Lab members


  • Dr. Sissel Schroeder Director and Professor

    Sissel's research focuses on architectural variation, sociopolitical complexity, historical ecology, and the history of archaeology, through fieldwork and collections-based work in western Kentucky, the Cahokia area, and southern Wisconsin. Currently she is developing a novel 3D approach to the investigation of fabric impressions in ceramics.

  • Jake Pfaffenroth Ph.D. Candidate

    Jake studies migration, cultural interaction, and community formation in the Late Precontact Midwestern U.S. He is currently researching domestic household and palisade wall architecture at Aztalan, Wisconsin.

  • Sarah Tate Ph.D. student

    Sarah studies indigenous cosmopolitanism as practiced by Native Americans at off-reservation sites in the Western Great Lakes. She is currently focusing on McCord Indian Village in northern Wisconsin and the strategies used by residents to interact with neighboring Euro-American communities.

  • Dr. Heather Walder Alumna

    Heather studies intercultural interaction and colonialism in the Great Lakes region. Heather completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology in 2015.

  • Dr. Samuel Munoz Alumnus (Geography)

    Sam studies how people shape and respond to environmental change, drawing from paleoclimatology, geomorphology, and geoarchaeology. Sam completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Geography in 2015. She currently is a visiting assistant professor at Michigan State University.

  • Dr. Amy Rosebrough Alumna

    Amy is the leading expert on the Effigy Mound builders of Wisconsin. Amy completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology in 2010. She is currently the Assistant State Archaeologist of Wisconsin.

  • Dr. Gwendolyn Kelly Alumna

    Gwen completed her Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Mark Kenoyer in 2013. She investigates ceramic and bead craft technologies and socioeconomic organization in south India during the Iron Age and early historic periods. Currently, she is an assistant professor at Ashoka University outside New Delhi, India.

  • Dr. Bernadette Cap Alumna

    Bernadette's research is focused on economic organization of the Classic Maya. Her approach is multifaceted and includes application of LiDAR and satellite imagery, microartifact analysis, soil chemical testing, and the use of GIS for spatial statistical analysis. Bernadette completed her Ph.D. in 2015 and currently has a postdoctoral position at the University of Texas-San Antonio.