1988: BSc Geography and History (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain). 1993: PhD History (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). I began my research at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, studying processes of emerging complexity in Mediterranean Bronze Age societies. Since then, I have worked at the University of Athens, at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, at the University of Cambridge, at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, at the University of California Santa Cruz, at the Northwestern University, at the National Taiwan University, at the University of Guam, at German Archaeological Institute/Roman-Germanic Commission in Frankfurt and at the University of Oslo. I was co-chair of the EAA working party AGE http://www.upf.edu/materials/fhuma/age/ for the period 2009-2015.
I am an archaeologist with broad interests in social and theoretical archaeology. My current fields of research are the Archaeology of Modern Iberian Colonialism and Gender Archaeology. Most specifically, I am analysing the consequences that Spanish colonialism and Jesuit missionization had on the native Chamorro populations of Guam and the Mariana Islands (western Pacific), with a specific focus on the effects that such domination had on power relationships, gender systems and maintenance activities. As a historical archaeologist, I converge historical written documents and material culture in my research. Although I focus on the study of modern colonial processes, I investigate much broader cultural sequences that include previous developments of local oral populations, thus bridging the long-debated prehistory/history divide.
Key wordsHistorical Archaeology; Archaeology of Colonialism; Archaeology of Gender and Maintenance Activities; Bronze Age Societies; Social Unequalities; Domestic Technologies; Funerary behaviour; Identity