Graduate Students


Whitney Goodwin

Graduate Student

Heroy Hall 429

I am a PhD student in archaeology at Southern Methodist University. My research focuses on the northeastern region of Honduras, specifically the Bay Islands. This little known region falls between the Mesoamerican and Lower Central American interaction spheres and given its location, is often overlooked. My work aims to illuminate the articulation of non-state level groups in this region with broader networks of interaction and exchange by drawing on information from excavation, museum collections, and ethnohistory. My methodological interests include the use of geochemical soil analysis to examine the presence and processes of human practices that are otherwise difficult to detect and the expansion of the applications of pXRF analysis to examine patterns of production and exchange in both field and museum settings. Additionally, my interests include the uses of archaeological knowledge in heritage tourism and the implications of research on indigenous groups in this region.

Before attending SMU, I received a MA in Applied Anthropology in 2011 from the University of South Florida where my thesis focused on excavation data from multiple seasons of research on the Bay Islands and resulted in several publications. I obtained a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from the College of Wooster in 2008, where I was involved in two seasons of excavation and an ethnoarchaeological study of traditional ceramic production in the northwestern region of Honduras.

I undertook a pilot study for my dissertation research in 2012 with a grant from the Weber Fund from the SMU Anthropology Department. This allowed me to collect data on a previously uninvestigated site on the island Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands, and will serve as a basis for continued research on the island and the related mainland sites.


Entered program in 2011

Region of Study:

Mesoamerica, Lower Central America

Honors and Awards:

Steed Travel Award. Department of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University. (2013)
Gary Weber Pre-Dissertation Award for Archaeology Doctoral Students, Southern Methodist University. (2012)
Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (ISLAC) Mini Research Grant. University of South Florida.
Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (ISLAC) Student Grant. University of South Florida. (2009)
The Vivian L. Holliday Prize for most outstanding Senior Independent Study in history, classical studies, and
     archaeology, the College of Wooster. (2008)
Certificate of Distinguished Achievement, National Executive Council of Lambda Alpha, National Collegiate
     Honors Society for Anthropology. Gamma Chapter of Ohio. (2008)
The Henry J. Copeland Grant for Independent Study, the College of Wooster. (2007)
Kendall-Rives Latin American Research Grant, the College of Wooster. (2007)
The Mariska P. Marker Scholarship Fund, the College of Wooster. (2007)
EE Scholarship, the College of Wooster. (2007)
Women's Advisory Board Grant, the College of Wooster. (2007)
Chapter AB P.E.O. Scholarship - P.E.O. International. (2004)


Mayanizing Tourism in Roatan, Honduras: Archaeological Perspectives on Heritage, Development, and Indigencity. In Economic Encounters in the Age of Global Tourism, edited by S. M. Lyon and E. C. Wells. Society for Economic Anthropology Monograph Series. Altamira Press, Lanham, MD. (Co-author with Alejandro J. Figueroa and E. Christian Wells). (2012)

Archaeology and Indigencity, Past and Present: A View From the Island of Roatan, Honduras. Unpublished M.A. Thesis. University of South Florida, Tampa. (2011)

Mundo Maya. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, edited by Claire Smith. Springer, New York. (Co-author with E. Christian Wells). (2013)

Membership in Professional and Honorary Organizations

Society for American Archaeology
Society for Applied Anthropology
American Anthropological Association
Phi Beta Kappa National Honorary Society
Lambda Alpha National Honorary Society