I completed my B.A. in Archaeology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, and my M.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Between degrees I worked for the Canadian government agency, Parks Canada, as an archaeologist with the National Parks and Native Sites program. I also spent a year in Asia teaching English in China (Beijing and Shenzhen) and Vietnam. My research interests include the intersections of long distance trade with the growth of religious institutions and economic development across the Mediterranean world in the Iron Age. I have participated on various archaeological projects in Canada, Bermuda, Greece, Italy and Macedonia, and I currently work as a pottery analyst on the Burgaz Harbors Project in Turkey and the Zita Project in southern Tunisia. I am a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar for 2012-2015.