She graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in 1975 and from Harvard University with an M.A. in 1978 and Ph.D. in 1984. She specializes in Near East societies and gender roles. She currently teaches the introductory archaeology course, required for the anthropology major at the university.
"Gendered relations" in Ur III Dynasty: Kinship, Property and Labor". Gender through Time. Editor Diane R. Bolger, Rowman & Littlefield, 2008, ISBN 978-0-7591-1092-2
"Exploring Unknown Lands and Bringing New Worlds into Gender Studies", Are all warriors male?: gender roles on the ancient Eurasian Steppe, Editors Katheryn M. Linduff, Karen Sydney Rubinson, Rowman & Littlefield, 2008, ISBN 978-0-7591-1074-8
Water Supply and History: Harappa and the Beas Settlement Survey (2008). Co-authoried, R. Wright, R. Bryson and J. Schuldenrein. Antiquity, Vol. 82, 315:37-48.