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Katherine L. Chiou, PhD
I am an anthropological archaeologist and paleoethnobotanist interested in foodways in the past and present, Andean archaeology, household archaeology, plant domestication, GIS and data visualization, and ethics in archaeological practice. I received my BA from New York University and my MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and have been a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alabama since 2017. I am a recipient of the Society for American Archaeology's Dissertation Award (2018) as well as the National Alumni Association's Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award (2021). I am a proponent of ethics training for students of archaeology and have been involved with organizing the Society for American Archaeology's Ethics Bowl competition (since 2017) as well as coaching the University of Alabama Ethics Bowl team (since 2019).
To learn more about me, please visit my website. If you have any questions about training and research opportunities, feel free to contact me!
Current Graduate Students (MA and PhD)
Graduate students working with Dr. Chiou on research projects maintain an affiliation with the Ancient People and Plants Laboratory and have access to equipment, facilities, and training. Applications to work with Dr. Chiou and the Ancient Plants and People Laboratory are currently being accepted. To learn more about the anthropology graduate program (MA and PhD) at the University of Alabama, visit the Department of Anthropology or contact Dr. Chiou.
Current Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate student researchers working in the Ancient People and Plants Laboratory receive specialized training and mentorship and contribute to active scholarship in archaeology. To learn more about the current and future availability of research opportunities for undergraduates, contact Dr. Chiou.