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.


Jess Beck (PhD University of Michigan, 2016) is the visiting scholar during the 2016-2017 academic year. She is an anthropological archaeologist and bioarchaeologist who studies human skeletal remains from archaeological sties in order to learn about social inequality in prehistory. Beck uses techniques like stable isotope analysis, radiocarbon dating, and mortuary archaeology to investigate relationships between health, diet, mobility, and social inequality in the past. She examines early complex societies in Late Prehistoric Europe, particularly the Copper Age and Early Bronze Age in Spain and Romania. Her work at the Center for Comparative Archaeology focuses on identifying quantitative signatures of different mortuary treatments, and analyzing the rise of large-scale villages in Copper Age Iberia through a bioarchaeological lens.

Applications for the position during the 2017–2018 academic year will be welcome in February, 2017. More Information >