Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars in the Center for Comparative Archaeology are actively engaged in comparative archaeological research on long-term social change, pursuing projects they have designed and proposed themselves. They are postdoctoral scholars but are not necessarily recent Ph.D.'s. In addition to the comparative research they are pursuing, Visiting Scholars, in collaboration with permanent faculty members, lead an ongoing seminar on some topic or approach in comparative archaeological research.


Claire Ebert (PhD The Pennsylvania State University, 2017) is the visiting scholar during the 2017-2018 academic year. She is an anthropological archaeologist interested in the role of human-environment interactions in the emergence of cultural complexity. Her research integrates approaches from environmental archaeology, human ecology, and economic anthropology with radiocarbon dating, stable isotope geochemistry, and geochemical sourcing methods to understand local and regional trajectories of socio-economic development and the consequences of social inequality in the past. At the Center for Comparative Archaeology, Ebert's work focuses on two projects, in Belize and Croatia, aimed at understanding the mechanisms driving growth of complexity among early agricultural communities. Her research in Belize examines the relationship between diet, climate change, and resilience among the ancient Maya through time. She is also investigating the role of seasonal transhumance of livestock as a key economic development for Neolithic farming communities living on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia.

Applications for the position during the 2018–2019 academic year will be welcome in February, 2018. More Information >