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Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Louisville

I am an archaeologist whose work falls broadly in the area of human prehistory- the time from the first appearance of our lineage in Africa around 2.0 million years ago to c. 10,000 years ago. Geographically, my research focuses on East Africa (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Kenya), a region that holds a central place in human evolutionary research. Thematically, my research interests lie in hominin (early human) dispersal history out of Africa, the role of coastal habitats in early human survival and dispersal, and stone tool technology, which is the oldest cultural invention by our ancestors from which modern technological creativity evolved. More information about my research and publication record can be found at this link:


  • 2009 
    Stony Brook University, PhD&MA/Anthropological Sciences
  • 2001 
    University of Asmara, Eritrea, BA/Archaeology