Steven is a PhD student advised by Dr. Margaret Beck. He studies Woodland Period (2500-1000 BP) archaeology in North America. Steven’s dissertation research focuses on the ceramic technology, chronology, and social complexity of the widespread Hopewell phenomenon of the Middle Woodland Period (2100–1600 BP). He is investigating the timing and ritual contexts of association for Hopewell ceramics in the Lower Mississippi and Arkansas River valleys. His research aims to broaden social theory applied to the interregional social interactions that led to the widespread appearance of Hopewell artifact design styles and ceremonial practices among diverse Woodland communities.