Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2003
Phone: (631) 632-7665
Jennifer R. Pournelle is an anthropological archaeologist engaged in landscape archaeology broadly defined, including cultural ecology, the politics of land use and development, the intellectual history of landscape research, the social role of landscape and constructions of the past, and the transfer of research technology from the military to the civil sector. She specializes in the use of photography and satellite imagery in the reconstruction of landscapes through time.
Her current research explores the roles played by wetlands during the emergence of social complexity in southwest Asia, especially in what is now southern Iraq, where the world’s oldest known cities grew in the marshlands of the lower Tigris-Euphrates delta. She currently serves as Assistant Director for Archaeology, USAID-Iraq Stony Brook University HEAD Program. Pournelle has previously worked as an arms control, information technology, and training consultant throughout Europe and the Middle East, and has carried out field research in Malaysia, Italy, southeastern Turkey, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. Her work has been financed by generous grants from the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, the UC Office of Research, and as an American School of Oriental Research Mesopotamian Fellow.