Associate Professor of Anthropology


Florida State University

I am an anthropological archaeologist that specializes in zooarchaeology. Using this analytical lens, I study human-animal relationships in the past. Included here are links to the various archaeology courses I teach, my research projects (both current and past), and my accomplishments as a scholar of the past. Please email me if you have any questions or suggestions!

2017-present Graduate Program Director, Department of Anthropology, FSU

2015-present Associate Professor of Anthropology, FSU


2015-present Associate Professor of Anthropology at Florida State University.


ANT 2100: Introduction to Archaeology

ANT 4188: Artifact Analysis

ANT 4465: Foodways Archaeology

ANT4824: Archaeological Field School (RPA certified)

ANG 5115: Archaeology of Foodways

ANG 5117: Archaeology Grad Core Seminar

ANG 5155: Southeastern US Archaeology

ANG 5825: Anthropological Fieldwork (Arch) (RPA certified)

ANG 5906: Social Media, Public Outreach, and Archaeology

2005-2015 Associate Professor of Anthropology at Middle Tennessee State University.

I taught courses for the General Education program, the Anthropology major, the Interdisciplinary Minor in Archaeology, and the Forensic Anthropology Minor.

ANTH 2210: World Prehistory (traditional lecture and on-line)

ANTH 3210: Archaeology

ANTH 3520: North American Prehistoric Archaeology

ANTH 3710: Archaeology of Scotland

ANTH 3710: Archaeology Lab Training

ANTH 4360: Zooarchaeology

ANTH 4620: Environmental Archaeology

ANTH 4520: Southeastern US Archaeology

ANTH 4620: Environmental Archaeology

ANTH 4950: Archaeological Field School (RPA-certified)


August 2017 to present

Anthropology Graduate Program Director, Florida State University

July 2014 to July 2015

Director of Anthropology, Middle Tennessee State University


Please see DigiNole, FSU's Research Repository, and my page for links to publications not linked below (articles, book chapters, blog posts). A listing of my publications can be found on my Google Scholar Profile. You can watch videos featuring some of my work on my Peres Archaeology playlist.

Edited Books

2019 The Cumberland River Archaic of Middle Tennessee. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. (edited with A. Deter-Wolf)

2018 Baking, Bourbon, and the Black Drink: Foodways Archaeology in the American Southeast. Archaeology of Food Series, University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa. (edited by Tanya M. Peres and Aaron Deter-Wolf)

2014 Trends and Traditions in Southeastern Zooarchaeology. Ripley P. Bullen Series, University Press of Florida, Gainesville. (edited by Tanya M. Peres)

2010 Integrating Zooarchaeology and Paleoethnobotany: A Consideration of Issues, Methods, and Cases. Springer-Verlag New York. (co-edited with Amber M. VanDerwarker)

Current Research Projects

Past Research Projects


Professional Archaeology Organizations

Southeastern Archaeological Conference

Website Redesign Committee, 2013-2014

Executive Officer I, 2011-2013

Member since 1994

Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology

Executive Board Member, 2017-2019

President, 2014-2016

President Elect, 2012-2014

Executive Board Member, 2011-2012

Member since 2006

Society for American Archaeology

Member since 1997

Dienje Kenyon Fellowship Committee, 2010-2012

Climate Change Strategies and Archaeological Resources Committee, 2016 to present

Media Relations Committee, 2019-2022

Register of Professional Archaeologists

Certified since 2001

RPA-Certified Field Schools 2014-2018

Chair, Nominations Committee, 2017

Professional Member of:

Sigma Xi

Society for Ethnobiology

World Archaeological Congress

International Council for Zooarchaeology

Other Professional Organizations

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Member since 2015

American Association of University Women

Member 2006-2015

Ruth Houston Memorial Scholarship Committee, 2007-2012

Branch President, 2012-2015

Southern Foodways Alliance

Member since 2015

Editorial Positions

Critical Conversations: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Editorial Board, Charter Member, 2014-2015

Archaeology of the American South: New Directions and Perspectives

Series from University of Alabama Press, Editorial Board Member, 2015 to present