Since I came of age before the Women's movement, I married right after college and taught second grade to help put my husband through medical school. Three children and fourteen years later, I finally had a chance to earn a PhD in archaeology. An opportunity to do fieldwork arose when the family lived for a year in Korea, and this became my dissertation. I helped to create the Society for East Asian Archaeology and did fieldwork in China while teaching at the University of Denver.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
The ancient past of China, Korea, and Japan from the beginnings of agriculture to the origin of states, is the rather broad subject of my research. I am also interested in how archaeologists can find gender in the past. I am particularly intrigued with women leaders, and have written/edited many books on this topic. The queens of the Silla dynasty of Korea have been a particular interest, especially the unacknowledged queen with gold crown and belt, who is unacknowledged in the histories.