Successful Graduates

Many students take courses in archaeology simply because of an interest in the subject, but some do so in preparation for careers in teaching, museum curatorship, or field archaeology. For example:

  • Jim Torpy (’15) is a Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan. He has participated in archaeological field research in Cyprus, Kosovo, and the US. His dissertation will examine the political and religious landscape of Cyprus in the Iron Age.
  • Catherine Gullett '12 has been working for the Cultural Resources department of EMH&T, a civil engineering form in Columbus, Ohio since graduation. She is on the board of the Clintonville Historical Society, through which she does community outreach regarding the history and archaeology of her neighborhood.
  • Chelsea Fisher '11 received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship that supported her first three years in the PhD program in Anthropology at the University of Michigan. She conducted excavations in the Yucatan region of Mexico for her doctoral dissertation research, and received her Ph.D. in 2019.
  • Jacob Dinkelaker '11 works as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service on the Natchez Trace Parkway, in charge of site operations at Mount Locust Plantation, just outside Natchez, MS. He completed a MA in historical preservation at George Mason University.
  • Emma Schmitt '10 received a MA in conservation from the University of Glasgow. Emma is the current Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in textile conservation at the Denver Art Museum.
  • David Walton '09 completed his PhD in Archaeology at Boston University and is now on the faculty of Lake-Sumter State College in Florida.
  • Alicia Dissinger '08 completed her PhD in Art History at the University of Virginia and now works as the Programs Administrator at the Princeton office of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.
  • Andrew Womack (’07) completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology at Yale University in 2017 with a focus on the archaeology of prehistoric China. He was an adjunct professor in Anthropology and East Asian Studies at McGill University (Canada) in 2018-2019, and has a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University in 2019-2020.
  • Catherine Kate (McMahon) Leese '06 has served as the Project Manager for the Veterans Curation Program with the St. Louis District Corps of Engineers since 2010.
  • David Massey '04 did GIS (Geographic Information Systems) analysis for his junior and senior I.S., worked for a consulting firm as a GIS specialist, and now is completing a PhD in Geography at Indiana University.
  • Michael DiPaolo '99 did his junior I.S. at the Lewes Historical Society in Delaware, joined the society after graduation, and rose to the position of executive director.
  • Jen (Lavris) Makovics '94 worked as an archaeologist for the National Park Service at Canyon de Chelly National Monument (AZ) then became Assistant Regional Archaeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Pacific Region (California) in 2011.

Faculty recommend that students with a professional interest in archaeology secure a broad background in the liberal arts and anticipate the need for specialized training at the graduate level.