Ruth M. Van Dyke is a professor of anthropology at Binghamton University. Her current archaeological research is focused in two areas: the 10th-century rise of the Chaco Canyon polity in the ancient Southwest and the historic immigration of Europeans to 19th-century Texas. She is the director of archaeological field research at the Castro Colonies Living History Center. She is the author of The Chaco Experience: Landscape and Ideology at the Center Place, as well as books and articles on such topics as politically engaged archaeology, landscapes, inequalities, social memory, materiality, visual representation, and phenomenology. Follow her on Twitter @desertgrrl64.