Timothy R. Pauketat

Dr. Timothy Pauketat is a professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois and is co-interim director at the Illinois State Archaeological Survey. He is an archaeologist interested in the broad relationships between history and humanity, materiality and agency, affect and ontology, and religion and urbanism. Tim’s focus in on North America, and his concerns range from local historical ones, particularly in he central Mississippi Valley, to pan-American and big historical ones, especially as they involve Mesoamerican-Southwestern-Mississippi valley connections. He has conducted most of his field research at and around the American Indian city of Cahokia or related complexes, having held posts at the University of Oklahoma, the State University of New York (Buffalo), and the University of Illinois.

Susan A. Alt

Dr. Susan Alt is an archaeologist studying Mississippian societies with a particular focus on the central Mississippi and lower Ohio valleys. Her research is centered on the reconstruction of the histories of past peoples and places, using social theory to understand those histories. Susan is fascinated by the relationships between material culture and social process, and how as archaeologists we can best “read” patterns in the material world as representative of real people, their experiences and sensibilities. Her goal is to understand how societies transform themselves, both intentionally and unintentionally, via processes involving gender, ritual, memory, traditions, identity formation and hybridity. She also hopes to understand how historical events and social process combine to shape human society.

Alan Craig

Alan B. Craig is the Senior Associate Director for Human-Computer Interaction at the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (I-CHASS) and a research scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois. He is also the Humanities, Arts, and Social Science Specialist for the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). His work centers on the continuum between the physical and the digital. He has done extensive work in virtual reality, augmented reality, and personal fabrication, as well as educational applications of data mining, visualization, and collaborative systems. He has authored three books (Understanding Augmented RealityDeveloping Virtual Reality Applications, and Understanding Augmented Reality), and holds three patents.

Alex Ramirez Roman