Phyllis is an anthropological archaeologist and lithics analyst who uses archaeometric and computational methods to better capture the fine-grained bottom-up perspectives of prehistoric daily life. Before joining the Anthropology program at Vanderbilt in 2016, she graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee with an M.A. in Anthropology and worked as a Project Manager for a Cultural Resource Management firm for 5 years. Phyllis has archaeological field and lab experience in the Midwest and Southeastern US, along with Mesoamerica. Phyllis' current doctoral research uses machine-learning techniques to analyze microdebitage recovered from commoner contexts to better understand the social, economic, and political relationships within and between commoner households at the Late Classic Maya site of Tamarindito in Guatemala.
Mellon Digital Humanities Graduate Fellowship, 2018-19 Professional Development Award, Department of Anthropology, 2018 Humanities, Arts, Sciences and Technology Alliance Collaboratory Fellowship (HASTAC), 2017-18 Digital Humanities Summer Institute Award, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017 Rust Family Foundation Archaeological Research Grant, 2017 Summer Research Award, Department of Anthropology, 2017 CAA International Digital Archaeologies Conference Travel Grant, 2017