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Phyllis Johnson, Anthropology postdoctoral scholar, named a Southeastern Conference (SEC) Emerging Scholar

Phyllis Johnson, a University Research Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Anthropology in the UK College of Arts and Sciences, was recently named a Southeastern Conference (SEC) Emerging Scholar, established this year by the SEC Provosts. The Emerging Scholars program encourages top scholars, with attention to those from historically underrepresented groups, to seek out employment and mentorship within SEC colleges and universities. The program provides professional development and networking opportunities for current doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers who are considering careers in higher education.

Johnson earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from Vanderbilt University and her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. She develops and applies innovative computational methods to address difficult questions surrounding ancient economies, site formation processes and social structure. Her current research applies novel machine and deep learning techniques to the examination of stone tool production to illuminate ancient actors, such as commoners and women, who are often rendered invisible in the archaeological record. Johnson is interested in equity issues in research and education. 

Dr. Johnson will be discussing her current research on Friday, October 29, 12-1pm, in 213 Lafferty Hall for the mid-semester Anthropology Departmental Colloquium. All are welcome to attend.