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I am a writer and historian in Austin, TX,  interested in the history of paleoanthropology, archaeology, museums, collections, and material culture.  My fieldwork, archival research, and writing projects have ranged from South Africa, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, and Iran, as well as the American Southwest.

I am currently working on two book projects.  The first, Famous Fossils, Hidden Histories, traces one hundred years of fossil hominin discoveries – sketching the stories of the fossils as they move from scientific circles to iconic cultural objects.  The second, Bookshelf, is part of the Object Lesson series from Bloomsbury Press.

I am a contributing editor for The Appendix and I review history, anthropology, and other literary nonfiction through NewPages and The New York Journal of Books