I am an archaeologist and historical anthropologist focusing on labor, slavery, and the African diaspora of the Andes. I earned my Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2015. Prior to coming to the Stanford Archaeology Center as a Postdoc in the fall of 2018, I was the Mellon Institute Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Anthropology at Berea College (Kentucky, 2016-2018), and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland, 2015-2016).
My current research explores through material culture the daily lived experience of agroindustrial workers and residents, the vast majority of whom were both enslaved and of Sub-Saharan African origin, on wine and brandy producing estates owned by the Society of Jesus on the Peruvian coast in the 17th and 18th centuries. I direct the Haciendas of Nasca Archaeological Project (PAHN), centered on Nasca’s Ingenio Valley, which is the first to archaeologically study the African diaspora in what is today the Republic of Peru. By following daily praxis in both productive and domestic contexts, my research asserts that enslaved Afro-Andean laborers engaged with the oppressive structures of hacienda life, but developed strategies and found discreet and material ways of self-expression in response to hegemonic structures.
Bachelor of Arts, Western Michigan University (2005)
Master of Arts, Western Michigan University (2008)
Licenciatura, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (2010)
Doctor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University (2015)
The Haciendas of Nasca Archaeological Project (PAHN)
For More Information:
- Ghosts of the Haciendas: Memory, Architecture, and the Architecture of Memory in the Post-Hacienda Era of Southern Coastal Peru ETHNOHISTORY 2020; 67 (1): 149–73
- Supplies, Status, and Slavery: Contested Aesthetics of Provisioning at the Jesuit Haciendas of Nasca INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY 2019; 23 (4): 1011–38
- Rethinking the political economy of slavery: the hacienda aesthetic at the Jesuit vineyards of Nasca, Peru POST-MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY 2018; 52 (1): 117–33
- Perspectivas para el desarrollo de una arqueología de la diáspora africana en el Perú: Resultados preliminares del Proyecto Arqueológico Haciendas de Nasca ALLPANCHIS 2016; 80: 85-120
- Para beneficiar la plata: Mano de obra, papel, y posición social en una refinería de plata durante el primer siglo del imperialismo español en el pueblo de Porco BOLETÍN DE ARQUEOLOGÍA PUCP 2016; 21: 99-121
- El inventario de la botica de los Jesuitas del Colegio del Cuzco, 1767/8 REVISTA ANDINA 2015; 52: 213-247
- Contours of Labor and History: A Diachronic Perspective on Andean Mineral Production and the Making of Landscapes in Porco, Bolivia HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY 2012; 46 (3): 79–101