The host of Archaeology Mentor is Jo Ellen Burkholder.  She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Binghamton University in New York and also studied at the University of California – Santa Barbara and at Wellesley College.  She is a registered professional archaeologist (RPA) and currently serves as Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Coordinator for Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  Her research interests include gender, identity, and iconography of the Southern Andes as well as work supporting equity and inclusion in archaeology, academia, and our society as a whole.

While it is not relevant to this blog space, you might be interested to know that your host is a yogini and long distance runner (currently recovering from orthopedic hamstring repair), a handler of lure-coursing and straight-line racing whippets, a writer and storyteller, an incredibly proud parent of an amazing teenager (don’t tell him I said that unless you want to make him blush), and a newly initiated aerialist (don’t tell my folks; I really did grow up and join a circus).