Academic interests: Creation and maintenance of identities in colonial contexts, Hawaiian paniolo culture, material culture
MA thesis title: A Material Culture of Making Do: Adapting to the Great Depression in the Rabbithole Mining District
Previous degrees: MA (2008), University of Nevada, Reno; BA (1999), Boston University
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Biography: Ben is a Ph.D. candidate examining relationships among occupation, ethnicity, and group identity negotiations in colonial and post-colonial scenarios using historical archaeology at Hawaiian paniolo ranching sites. He has also worked on historic and prehistoric sites in Nevada and Idaho. His M.A. thesis, "The Materiality of Making Do", focused on the way resource scarcity changed the way people in a Great Depression-era gold mining camp perceived the material objects of their daily lives. He is a member of the Society for Historical Archaeology's Academic, Professionalism, and Training Committee. He has taught ANTH 101 (Cultural Anthropology), ANTH 201 (Peoples and Cultures of the World), and ANTH 202 (Archaeology), and has assisted with archaeological field methods courses in Nevada and Hawai`i.