People at MAPA

MAPA is comprised of Faculty, Staff, Contributing Editors and MAPA Students. The MAPA Program is directed by Drs. Matthew Sanger, Randall McGuire, and Nina Versaggi with assistance from graduate assistant Katie Seeber.

We currently have a vibrant list of contributing editors who are dedicated to addressing current public archaeological and anthropological issues in their editorials. See their page for list of bios here.

Our current MAPA students are from many different backgrounds and have a wide variety of interests.


Chelsea Cunico is a combined degree student at Binghamton University who plans on receiving her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology this upcoming spring. The following spring, she will graduate with a Master’s of Art in Public Archaeology. Her interests include increasing public involvement and awareness of archaeology. Previously, she has worked at Cova Gran, a large rock shelter in Spain. This past summer and for her upcoming thesis project, Chelsea will be working at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina


Rebecca Hunt is a first year student in the MAPA program. Her interest is underwater archaeology in public archaeology, specifically in the Northeast. Her future goal is to continue working in CRM focusing in Maritime and helping provide access to community and the preservation of sites.


Jacqueline Thiry is a B.A./MAPA combined degree student whose research interests focus on the intersection of zooarchaeology and public archaeology. Her work with Dr. Lubna Omar and Dr. Matthew Sanger focuses on the preservation of faunal remains at a Late Archaic shell ring on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and examines sampling methods at shell deposits.