I am an anthropological archaeologist whose geographic and temporal focus is the late prehistoric U.S. Southwest. My academic training and subsequent research have centered on material culture. In the anthropology concentration for my master’s program in museology, my two courses of study were: 1) material culture and technology, and 2) anthropology of art. For my doctoral dissertation in anthropology, I analyzed how ceramic designs reflected patterns of regional interaction among the prehistoric Hohokam of south-central Arizona. In recent publications, I have compared how leaders among the Hohokam and Chacoans of northwest New Mexico displayed their power in different art forms and how the jewelry worn by groups throughout the prehistoric Southwest broadcast messages about personal identity and religious symbolism.