Contributor Bios

Jamie M. Arjona is an anthropology PhD candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on the affective dimensions of race/racialization that imbricate queer experiences in the 19th century United States. Publications and research:

Sarah E. Baires is an Assistant Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University.  She began her archaeological aspirations in Tennessee, obtaining her PhD from the University of Illinois and finally landing on the East Coast.  Her research focuses on the intersection of religion and politics at Cahokia while re-imagining the ways archaeologists and anthropologists engage with the Indigenous North American past as populated by persons, not just materials.

Melissa R. Baltus is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo. Her research explores political-religious transformations as revitalization and social resilience during the later years of Cahokia.

Meghan E. Buchanan is an Assistant Professor at Auburn University. Her research on Mississippian societies of the Midwest and Southeast has focused on the consequences of warfare associated with the rise and fall of these complex polities. In particular, she is interested in exploring how warfare impacted the daily practices of Mississippian peoples as they had to contend with long term threats of violence, food uncertainty, and restricted access to resources.

Elizabeth Watts Malouchos is the Associate Research Scientist at the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology and PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University. Her research focuses on the relationships between communal identity formation and the built environment, specifically the intersections between everyday practices, household and community architecture, and socio-religious integration in the Mississippian Midwest and Southeast. Publications and research:


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