Research Interests

  • Syro-Palestinian Archaeology
  • Histories of religious traditions
  • history and cartography of ancient Near Eastern archaeology


  • PhD, with distinction, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2000
  • A.M. in History, Brown University, Providence, RI, 1991
  • A.B. magna cum laude with Honors in History, Brown University, Providence, RI, 1989

Awards, Honors, and Affiliations

  • College of Letters and Science Award for Meritorius Research and Creativity, MSU, 2013
  • Charles and Nora L. Wiley Faculty Award for Meritorius Research, MSU, 2012
  • Short Term Professional Development Grant, Office of the Provost, MSU, 2008.
  • Research Enhancement Award, College of Letters and Science, MSU 2008.
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, MSU, 2008.
  • Cox family Fund Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching, 2007
  • Scholarship and Creativity Award, Office of the Vice President for Research, MSU, 2006.
  • Harris Grant/Torch Fund Award, American Schools of Oriental Research, 2003, 2006.
  • Research Enhancement Award, College of Letters and Science, MSU 2005
  • Publications Grant. Archaeological Institute of America, 2005..
  • Associate Fellow, W. F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research, 2002-present.

Archaeological Research and Fieldwork

  • Tel Zahara Excavations, Israel Director, 2006 – 2009.
  • Gesher Excavations, Israel. Director, 2002 – 2004.


  • Member, Governing Board of Trustees, W.F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, 2006 – present.
  • American Schools of Oriental Research, 1993 – present.
  • Archaeological Institute of America, 2005 – present.

Selected Publications

  • Peripheral concerns: urban development in the Bronze Age southern Levant. New Directions in Anthropological Archaeology, series ed. T. Levy. Sheffield: Equinox (2016) Nominated for the 2016 G. Ernest Wright Award of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

  • Interpretative uses and abuses of the Beni Hasan tomb painting. Journal of Near Eastern Studies 74: 19-38. (2015)
  • 2015 Periphery and core: the relationship between the southern Levant and Egypt in the early Middle Bronze Age. Pp. 245-264 in ThereandBackAgain—the Crossroads II:ProceedingsofanInternationalConferenceHeld inPrague,September15–18,2014, edited by J. Mynářová, P. Onderka, and P. Pavúk. Prague: Charles University.

  • Mapping the Z-axis: early archaeological engagement with time and space in the ancient Near East. Bulletin of Historical Archaeology 24:1-13. (2014)
  • The Southern Levant (Cisjordan) During the Middle Bronze Age. Pp. 445-458 in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant. Eds. A. Killebrew and M. Steiner. Oxford: Oxford University. (2014)
  • Excavations at Tel Zahara (2006-2009): Final Report, The Hellenistic and Roman Strata, ed. S. Cohen. BAR: British Archaeological Reports International Series. (2013)

  • Three MB II Burials from Tel Zahara. (With W. Wi?ckowski, Institute of Archaeology,
  • University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland). In Material Culture Matters: Essays on the Archaeology of the Southern Levant in Honor of Seymour Gitin. Eds. J. Spencer, A. Brody, and B. Mullins. Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research. (2014)
  • Weaponry and Warrior Burials: patterns of disposal and social change in the southern Levant. Pp. 307-319 in The 7th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, 12-16 April 2010, R. Matthews and J. Curtis, ed. London: The British Museum and University College London. (2012)
  • Terracotta Figurines from the 604 B.C.E. Destruction at Ashkelon. In Ashkelon Volume III, Harvard Semitic Museum Publications. Eds. L.E. Stager and D. Master. (2011)
  • Cores, Peripheries and Ports of Power: Theories of Canaanite Development in the early Second Millennium B.C.E.  Pp. 69-75 in Exploring the Longue Durée: Essays in Honor of Lawrence E. Stager, ed. D. Schloen. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns. (2009)
  • Continuities and Discontinuities: A –Re-Examination of the Intermediate Bronze Age – Middle Bronze Age Transition in Palestine. The Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 354: 1-13. (2009)
  • The Excavations at the MB IIA Cemetery at Gesher: Final Report. (With Y. Garfinkel, Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem). Boston: Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research 62. (2007)
  • Canaanites, Chronology, and Connections: The Relationship of Middle Bronze Age IIA Canaan to Middle Kingdom Egypt. Harvard Semitic Museum Publications, Studies in the History and Archaeology of the Levant, vol. 3, Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns. (2002)