I am multi-media educational professional and anthropologist driven to create meaningful and engaging educational experiences for individuals at all stages of the learning process.
I have extensive experience in the development and execution of alternative educational programming, research grant writing, and project management. I am also experienced in the creative development, production, and post-production of podcasts and other web-syndicated episodic content.
On the side, I am a strong advocate for inclusion and community engagement. I am a co-founder of Level Up Gaming, a Toronto-based organization that provides individuals on the autism spectrum and with other disabilities the opportunity to develop and explore their real-world social skills through goal-directed group gaming experiences.
2013 - present Ph.D, Anthropology (University of Toronto) (in progress)
2013 Master of Science, Anthropology (University of Toronto)
2011 Honours Bachelor of Science with Distinction (University of Toronto)
2015 Postgraduate training in ceramic petrology (Fitch Laboratory, British School at Athens)
2016 - present Host, Producer, & Editor (Curiosity in Focus podcast - www.curiosityinfocus.com)
2016 - present Co-founder & Lead Facilitator (Level Up Gaming - www.levelupgaming.ca)
2016 - present Head Teaching Assistant (University of Toronto)
2012 - present Studio Instructor (Royal Ontario Museum)
2015 - 2016 Education Content Development Consultant (Aga Khan Museum)
2011 - 2016 Teaching Assistant (University of Toronto)
Research-related hard skills: research, copy editing, grant writing, archaeology, and anthropology.
Education-related hard skills: interdisciplinary teaching, interactive teaching, creative lesson plan development, and extensive experience working with special needs students.
Technical hard skills: Social media (Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook analytics, and YouTube analytics), Microsoft Office Suite, multi-track audio recording and editing using Adobe Audition and Audacity, and video recording and editing using Adobe Premiere Pro.
2016 SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Michael-Smith Foreign Study Supplement recipient
2015 - 2018 SSHRC recipient: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
2015 - 2016 Ontario Graduate Scholarship recipient – Declined by recipient in favor of Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
2015 University of Toronto Research Travel Fund
2015 University of Toronto Conference Travel Fund
2011 – 2012, 2013 – 2017 University of Toronto Fellowship
2012 - 2013 SSHRC recipient: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2012 – 2013)
2011, 2014 University of Toronto Pilot Research Study Fund
RESEARCH experience - refereed contributions
2017 “Empowering Cultural Preservation in China through Participatory Digitization.” – Co-authored with Jamie M. Kwan for the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports (Volume 12, April 2017, Pages 161–164)
2017 (in review) “No Experience, No Problem: Exploring the Role of Emulative Learning in Pipe Production” – Journal article co-authored with Christopher Ball for Ethnoarchaeology: Journal of Archaeological, Ethnographic, and Experimental Studies
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE - Non-refereed contributions
2017 (accepted) "A Thin Section Petrographic Study of Early to Late Shangshan Ceramics from Zhejiang, China” - Paper Presentation for the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Vancouver, BC, Canada
2017 (accepted) "Microscopic Leftovers: Exploratory Starch Grain Analysis on Ceramic Vessels from the Shangshan Culture, China.” – Paper Presentation (Co-authored with Emma Yasui) for the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Vancouver, BC, Canada
2016 “Digital thin sections: Developing a holistic understanding of Shangshan ceramics” – Paper Presentation at the International Conference on the 10th Anniversary of the Formal Naming of Shangshan Culture and the Origins of Rice Farming in Pujiang, China
2016 “Recent Research on Early Rice Exploitation in the Lower Yangzi Valley, China” – Discussant at a symposium hosted by the Shangshan Archaeological Project in Toronto, ON, Canada
2016 “An Overview of Technological Changes in the Pottery of the Early Holocene Shangshan Culture, Zhejiang Province, China” - Paper Presentation for the 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Orlando, FL, USA
2015 “The Role of Technological Analyses in the Study of Ecology, Climate Change, and the Origins of Agriculture” – Discussant at the Comparative Historical Ecology in Ancient Northeast Asia conference at the Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology in Beijing, China.
2015 “Investigating Technological Changes in the Pottery of the Early Holocene Shangshan Culture, Zhejiang Province, China” – Research report presented at Shandong University, China.
2015 “No Experience, No Problem: Exploring the Role of Emulative Learning in Democratized Tobacco Smoking” – Paper presentation at the Canadian Archaeological Association Annual Meeting: St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
2014 "Rice, Pottery, and People at the Beginning of the Agricultural Revolution" – Research report presented at the Comparative Historical Ecology in Ancient Northeast Asia: A Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Workshop in Eugene, Oregon.
2011 "From the Field: The Tell Madaba Archaeological Project" – Research report submitted to the Royal Ontario Museum collections and research blog.
*Complete resume available upon request