Donna Glowacki is a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University (ASU). Having received a B.A. from Miami University (1992) and an M.A. from the University of Missouri (1995), she entered the Ph.D. program at ASU in 1997. She has been a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists since 1999. Donna has conducted research in many parts of the North American Southwest, but her field and laboratory research for the past decade has focused on the northern San Juan region. She has a strong record of professional contributions, including directing field projects, organizing sessions and presenting research at professional meetings, and publishing her research in journals and books. Donna's research has focused on documenting patterns of interaction in the northern San Juan region and reconstructing the use histories of large Pueblo villages in both the northern San Juan region and the Zuni area. Her research has resulted in many notable publications. With Hector Neff, she is the editor of the book, Ceramic Production and Circulation in the Greater Southwest: Source Determination by INAA and Complementary Mineralogical Investigations. Donna has also coauthored several peer-reviewed journal articles that have appeared in Kiva and the Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry. In addition, she is a coauthor on five chapters that have appeared in edited volumes. With Keith Kintigh and Deborah Huntley, she has submitted an article to American Antiquity that examines the settlement history and emergence of towns in the Zuni area. Finally, Donna has an exemplary record of teaching and public outreach, sharing the lessons of archaeology and historic preservation with hundreds of students in a variety of settings. Her dissertation is titled "Placing Emigration in its Social Context: Intraregional Interaction in the Northern San Juan Region During the 13th Century."
The large-scale regional depopulation of the northern San Juan is a momentous occurrence that had wide-reaching impacts across the American Southwest. As such, almost every aspect of the circumstances surrounding this occurrence has been intensively studied; however, studies focused on cooperative social relationships within the region and how they may have contributed to this large-scale depopulation have been lacking. This dissertation research focuses on determining the extent of interaction (cooperation) among pueblos in the northern San Juan region during the 1200s, the century which saw the beginning of the emigration from, and eventually the depopulation of, the region.
Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) is being used to document the production and distribution of Mesa Verde Black-on-white and corrugated pottery within the region to determine how cooperative networks were utilized during an unstable, stressful time. This research will also provide a synthetic database of regional settlement from A.D. 1150–1300 and suggest how variation in settlement organization and demography might have affected social ties. Linking intraregional ceramic data with regional settlement patterns will enable a better understanding of the context of large-scale emigration.