Director Candidate Statements, Academic Units
Stefani A. Crabtree (PhD; Assistant Professor of Socio-Environmental Modeling, Department of Environment and Society, Utah State University; ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems Fellow at The Santa Fe Institute). She holds three additional external affiliations: Research Associate at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Fellow at the Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires Paris, and Research Associate at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage. Her research applies complex systems science modeling methodologies (such as agent-based modeling and network science) to problems in archaeology and ecology. Current research topics include the human place in ecosystems worldwide, the ability to use the archaeological past to calibrate our understanding of human resilience, and the feedbacks between ecosystem health and human health. Dr. Crabtree holds two PhDs, one from Washington State University (Anthropology, 2016) and one from the Université de Franche-Comté (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme et l’Environnement, 2017).
Interdisciplinary research is critical for solving the world's problems, and archaeology especially as a field can teach us much about the long-term trajectory of the ways that humans impact the planet. However, to be able to leverage this rich dataset, we need people to work together, to work across disciplines, and to work to bring disparate and often poorly curated datasets together to approach these problems. The mission of the Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis, to bring together scientists working on cross-cutting problems who aim to bring data together to address them, approaches these challenges with alacrity. We need more scientists working together, more data readily accessible, and more archaeological approaches to be used outside of just archaeology. I believe CfAS is poised to help with these challenges, and would be interested to help guide CfAS to address them.
Enrico Crema. (PhD in Archaeology 2013 UCL Institute of Archaeology; Senior Lecturer [Associate Professor] in Computational Analysis of Long-Term Human Cultural and Biological Dynamics, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge). Before my current position, I worked as a research associate at UCL, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. I have recently been awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Archaeology, and I am currently a PI of an European Research Council-funded project that investigates demic and diffusion events in prehistoric Japan during the 1st millennium BC. My research is primarily focused on the application and development of computational and quantitative methods with a strong commitment to open science and reproducible research. I am interested in being actively engaged with CfAS, particularly from the standpoint of the unique methodological challenges required for pursuing synthetic research, especially those pertaining to the collation and the re-use of legacy datasets.
Barbara J. Mills, (PhD 1989 University of New Mexico; RPA; Regents Professor of Anthropology, University of Arizona; Curator of Archaeology in the Arizona State Museum; member, American Indian Studies Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. I am a strong proponent of archaeological synthesis and the CfAS’s emphasis on making archaeological research relevant to society. Geographically, my research is in the U.S. Southwest, where I have directed a number of team-based collaborative projects aimed at macroregional data collection, analysis, and preservation including the Southwest Social Networks Project, the Chaco Social Networks Project, and cyberSW. Topically, I am interested in how social networks promote/impede successful migrations, and especially how climate change, inequality, and migration intersect to create/dismantle social institutions. Future climate change will affect millions of people who practice subsistence farming, fishing, and foraging around the world and archaeology’s ‘deep time’ perspective can be marshalled to demonstrate the importance of social networks in counteracting such change. As a board member of the CfAS I would work across partner organizations to ensure that the coalition continues to be a strong proponent of synthesis to affect contemporary and future social well-being.
Mathew Peeples (Associate Professor, Arizona State University) I am an archaeologist working primarily in the U.S. Southwest. Most of my research has been team-based and focused on regional-scale synthesis. This has involved efforts to compile, reuse, and increase the accessibility of legacy data to address questions centered on the long-term evolution of social networks (Southwest Social Networks and CyberSW projects). I strongly believe that archaeology has the potential to make major contributions to ongoing debates in the broader social and behavioral sciences and that data synthesis and comparative research are important paths toward connecting with interdisciplinary conversations on issues that impact people’s lives today. I am excited about the possibility of working with CfAS to develop strategies to materially support new projects and teams and to help develop approaches towards an archaeology that is widely seen as relevant and useful beyond disciplinary boundaries and to society at large.
Alessandro Sebastiani (PhD; Assistant Professor in Roman Archaeology and Board Member, Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology, University at Buffalo [SUNY]). I am the Before joining Buffalo, I was a Visiting Professor in Archaeology at Charles University in Prague, and between 2012 and 2014 I was awarded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Intra European Fellowship at the University of Sheffield.
I am interested in joining the Board of Directors of CfAS as I strongly believe that our discipline plays a crucial role in the preservation and transmission of cultural heritage. As we are educating the next generation of archaeologists and anthropologists, our task is to deliver new crucial directions in addressing the knowledge that archaeological data can provide to society. The projects I direct have a strong component of placemaking, where communities are the direct targets of our research; in order to transmit the historical authenticity of our common past, I am engaged with developing digital techniques and tools to make the cultural heritage available to everyone. I am determined to bring and develop this approach by joining the CfAS, and ready to commit my time and research to the purposes of the Coalition.