I am interested in pursuing an archaeology of the entanglements of capitalism and colonialism. I hope to attempt this through an exploration of the disparate strategies employed by Native people to engage and navigate the colonial structures of the emerging capitalist world. I have begun to investigate some of these issues in my M.A. research through an archaeological study of an 18th and 19th century Nipmuc household located in central Massachusetts. At Stanford, I hope to further explore the global character of these issues by shifting the regional focus of my research. I was born in Guatemala but grew up in Chicago. I received my B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and my M.A. in Historical Archaeology from UMass-Boston.