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Chelsea Blackmore, University of California, Santa Cruz
Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As a Mesoamerican archaeologist, Dr. Blackmore examines the role of social identity in the construction and conceptualization of ancient states. Using queer and feminist theories, her work questions models of complexity that minimize the role of everyday people and practices. She has directed field research at sites in California, Mexico and Belize and is developing a new project focused on the role of illicit and illegal settlements in the formation of colonial-period (AD 1544-1840) Belize. She is currently finishing a book manuscript entitled Queering Complexity: Reimagining Class, Politics, and Identity in Ancient Maya Society.
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Nathan Klembara, Binghamton University
Nathan is currently a student at Binghamton University. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Mercyhurst University and his Master’s Degree from Binghamton University (SUNY). Since beginning his graduate work at Binghamton in 2015, he has focused on identifying loci for queer analyses in the Upper Paleolithic, with a particular attention on the Paleolithic burial record. His current fieldwork is concentrated at the open air Magdalenian site Peyre Blanque, under the direction of Drs. Margaret Conkey, Kathleen Sterling, and Sebastien Lacombe. He has also worked at sites in Spain (Atapuerca), South Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New Mexico. In addition to queer theory, his research interests include the sociopolitics of archaeology, landscape archaeology, death and dying, identity construction, and personhood.
Gabriela Oré Menéndez, Vanderbilt University
Gabriela is a graduate student at Vanderbilt University. She got her Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology and her Master’s Degree in Andean Studies from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). Currently, she works on the development of technological methodologies applied to archaeological research, in particular satellite remote sensing, image analysis, and geospatial technologies. Her work focuses on the Early Colonial period in the Peruvian central highlands in the region of Huarochiri. She is the director of the Proyecto Arqueológico Reducciones Toledanas Yauyos (PARTY) as part of her dissertation research. She loves technology and has a very impractical collection of Starbucks Mugs from all over the world.