Cherkea Howery earned an M.A. in Museum Studies at New York University and an M.A. in Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Bristol prior to starting her PhD at Stanford University. Her previous research focused on exposing the inconsistencies in ethical practices and acquisition policies at museums. She has participated on archaeological projects worldwide and has worked at the Agora Museum in Athens, Greece and at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Currently, her research focuses on the disparity of conditions present in countries whose economy is primarily dependent on tourism. The professionalization of the heritage industry has made it into a popular multi-billion dollar activity. While heritage has been deemed a human right, an awareness of the inherent privilege of preservation has been cast aside. The inequality and marginalization of communities that host heritage sites need to be recognized in a more nuanced way. Cherkea's dissertation explores the archaeological industry in Greece and investigates the relationship between heritage sites and local communities. Functioning in a depressed economy, the future of museums and sites depends on the implementation of sustainable programs and a re-organization of the current system.