Katie is a PhD candidate in Anthropological Archaeology specializing in the zooarchaeology and bioarchaeology of early medieval England (c. 450-1100 AD). Her current dissertation research explores the variability of “pagan” interspecies cremation burials across the English landscape between the fifth to seventh centuries A.D. This project has been funded by the NYU Global Research Institute and through the NYU GSAS Lane Cooper Fellowship. Since arriving at NYU in 2009, Katie focused on developing her skills as a comparative mammalian osteologist. This has included intensive training in comparative bone histology at the Forensic Anthropology Lab, NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner under the supervision of Dr. Christian Crowder (currently Forensic Anthropologist, US Armed Forces).
Prior to NYU, Katie received her B.A. in Medieval Studies from Georgetown University in 2006. Georgetown awarded her a Healy Fellowship to pursue a master's degree in European Archaeology at St. Cross College, University of Oxford. Her master's thesis project surveyed faunal remains as proxy evidence for the earliest prolonged settlement in Late Saxon burghal fortifications. After completing this MPhil degree in 2008, Katie worked for the Klamath Network Fire Archaeology program of the National Park Service working with Whiskeytown NRA, Crater Lake NP, Lassen Volcanic NP. Redwoods NP, and Lava Beds NP. Her other fieldwork experience extends to the United Kingdom, Poland, Latvia, and within the United States to Northern California, Oregon, New Jersey, and New York City.