Jamie Hodgkins received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2012 and is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado, Denver. Working in Spain, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Morocco, and South Africa allowed her to explore the history of each of these countries. In studying abroad, she witnessed protests and government shutdowns, learning how people engage with politics and what types of social and environmental conditions cause unrest. As an archaeologist, Hodgkins’ work focuses on reconstructing the behaviors of early Homo sapiens and Neanderthals to understand what those behaviors indicate about what it means to be “human.” Her publications center on how humans, including Neanderthals, and non-human animals dealt with climate change in the Pleistocene. She has published articles in the Journal of Human Evolution, the Journal of Archaeological Science, Quaternary Science Reviews, PaleoAnthropology, the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.