Dr. Shannon Tushingham
Shannon Tushingham is an anthropological archaeologist with a broad background in academic, private, and tribal archaeology. Dr. Tushingham studied Anthropology of the University of Connecticut (B.A.), the University of Memphis (M.A.) and the University of California, Davis (Ph.D.). She currently directs the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Her research program focuses on understanding evolutionary trends in human-environmental dynamics over the long-term historical record and includes projects developed in collaboration with Native American descendant communities in the Pacific Northwest Coast and California. She is also a specialist in chemical residue extraction techniques and works on an array of studies directed at understanding the ritual, medicinal and recreational use of psychoactive plants by worldwide human cultures.