Latest about COVID-19 and W&M's Path Forward.

Info for... William & Mary
William & Mary W&M menu close William & Mary

Recent PhDs & Job Placements


Antczak, Konrad A.
Degree conferred, May 2017: PhD
Dissertation title:: "Entangled by Salt: Historical Archaeology of Seafarers and Things in the Venezuelan Caribbean, 1624-1880"

Ashley Atkins

Atkins Spivey, Ashley
Degree conferred, May 2017: PhD
Dissertation title: "Knowing the River, Working the Land, and Digging for Clay: Pamunkey Indian Subsistence Practices and the Market Economy 1800-1900"

Barrett, Autumn
Degree conferred, January 2014: PhD
Dissertation title: “Honoring the Ancestors: Historical Reclamation and Self-Determined Identities in Richmond and Rio de Janeiro”


Bassett, Hayden
Degree conferred, May 2017: PhD
Dissertation title: "The Archaeology of Enslavement in Plantation Jamaica: A Study of Community Dynamics among the Enslaved People of Good Hope Estate,1775-1838"

Andy Beaupre

Beaupre, Andrew
Degree conferred, May 2017: PhD
Dissertation title: "Creating the Border: Defining, Enforcing and Reasserting Physical and Ethnic Borderzone Spaces during the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries in the Lake Champlain Richelieu River Valley"

Jason Buroughs

Boroughs, Jason
Degree conferred, May 2013: PhD
Dissertation title: "Gathering Places, Cultivating Spaces: An Archaeology of a Chesapeake Neighborhood Through Enslavement and Emancipation, 1775 - 1905"
Current position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Archaeology, Salisbury University

Jenna Carlson

Carlson Dietmeier, Jenna
Degree conferred, May 2017: PhD
Dissertation title: "Beyond the Butcher's Block: The Animal Landscapes of Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry Plantations"

Carl CarlsonDrexler

Carlson-Drexler, Carl
Degree conferred, May 2013: PhD
Dissertation title: “Dooley’s Ferry: The Archaeology of Civilian Community in Wartime”
Current position: Station Assistant with the Arkansas Archeological Survey


Chapman, Ellen
Degree awarded, May 2018: PhD
Dissertation title:: "Buried Beneath the River City: Investigating an Archaeological Landscape and its Community Value in Richmond, Virginia"

Sarah Chesney

Chesney, Sarah Jane
Degree conferred, May 2014: PhD
Dissertation title: “The Fruits of Their Labors: Exploring William Hamilton’s Greenhouse Complex and the Rise of American Botany in Early Federal Philadelphia”

Eaton, Melissa
Degree conferred, May 2014: PhD
Dissertation: "Grandfathers at War: Practical Politics at Delaware Town"
Current position: Anthropology Instructor, Metropolitan Community College-Longview, Lee's Summit, Missouri.

Stephanie Hasselbacher

Hasselbacher Berryhill, Stephanie
Year entered:: 2008
Degree sought:: PhD
Research interests:: linguistic anthropology, language documentation and revitalization, language and literacy socialization
Regional specialization:: North American Southeast

Jessica Herlich

Herlich, Jessica
Degree conferred, January 2017: 2009
Dissertation: Algonquian Taskscapes and Changing Landscapes: Archaeobotanical Findings from Tidewater Virginia

Patrick Johnson

Johnson, Patrick
Degree awarded May 2018: PhD.
Dissertation title:: "Vengeance with Mercy: Changing Traditions and Traditional Practices of Colonial Yamasees"

Mark Kostro

Kostro, Mark
Degree awarded, May 2018: PhD
Dissertation title: "On the Margins of Empire: An archaeological and historical study of Guana Island, British Virgin Islands"

Lightfoot, Dessa
Degree awarded, May 2018: PhD
Dissertation title:: "God Sends Meat and the Devil Sends Cooks': Meat Usage and Cuisine in Eighteenth-Century English colonial America"

Mahoney, Shannon
Degree conferred, May 2013: PhD
Dissertation: “Community Building after Emancipation: An Anthropological Study of Charles’ Corner, Virginia, 1862-1922”
Current position: Archaeologist, ASM affiliates

Alix Martin

Martin, Alexandra
Degree awarded, May 2018: PhD
Dissertation title: "Mapping Ceremonial Stone Landscapes in the Narragansett Homelands: 'Teâno wonck nippée am, I will be here by and by again' "

Derek Miller

Miller, Derek
Degree conferred, May 2013: PhD
Dissertation: “A Medley of Contradictions”: The Jewish Diaspora in St. Eustatius and Barbados”
Current position: Lecturer, John Tyler Community College, Chester VA; Part-time faculty, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar VA

Mallory Moran

Moran, Mallory
Year entered: 2013
Degree sought: PhD
Research interests: Native Americans of Northeastern North America; Colonialism and the History of Science; Cultural Landscapes and Spatial Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Technology and Anthropology

Mueller-Heubach , Oliver
Degree conferred, May 2013: PhD
Dissertation: "From Kaolin to Claymount: Landscapes of the 19th-Century James River Stoneware Industry"

Ogborne, Jenn
Degree conferred, May 2013: PhD.
Dissertation: “ 'Setting the best table in the country': Food and Labor at Coloma Gold Mining Town”
Currrent position: Archaeology Laboratory Supervisor, Department of Archaeology and Landscapes at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.

Phaup, Nancy
Degree conferred, May 2015: 2002
Dissertation: Discovering Childhood: Anglo and African American Children at Flowerdew Hundred Plantation

Salamanca-Heyman, Maria
Degree conferred, May 2009: PhD
Dissertation: "Urban Archaeology of Early Spanish Caribbean Ports of Call"

Sayers, Daniel
Degree conferred, May 2008: PhD
Dissertation: "Diasporic World of the Great Dismal Swamp"
Current position: Assistant Professor, Dept of Anthropology, the American University, Washington DC

Shephard, Chris
Degree conferred, January 2017: PhD
Dissertation: The Materiality of Authority: Ornamental Objects and Negotiations of Sovereignty in the Algonquian Middle Atlantic (A.D. 900 - 1680)

Katie Sikes

Sikes, Kathryn
Degree conferred, May 2013: PhD
Dissertation: “Peripheral Vision: Mimesis and Materiality along the James River, Virginia, 1619-1660”
Current position: Assistant Professor of Historical Archaeology Public History Program Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesburo, TN
Current profile:

Turner, Grace
Degree conferred, May 2013: PhD
Dissertation: “An Allegory for Life: An 18th century African-influenced cemetery landscape, Nassau, Bahamas”
Current position: Supervisor, Research Unit of the Antiquities, Monuments, and Museums Corporation (AMMC), Nassau, Bahamas. The AMMC has responsibility for the preservation, presentation, and management of the archaeological resources, along with the cultural and architectural heritage of The Bahamas. The Research Unit is expected to research and publish articles and books on the history, heritage, and culture of The Bahamas.

Megan Victor

Victor, Megan
Degree awarded, May 2018: PhD
Dissertation title: "On the Table and Under It: Social Negotiation & Drinking Spaces in Frontier Resource Extraction Communities"


Winsett, Shea
Degree conferred, May 2019: PhD
Dissertation title: "It's Not Meant for Us: Exploring the Intersection of Gentrification, Public Education, and Black Identity in Washington, D.C.
Current position: I am working in HR/organizational development for the World Food Program, USA, a non-profit that supports the efforts of the UN WFP. I also teach part-time occasionally with recent position at Savannah College of Art and Design.

Woodard, Buck
Degree conferred, May 2013: PhD
Dissertation: "The Nottoway of Virginia: A Study of Peoplehood and Political Economy, c.1775-1875"
Current position: Manager of American Indian program development, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA