Stefanie intends to pursue a doctorate in Anthropology with a focus on Andean archaeology. Her research interests concern the Middle Horizon (600 - 1000 C.E.) and Early Intermediate Period (100 B.C.E – 650 C.E.) in Peru. Prior research focused on the Middle Horizon, specifically the Wari Empire, and how residential villages were impacted living on the periphery of this empire. More importantly, whether these pre-exiting polities were resisting imperial control. Recently, Stefanie is interested in investigating the Paracas-Nasca transition in the Arequipa region. The goal is to attain a better understanding of the Early Intermediate Period in the southern coast of Peru through survey and excavation in the Camana valley.
Proud to be a Bay Area native, Stefanie graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2006 with a B.A. in Anthropology with honors and a minor in Latin American studies. Over the past four years she has contributed to several archaeological excavations throughout Peru; which include the Cotahuasi Valley, Chivay, Nasca and Chavin de Huantar.