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Maya Krause

Graduate Student

Maya entered the Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt in the fall of 2017. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Maya completed an undergraduate honors thesis that examined lithic reduction sequences to produce a model of raw material acquisition and distribution that could further understandings of prehistoric economic activity and interaction in the North American southeast. Also during her undergraduate career, Maya attended the Huari-Ancash Bioarchaeological Field School in Huari, Peru, which motivated her to pursue research in the Andean highlands. In her graduate research, Maya aims to continue work in Peru exploring how different groups react to and cope violence. Furthermore, she hopes to further understand how trauma and specific kinds of culturally mediated violence can inform questions about changing sociopolitical organization. In particular, she aims to understand violence in terms of temporality. What sociopolitical factors lead to the outbreak of violence and then, to the eventual dissolution of violence within a region? Maya’s research interests explore multiple sources of information, which include skeletal infection and chronic stress, diet, bone/tooth isotopic chemistry, and evidence of violent conflict.