During my undergraduate career in archaeology, I was fascinated to learn the potential of technologies such as stable isotope analysis, ancient DNA, and proteomics to illuminate the human past. As someone interested in human-environmental interactions, mobility, and trade, I wanted to learn to integrate these approaches into my own research. The MHAAM fellowship program offers just such a path, aiming these exciting technologies at the questions remaining about the peoples of the Mediterranean at the nexus of prehistory and history— one of the most integral turning points in humanity’s past.
As a proud fellowship recipient, I have started my PhD at Harvard University, and have already begun to benefit from the guidance of the influential minds of both Harvard’s Science of the Human Past Initiative and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History as I cultivate my own research interests. To someday contribute to the body of work already produced by this truly unique collaboration will be a great honor and an unparalleled start to my career as a researcher. I feel that there is no better place that I could be to tackle the big archaeological questions that inspire me.