The Archaeology Center from time to time appoints post-doctoral researchers to work in specific areas of archaeological research. These last from 1 to 3 years and the post-docs are provided space in the Archaeology Center. The positions are advertised when available.
I am an archaeologist and paleoethnobotanist with interests in prehistoric and historic food production systems, historical ecology, and social change. My research methods focus on phytolith and plant macroremain analysis, especially concerning the application of phytoliths to interpretation of the archaeological record. I completed my PhD in Anthropology at the University of Oregon in 2015. In my dissertation, entitled “Food Production, Environment, and Culture in the Tropical Pacific: Evidence for Prehistoric and Historic Plant Cultivation in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia,” I use archaeological landscape survey, along with ancient and modern botanical data, to examine managed agroforests in the Pacific. At the Stanford Archaeology Center, I will be switching my geographical focus to China, while continuing to use phytolith analysis to study ancient plant cultivation systems.
I am an archaeologist with an academic background in Sweden, with experience from both contract archaeology and international research projects. I will join the Center as a postdoc in January 2017. Starting from a deep involvement with the archaeological project as such, my main interest lies with the political economy of the past, how archaeology functions through capital and as capital in transnational heritage regimes. In my dissertation I used participant observation in the European Commission, interviews, and analysis of archaeological project output to investigate if and how EU grant systems in culture have fostered specific approaches to Europeanness. My postdoc project is broader in scope. Set against the backdrop of global concerns – war, migration, fundamentalism and the effects of neoliberalism – it asks questions about the consequences of EU's continued efforts to carve something uniquely European out of what is already a ‘universal’ Western appraisal of the past. Key focus is on the ambivalent relationship between EU and UNESCO heritage initiatives, particularly as manifested in the new and thought provoking European Heritage Label.