Matthew T. Boulanger, M.A., Ph.D., R.P.A.

Department of Anthropology

Southern Methodist University
Research Associate
Archaeometry Laboratory

University of Missouri Research Reactor





I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Missouri. My dissertation involved morphological and phylogenetic analyses of Paleoindian projectile points from eastern North America. I am interested in multidisciplinary approaches to anthropology and archaeology. My research combines aspects of evolutionary theory, physical geography, landscape ecology, middle-range research, and geoscience into studying human behavior. My Master’s thesis focused on the effects of rapid social change among a Native American community living on the peripheries of the three colonial powers in the New World in the mid 1600s.

I was a Senior Research Specialist in the Archaeometry Laboratory at the University of Missouri Research Reactor during graduate school.  While there, I conducted research involving the elemental compositions of archaeological material, produced technical reports for clients, and I worked to preserve archaeological data generated at now-closed laboratories such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Manchester.  I maintain a research affiliation with the laboratory, and continue to build on many of the projects I initiated while there.

On a personal note, I have one very well-behaved Keeshond named Luna.  When I’m not writing or reading, I keep myself busy  riding and working on my motorcycle, but not at the same time.

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