Ph.D. student, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
Zoe is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. She is pursuing a joint-doctorate in social anthropology and archaeology. Her research interests include Northern Japan, Ainu history and culture, animal studies, gender and sexuality, Indigeneity and identity, community narrative, and archaeological education. Supervised by Stephen Loring and William Fitzhugh, she is also a Smithsonian Institution Fellow.
Along with other Harvard graduate students, Zoe has developed the HERA Project: a student-lead community archaeology project. HERA (Harvard Educational Resources in Archaeology) works to bring a variety of archaeological programs to disenfranchised school systems and community groups. Zoe serves as the education coordinator for this group.
Zoe works as an archaeologist at the Hamanaka II site on Rebun Island in Hokkaido, Japan. Working with an international team, including IPinCH members Hirofumi Kato and Mayumi Okada, Zoe helps to develop Indigenous archaeological programming.
Zoe's dissertation focuses on the trajectory of human and non-human animals in colonial Hokkaido, Japan. She is specifically interested in how we can better understand colonial regimes and processes by understanding shifting valuations of non-human animals. Zoe bases her research out of collections at Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institution, and Hokkaido University.