Dawn Crawford

Graduate Student




Office Location

Heroy Hall 307



BA Anthropology and History, Texas A&M University
MA Anthropology, Southern Methodist University

Dawn Crawford is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University. She completed her B.A. in Anthropology and History from Texas A&M University, and a M.A. in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University.

Dawn is currently completing her dissertation research on Maya household resilience to economic and socio-political collapse at the site of Holtun, located in the Petén district of Guatemala. As a member of the Proyecto Arqueologico Holtun, Dawn focuses on household archaeology, specifically on lithic and ceramic production and consumption. Proyecto Holtun is a collaborative program between multiple universities in the United States and in Guatemala. Dawn joined Proyecto Holtun in 2011.

In 2017, Dawn received a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation titled "Resilience Theory as a Context for Understanding Long Term Social Change, at Holtun, Guatemala" (ID#: 1743532). In 2015, Dawn received a National Geographic Young Explorer Grant and a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid award for her research on economic household resilience at Holtun. She has also collaborated with Dr. Brigitte Kovacevich of the University of Central Florida on jade-working and production techniques and obsidian sourcing (publications in preparation). In addition to household production and consumption patterns, Dawn's research interests include social organization, gender, class, trade, collapse, and resilience.

Entered program in 2010


Dawn Crawford