Mission Statement

The purpose of the Student Affairs Committee shall be to act in the best interests of student members, both undergraduate and graduate, of SEAC and to serve as a liaison between student members and the SEAC Executive Board. The committee's primary goal shall be to stimulate and encourage interest among student archaeologists while creating a student community within the larger SEAC organization.

To be added to the committee's listserv, please click here.

To contact the committee generally, please email SEACStudentAffairs@gmail.com

2024 Officers

Mikayla Absher, Chair-Elect, mikaylalaneabsher@gmail.com
Tara Skipton, Chair-Elect, taraskipton@utexas.edu
Devin Henson, Webmaster, dahenson@unc.edu
Anthony Farace, Member-at-Large, afarace@ufl.edu
Ethan Mofidi, Member-At-Large, emofidi@ou.edu
Matthew Picarelli-Kombert, Member-At-Large, mvp6195@psu.edu

Officer Bios

Mikayla Absher - Chair

Mikayla Absher is an archeology PhD candidate at Tulane University. Her research focuses on ceremonial landscapes, monumentality, and the experience of place through landscape archaeology and engaging with Indigenous Native American oral histories. Her work is primarily in the Lower Mississippi Valley (LMV) and Western North Carolina.



Tara Skipton- Chair-elect
Tara Skipton smiles in front of a bookcase

Tara Skipton is a PhD student at the University of Texas – Austin. She received her BA in Anthropology and Geography from the University of Florida and her MA in Anthropology from Florida State University. Tara is interested in community-based participatory research and the Black experience in New Orleans and the South at large.



Devin Henson- Webmaster

Devin Henson is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his B.A. in Archaeology at the College of Wooster. Devin’s research focuses on lithic technologies employed by Native communities engaged in societal transformation in the mid-Ohio Valley and Carolina Piedmont during the Woodland period.



Anthony Farace- Member-at-Large

Tony is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Florida. His research interests focus around emergent subjectivities and the co-creation of peoples, practices, and landscapes in the Ohio-Mississippi confluence region of the Central Mississippi River Valley during the Early-Middle Mississippian periods.



Ethan Mofidi - Member-at-Large

Ethan Mofidi is an MA student in Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. His research is centered around a lithic assemblage collected in the Ozarks where he analyzes biface breakage patterns to gain insight into production and use processes.



Matthew Picarelli-Kombert - Member-at-Large

Matthew Picarelli-Kombert is a PhD student at Penn State University. He got his BA in History and Anthropology at the University of Connecticut and his MA in Historical Archaeology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Matthew's research interests are focused on traditional land use practices and strategies of resource management among Indigenous communities along the Georgia coast.