My interests are in the area of prehistoric social and political organization, particularly on the Gulf Coastal Plain of Georgia and Alabama. I was P.I. of project sponsored by the National Science Foundation that was designed to understand how and why "proto-Chiefdoms" developed. I used the Kolomoki site in South Georgia as the focus of this study. Anthropology majors, Andy Robbins, Tracy Brown, and Jonathan Bentley, worked with me on a survey of the area surrounding Kolomoki. I have presented several papers on this project at professional meetings and included aspects of the work in two publications.
I teach a range of courses including Introduction to Anthropology, Cultural Ecology, World Prehistory, Introduction to Archaeology, Seminar on Warfare, The History of Anthropological Thought, The Archaeology of Political Organization, The Archaeology of Georgia, Case Studies in Archaeology and Senior Seminar.
My publications include In Defense Of The Frontier: Considerations of Apalache Warfare During The Period 1539-1540 (with Russell Ritson, Florida Anthropologist 1996), Woodland Period Archaeology of the Georgia Coastal Plain (Laboratory of Archaeology, University of Georgia 1995), Ambushes, Raids and Palisades: Mississippian Warfare In The Interior Southeast (Southeastern Archaeology 1992), The Sonny Lee Site: Shifting Sands and Archaeological Site Interpretation on the Gulf Coastal Plain (With Thomas Crawford, Early Georgia, 1990), The Balfour Mound and Weeden Island Culture in South Georgia (Early Georgia, 1989), Cultural Occupation of the Georgia Coastal Marsh (Southeastern Archaeology, 1984), and Other Classes of Non-Ceramic Artifacts. (Chapter 6 in Ft. Center: An Archaeological Site in the Lake Okeechobee Basin, 1982). I have a paper coming out in a book on the Middle Woodland Period edited by Doug Charles and Jane Buikstra about changing political structure at Kolomoki in the near future.