 1991
MA, Brown University, Anthropology, 1987
AB, Harvard University, Anthropology, 1984

Thomas Ehrlich Service Learning, Indiana University, 2020

Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award, Society of Architectural Historians, 2019

Norman Neuerburg Prize, Historical Society of Southern California, 2019

Abbott Lowell Cummings Award, Vernacular Architecture Forum, 2018

John Brinkerhoff Jackson Book Prize, Foundation for Landscape Studies, 2017

Trustees Teaching Award, IUPUI, 2013

Distinguished Service Award, Association of Midwest Museums, 2012

Landscape History Chapter Essay Prize, Society of Architectural Historians, Landscape History Chapter, 2012

Trustees Teaching Award, IUPUI, 2003