RESEARCH INTERESTS

My primary research interests include geographic information systems (GIS), water management, adaptive capacity, and resilience in medieval Southeast Asia.

Understanding past processes of urbanization and regional networks is critical for the continued growth of resilient communities today in urban and rural contexts alike. This is particularly crucial in developing urban areas in tropical environments characterized by monsoon systems, like Southeast Asia.

My current research project builds on new evidence suggesting that Angkor was the central node in a complex urban network spreading across mainland Southeast Asia. In recent years, imagery from two lidar missions organized by the Cambodia Archaeological Lidar Initiative (CALI), the Khmer Archaeology Lidar Consortium (KALC), and the Greater Angkor Project (GAP) were used to map seven previously concealed and undocumented dense urban landscapes surrounded by much lower density peripheries. The revelation of these urban areas suggests that a complex web of agricultural and occupation spaces linking more densely inhabited urban nuclei may have been a ubiquitous, defining feature of Khmer landscapes….

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DISSERTATION

13.4125° N, 103.8670° E
Angkor, Cambodia (9th-14th centuries C.E.) is home to one of the largest medieval water management systems in the world.
How was the system constructed and how did it respond to climatic and social challenges?
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“Adaptive Capacity of the water management systems of two medieval Khmer cities, Angkor and Koh Ker,” addresses urban resilience through an archaeological case study two medieval Khmer cities over the course of centuries. Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Empire for over 600 years (9th – 15th centuries C.E.), except for one brief period when the capital was relocated to Koh Ker (921 – 944 C.E.). These cities both have massive water management systems that provide a comparative context for studying resilience; while Angkor thrived for hundreds of years, Koh Ker was occupied as the capital of the empire for a relatively short period. Some scholars argue that, despite Angkor’s longevity, the collapse of an unsustainable hydraulic network and the extensification of the agro-urban periphery were major factors in the abandonment of medieval Angkor as the center of the Khmer state….
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RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

I have worked on many different international research teams and have conducted fieldwork on four continents.
2 - CALI

Partner (Koh Ker and Angkor)

Cambodian Archaeological Lidar Initiative

Siem Reap, Cambodia

2015 – Pres.

project website

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Geographic Information System Research Associate

Greater Angkor Project

Siem Reap, Cambodia

2013-Pres.

Temple Survey

Project Director

Ground Verification of Temple Sites

Siem Reap, Cambodia

2016 – 2017

GPR at Koh Ker

Site Director

Ground Penetrating Radar Investigations at the Northern Chute at Koh Ker Écolefrançaised’Extrême-Orient

Koh Ker, Cambodia

December 2016

*This work was funded by the Rust Family Foundation and a Grant-in-Aid of Research from Sigma Xi.

3 - KALC

Partner (Koh Ker and Angkor)

Khmer Archaeology Lidar Consortium

Siem Reap, Cambodia

2013 – Pres.

project website

Survey at Koh Ker

Field Technician

Excavations of the North Chute at Koh Ker

The University of Sydney, Koh Ker, Cambodia

2014

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Laboratory Coordinator, Graduate Research Associate

Easter Mimbres Archaeological Project

Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2012 – 2017

Project Roatan - Field School Participant - project roatan PHOTO CREDIT _ NEESHETA ESPINOSA

Field School Participant

Project Roatan, University of South Florida

Roatan Island, Honduras

2009

project website

South Africa

Total Station Technician

South African Coast Paleoclimate, Paleoenvironment, Paleoecology, Paleoanthropology Project and Mossel Bay Archaeological Project (SACP4/MAP)

Mossel Bay, South Africa

2013

12 - tdar

Digital Data Curator

Digital Antiquity, Tempe, AZ

2011 – 2012

project website

MPLP

Teaching Assistant

Mogollon Prehistoric Landscapes Project (MPLP), Arizona State University

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Summer 2012

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Lecturer and Field Instructor

East Asia Summit International Field School

Koh Ker, Cambodia

December 2015, Summer 2016

9 - excavations at koh ker

Site Co-Director

Excavations of the North Chute at Koh Ker

Koh Ker, Cambodia

2015

archaeologicaldata

Project Director

Archaeological Data

San Francisco, CA

2016 – Pres.

 

EAS-Field-School

Lecturer and Field Instructor

East Asia Summit International Field School

YusofIshak Institute

Koh Ker, Cambodia

project website

MPLP - teaching assistant mogollon PHOTO CREDIT BREEANNA CHAROLLA

Teaching Assistant

Mogollon Prehistoric Landscapes Project (MPLP)

Arizona State University

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Summer 2012

TRAVELS

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer Lee

PUBLICATIONS

CURRICULUM VITAE

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

2019-2021:
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (January 2019 – January 2021)

2018-2019:
Adjunct, Phoenix Community College, Anthropology Department.

2018:
Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies, Garden and Landscape Studies Program at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University, Washington, DC (September – December 2018)

 

Education

2018:

Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ  Anthropology (archaeology)

Committee: Ben A. Nelson (co-chair), Charles Redman (co-chair), Mike Smith, Michael Barton, and Damian Evans

2013:
M.A., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ Anthropology (archaeology)

2010:
B.A., Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH Anthropology (with honors) and Religion

ENLARGED CV

Contact Me

“When you need to innovate, you need collaboration” – Marissa Mayer

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Get in touch with me

  University of British Columbia

Department of Anthropology

Vancouver, British Columbia

 Sarah.e.klassen@gmail.com

My current research project builds on new evidence suggesting that Angkor was the central node in a complex urban network spreading across mainland Southeast Asia. In recent years, imagery from two lidar missions organized by the Cambodia Arhaeological Lidar Initiative (CALI), the Khmer Archaeology Lidar Consortium (KALC), and the Greater Angkor Project (GAP) were used to map seven previously concealed and undocumented dense urban landscapes surrounded by much lower density peripheries. The revelation of these urban areas suggests that a complex web of agricultural and occupation spaces linking more densely inhabited urban nuclei may have been a ubiquitous, defining feature of Khmer landscapes. This new discovery gives rise to the following questions: How did Angkor interact with these provincial settlement complexes? Further, how did the settlement system impact regional resilience?

This work has two goals:

1) identify basic chronologies of provincial urban centers and

2) understand how provincial urban centers draw agricultural surplus from their surrounding landscapes and interact with Angkor as part of an integrated regional system. These data will be integrated into a comprehensive spatio-temporal database, and a series of analyses will be used to model the development of engineered landscapes over time and space and identify spatio-temporal patterns in demography, power structures, and resources.

This research project is being conducted in collaboration with CALI, KALC, and GAP.

“Adaptive Capacity of the water management systems of two medieval Khmer cities, Angkor and Koh Ker,” addresses urban resilience through an archaeological case study two medieval Khmer cities over the course of centuries. Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Empire for over 600 years (9th - 15th centuries C.E.), except for one brief period when the capital was relocated to Koh Ker (921 - 944 C.E.). These cities both have massive water management systems that provide a comparative context for studying resilience; while Angkor thrived for hundreds of years, Koh Ker was occupied as the capital of the empire for a relatively short period. Some scholars argue that, despite Angkor’s longevity, the collapse of an unsustainable hydraulic network and the extensification of the agro-urban periphery were major factors in the abandonment of medieval Angkor as the center of the Khmer state.

For this research, I created a sequence of change in the urban morphology of Angkor to understand the extent and nature of the low-density peripheries of local temple communities providing agricultural surplus to the urban center. As part of this process, I mapped over 19,000 features in the Greater Angkor region from the 2012 lidar (light detection and ranging) mission and conducted a field survey of temple sites. With this inventory, I assigned over 1,200 temple-based agricultural production units to time periods using a graph-based semi-supervised machine learning algorithm. I then used geographic information systems (GIS) to quantitatively assess five elements of adaptive capacity among five periods at Angkor and two at Koh Ker to evaluate the resilience of the water management systems. The results suggest that adaptive capacity is useful for identifying causal factors in the resilience and failures of systems over the long term. The case studies also demonstrate the importance and warn of the danger of large, centralized water management features.

This work benefited from multiple funding sources including the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award, the Rust Family Foundation, and an Endeavour Fellowship from the Australian Department of Education and Training.

SARAH KLASSEN

Curriculum vitae

December 2018

 

EDUCATION

2018

Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Committee: Ben A. Nelson (co-chair), Charles Redman (co-chair), Mike Smith, Michael Barton, and Damian Evans

2013

M.A., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ Anthropology

2010

B.A., Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH Anthropology (with honors) and Religion

 

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

2019-2021

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (January 2019 – January 2021)

2018-2019

Adjunct, Phoenix Community College, Anthropology Department (September 2018 - May 2019)

2018

Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies, Garden and Landscape Studies Program at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC (September – December 2018)

 

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Papers

2018

Sarah Klassen, Jonathan Weed, and Damian Evans. "Semi-supervised Machine Learning Approaches for Predicting the Chronology of Archaeological Sites: A Case Study of Temples from Medieval Angkor, Cambodia," PLOS ONE. (published online 5 November 2018), 13(11):e0205649. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0205649.

2018

Will Russell, Sarah Klassen, and Katherine Salazar. “Lines of Communication: Mimbres Hachure and Concepts of Color,” American Antiquity. Volume 83, Issue 1, January 2018 (published online 17 October 2017), pp 109-127. https://doi.org/10.1017/aaq.2017.52

2018

Terry Lustig, Sarah Klassen, Damian Evans, Robert French, and Ian Moffat. “Evidence for the breakdown of an Angkorian hydraulic system, and its historical implications for understanding the Khmer Empire,” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. Volume 17, February 2018, pp 195-211 (published online 10 November 2017). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.11.014

 

Manuscripts in review

N/A

Sarah Klassen and Joyce White. “A Geographic Information Systems Model to Recommend Prehistoric Agrarian Sites in the Middle Mekong Basin for Excavation,” Journal of Archaeological Science. In review.

N/A

Sarah Klassen, Terry Lustig, and Damian Evans. “Systemic Failure in the Water Management of an Angkor-era Capital City: Adaptive Capacity at Koh Ker, Cambodia,” Ecology and Society. In review.

N/A

Ian Moffat, Sarah Klassen, Tiago Attorre, Damian Evans, Terry Lustig, and Kong Leaksmy, “Geophysical Investigations of the Koh Ker Chute, Northern Cambodia,” Geoarchaeology. In review.

N/A

Sarah Klassen and Will Russel, “Reading Between the Lines: Ancient Color Codes and Evidence of Inter-Societal Complementarity,” Sapiens. In review.

N/A

Sarah Klassen and Will Russell, “Mortuary Distribution of Hachured Vessels and Blue-Green Stone in Mimbres Context,” A Taste for Green. In review.

 

Manuscripts in preparation

N/A

Sarah Klassen, Jonathan Weed, and Damian Evans. “Agricultural Implications from the Urban Morphology of Angkor, Cambodia.”

N/A

Sarah Klassen, “The Adaptive Capacity of medieval Angkor, Cambodia”

N/A

Ruby Kerwin and Sarah Klassen, “Initial Attempts to Produce a Chronology for Angkorian Period Pedestals.”

N/A

Rachel Lane, Sarah Klassen, and Ruby Kerwin, “Parting the Sea and Draining the Swamp: A Critical Review of Binary Approaches to Water Management.”

N/A

Ruby Kerwin and Sarah Klassen, “The Development of Hydroelectric Power on Ancestral Land in southern Chile”

N/A

Sarah Klassen, Scott Ortman, Luis Bettencourt, Jose Lobo, and Damian Evans “Intensification and Extensification at Medieval Angkor: A Diachronic Analysis of Urbanism and Agriculture in the Khmer Empire”

N/A

Will Russell, Jane Buikstra, and Sarah Klassen, "Mimbres Iconography and Social Transformation

N/A

Damian Evans, Martin Polkinghorne, Roland Fletcher, David Brotherson, Tegan Hall, and Sarah Klassen, "Perspectives on the 'Collapse' of Angkor and the Khmer Empire: A Critical Review," book chapter in Angkorian World

N/A

Damian Evans, Roland Fletcher, Sarah Klassen, and Christophe Pottier, "The Development of Settlement Patterns in the Angkorian World, from Prehistory to Post-Angkor," book chapter in Angkorian World.

Technical Reports (non-refereed)

2016

Sarah Klassen, Damian Evans, Terry Lustig, Nick Wiggins, “Excavations at the Koh Ker Chute.” Report on file, the Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap.

2014

Sarah Klassen. “Preliminary Analysis using Middle Mekong Archaeological Project GIS data: A Model to Recommend Prehistoric Agrarian Sites in the Middle Mekong Basin for Excavation.” Report on file, the Henry Luce Foundation.

2012

Will Russell, Sarah Klassen, John M. Bello, Erica J. Edwards, Zachary R. Knoll, Ryan M. Smigielski, and Rebeca B. Suarez. “Excavation Summary, Unit 10, Roadmap Village (LA45157), Sirrea County, New Mexico.” Report on file, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, ASU.

 

GRANTS, AWARDS, AND FELLOWSHIPS

External Research Grants and Fellowships

2016

Endeavour Fellowship, Australian Government, Department of Education and Training, $23,000 AUD.

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards, Political Centralization and Water Management at Medieval Angkor, Cambodia (PI: Ben Nelson and Charles Redman, co-PI: Sarah Klassen), $25,685 USD (1638137)

Rust Family Foundation Research Grant, $7,200 USD (PI: Sarah Klassen and Damian Evans)

Grant-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi, $400 USD

2015

The European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA) Travel Award, 500 EUR

2014

Grant-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi, $400 USD

2011

Dartmouth College General Fellowship for Graduate Research, $5,500 USD

 

Internal Grants and Fellowships

2018

Ruppé Prize in Archaeology, runner-up, $250 USD

ASU Graduate College Travel Award, $500 USD

ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association Travel Grant, $950 USD

ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association Career Development Grant, $550 USD

2017-2018

ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Dissertation Completion Fellowship, $18,000 USD

ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change Dissertation Completion Fellowship, $18,000 USD (Declined)

2017

ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change Student Research Grant, $2,670 USD

Graduate Research Support Grant, Graduate and Professional Student Association, the Office of Graduate Education, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Affairs, ASU, $2000 USD

ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Excellence Award

2016

ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Excellence Award

2015

ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association Travel Grant, $950 USD

2014

Graduate Research Support Grant, Graduate and Professional Student Association, the Office of Graduate Education, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Affairs, ASU, $750 USD

ASU Graduates in Integrative Society and Environmental Research (GISER) Research Seed Funds, $2,000 USD

2013

Conference Travel Grant, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, ASU, $250 USD

Norm Perrill Origins Project Scholarship, ASU, $1,000 USD

ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change Graduate Research Award, $1,500 USD

ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association Travel Grant, $1,900 USD

2012

ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association Travel Grant, $735 USD

2008-2010

Sandra and Arthur Irving Scholarship, $75,000 USD

2009

Claire Garber Goodman Research Grant, $3,850 USD

Rockefeller Senior Honors Thesis Grant, $750 USD

Dean of the Faculty Grant: Kaminsky Family Fund Award, $2,000 USD

2008

Dartmouth College Funds for Educational Enrichment, $450 USD

NCAA Academic Enrichment, $1,000 USD

Charles G. & Alma Milham Award

 

INVITED TALKS

2018

Sarah Klassen, “Agro-Urban Environments and Implications for Resilience in Medieval Cambodia,” Garden and Landscapes Program, Dumbarton Oaks (Nov. 14)

2017

Sarah Klassen, “An archaeological perspective on resilience and water management systems,” Scholarship sponsorship talk, monthly meeting, Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), Phoenix, Arizona (April 23).

2015

Sarah Klassen, “Angkor, Water, and a New Kind of Urbanism,” Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: Old World, Mesa Community College, Guest Lecture, Mesa, Arizona (March 9).

 

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

 

Workshops Organized

2018

Organizer, "Paris Dialog on Archaeological Lidar," The Ecole francaise d'Extreme-Orient, Paris, France (December 11 and 12).

 

Panels Organized

2018

“Urbanism, Production, and Empire: New Case Studies from Angkorian Cambodia,” at the Society for American Archaeology 83rd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (April 11-15).

 

Panelists

2018

“Updates on projects worldwide,” Paris Dialog on Archaeological Lidar, The Ecole francaise d'Extreme-Orient, Paris, France (December 11 and 12).

 

Papers

2019

Sarah Klassen, “Environmental Change, Political 'Collapse,' and Migration in Medieval Cambodia,” Climate Change and History Research Initiative Colloquium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (April 25).

2019

Sarah Klassen, “Emerging Epicenters and Complementary Centralized and Decentralized Water Management Strategies at Medieval Angkor, Cambodia," Society for American Archaeology 84th Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM (April 10-14, 2019).

2019

Will Russell and Sarah Klassen, “Then and Now: Conservative and Progressive Politics at the Mimbres Site of Swarts,” Society for American Archaeology 84th Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM (April 10-14, 2019).

2018

Sarah Klassen, Damian Evans, and Christophe Pottier “Status of arhaeological lidar projects in Southeast Asia,” Paris dialog on Arhaeological Lidar, The Ecole francaise d'Extreme-Orient, Paris, France (December 11 and 12).

2018

Sarah Klassen, "Settlement and Scaling in Medieval Cambodia,”Settlement and Scaling and the Challenge of Mayan Low-Density Urbanism Workshop, The Santa Fe Insitute, Santa Fe, NM (August 23 and 24).

2018

Sarah Klassen, “The Adaptive Capacity of the Water Management System of Angkor, Cambodia,” Society for American Archaeology 83rd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (April 11-15).

2018

Ruby Kerwin and Sarah Klassen, “The Development of Hydroelectric Power on Ancestral Land in southern Chile” Society for American Archaeology 83rd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (April 11-15).

2018

Rachel Lane, Sarah Klassen, and Ruby Kerwin, “Parting the Sea and Draining the Swamp: A Critical Review of Binary Approaches to Water Management,” Society for American Archaeology 83rd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (April 11-15).

2018

Sarah Klassen, “An Amalgamation of Centralized and Decentralized Water Management Strategies: An Archaeological Case-Study from Medieval Cambodia,” Society for Economic Anthropology Annual Meeting on Water & Economy, Tempe, AZ (March 1-3)

2017

Sarah Klassen, Ian Moffat, Terry Lustig, Damian Evans, “Noninvasively Mapping Subsurface Topography to Understand Hydraulic Failure: Results from GPR Investigations of a Water Management Feature at Koh Ker, Cambodia,” 16th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Poznań, Poland (July 3-7).

2017

Sarah Klassen and Ruby Kerwin, “Initial Attempts to Produce a Chronology for Angkorian Period Pedestals,” 16th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Poznań, Poland (July 3-7).

2017

Terry Lustig, Sarah Klassen, Damian Evans, and Robert French, “The Short Life of a Water-Control Feature and Koh Ker’s Short Term as the Khmer Political Center,” 16th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Poznań, Poland (July 3-7).

2017

Sarah Klassen, Jonathan Weed, and Damian Evans, “Untangling the Urban Morphology of medieval Angkor, Cambodia.” Society for American Archaeology 82nd Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC (March 29 – April 2).

2017

Will Russell and Sarah Klassen, “The Presence and Potential Representation of Turquoise at the Mimbres Site of Galaz.” Society for American Archaeology 82nd Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC (March 29 – April 2).

2017

Sarah Klassen, Jonathan Weed, and Damian Evans, “Discerning the Urban Morphology of Angkor Using a Semi-Supervised Algorithm for Manifold Learning.” International Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Atlanta, GA (March 14-16).

2016

Sarah Klassen, Terry Lustig, and Damian Evans, “Using Adaptive Capacity to Assess the Water Management System of Koh Ker, Cambodia.” Society for American Archaeology 81st Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL (April 6-10).

2015

Sarah Klassen, Damian Evans, Terry Lustig, and Barry le Plastrier. “Evaluating the Sustainability of an Angkor-Period Engineered Landscape at Koh Ker, Cambodia.” 15th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists. Paris, France (July 6-10).

2015

Sarah Klassen, Damian Evans, Terry Lustig, Barry le Plastrier, and Eileen Lustig, “Evaluating the Sustainability of an Angkor-Period Engineered Landscape at Koh Ker, Cambodia.” Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (April 15-19).

2015

Sarah Klassen and Joyce White, “Preliminary Analysis using Middle Mekong Archaeological Project GIS data: A Model to Recommend Prehistoric Agrarian Sites in the Middle Mekong Basin for Excavation,” Asian Network for GIS-based Historical Studies (Japan), Bangkok, Thailand (January 5-6).

2014

Kim Samnang, Sarah Klassen, and Joyce White, “Hoabinhian Landscape Use in Luang Prabang Province: A Geospatial Assessment,” the 20th Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Congress, Siem Reap, Cambodia (January 12-18).

2014

Sarah Klassen and Joyce White, “Modeling Relative Access to Arable Land in the Mekong Basin, Laos.” Society for American Archaeology 79th Annual Meeting, Austin, TX (April 23-27).

 

Posters

2017

Ruby Kerwin and Sarah Klassen, “Developing Typologies for Architectural Elements of Angkorian Period Temples.” Society for American Archaeology 82nd Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC (March 29 – April 2).

2016

Sarah Klassen, “Lessons from Collapse: The Adaptive Capacity of the Water Management System of Koh Ker, Cambodia.” Institute for Social Science Research, Interdisciplinary Research Symposium, Tempe, AZ (March 16)

2015

Sarah Klassen, Damian Evans, Terry Lustig, Barry le Plastrier, and Eileen Lustig, “Evaluating the Sustainability of an Angkor-Period Engineered Landscape at Koh Ker, Cambodia.” Graduate and Professional Student Association, ASU, Interdisciplinary Research Symposium, Tempe, AZ (March 17)

2013

Sarah Klassen, “Social Identities and Design Interpretation of Mimbres Black-on-White Bowls.” Society for American Archaeology 78th Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI (April 3-7).

2010

Sarah Klassen, “El Antigual: a Test of the Representativeness of Surface Material.” Society for American Archaeology 75th Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO (April 14-18).

 

CAMPUS TALKS

2017

Sarah Klassen and Chris Schwartz, “Thinking about graduate school in the social sciences?” panelist, ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Tempe, Arizona (April 19).

2012

Sarah Klassen, “2012 Field Season at Roadmap Village, Mimbres Prehistoric Landscapes Project,” School of Human Evolution and Social Change, ASU Archaeology Brown Bag, Tempe, Arizona (Oct 5).

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor, “Humans and the Environment,” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, ASU (Fall 2017).

Supervisor, Internship, ASU (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

Lecturer and Field Instructor, East Asia Summit International Field School, Yusof Ishak Institute, Koh Ker, Cambodia (December 2015, Summer 2016)

Teaching Assistant, Mogollon Prehistoric Landscapes Project (MPLP), ASU, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico (Summer 2012)

AP World History and AP American History Instructor, The Princeton Review, Seoul, South Korea (Spring 2011)

English Teacher and Curriculum Developer, New York Speaking Group, Seoul, South Korea (Summer 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011)

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2016- Pres.

Project Director, Archaeological Data (archaeologicaldata.org), San Francisco, CA

2017-Pres.

Co-Lead Investigator, Cambodian Archaeological Lidar Initiative, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2013-Pres.

Geographic Information System Research Associate, Greater Angkor Project, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2013-Pres.

Research Associate, Khmer Archaeology Lidar Consortium, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2017

Site Director, Ground Penetrating Radar Investigations at Angkor Thom, Greater Angkor Project, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2015-2017

Partner (Koh Ker and Angkor), Cambodian Archaeological Lidar Initiative, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2012-2017

Laboratory Coordinator, Barrett Honors College Graduate Research Associate, Easter Mimbres Archaeological Project, ASU, Tempe, AZ

2016-2017

Project Director, Ground Verification of Temple Sites, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2016

Site Director, Ground Penetrating Radar Investigations at the Northern Chute at Koh Ker, École française d'Extrême-Orient, Koh Ker, Cambodia

2015

Site co-Director, Excavations of the Northern Chute at Koh Ker, École française d'Extrême-Orient, Koh Ker, Cambodia

2014

Field Technician, Pedestrian Survey of the Water Management Features of Koh Ker, the University of Sydney, Koh Ker, Cambodia

2013

Total Station Technician, South African Coast Paleoclimate, Paleoenvironment, Paleoecology, Paleoanthropology Project and Mossel Bay Archaeological Project (SACP4/MAP), ASU, Mossel Bay, South Africa

2011-2012

Digital Data Curator, Digital Antiquity, Tempe, AZ

 

MENTORING EXPERIENCE

2017

Supervisor, ASU Undergraduate Research Apprentices, “Hydroelectric power in Chile,” Tempe, AZ

2016

Mentor, ASU Undergraduate Research Apprentices, “Developing Typologies for Architectural Elements of Angkorian Period Temples,” Greater Angkor Project, Tempe, AZ

2012-2017

Mentor for Incoming Graduate Students, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, ASU, Tempe, AZ

2012-2017

Supervisor, ASU Undergraduate Research Assistants, Eastern Mimbres Archaeological Project Lab, Tempe, AZ

2014-2016

Mentor, Dartmouth College Rockefeller Alumni Mentoring Program, Tempe, AZ

2014

Mentor, ASU Undergraduate Research Apprentices, “Mapping Angkor,” Greater Angkor Project, Tempe, AZ

 

STUDENT THESIS AND DISSERTATION ADVISING

2017-2018

Thesis Committee Member, Ruby Kerwin, Undergraduate Honors Thesis: Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University, Temple AZ

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Discipline

2016

Volunteer, Society for American Archaeology 81th Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL

2012-2015

Travel Grant Reviewer, The Graduate and Professional Student Association, ASU, Tempe, AZ

2015

Volunteer, Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

2014

Volunteer, Society for American Archaeology 79th Annual Meeting, Austin, TX

2013

Volunteer, Society for American Archaeology 78th Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI

2012

Volunteer, Society for American Archaeology 77th Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN

 

Department

2012-2013

Treasurer, Association of All Graduate Students, ASU, Tempe, AZ

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Society for American Archaeology

Association of Mainland Southeast Asia Scholars

Graduate Women in Science

 

REFERENCES

  • Ben Nelson
  • Associate Director and Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change
  • Arizona State University
  • SHESC 233 P.O. Box 872402
  • Tempe, AZ 85287-2402
  • Phone: (480) 727-0565
  • bnelson@asu.edu
  • Charles Redman
  • Founding Director, School of Sustainability
  • School of Sustainability, PO Box 875502
  • Arizona State University
  • Tempe, AZ 85287-5502
  • Phone: (480) 965-2923
  • charles.redman@asu.edu
  • Damian Evans
  • Research Fellow
  • École française d'Extrême-Orient
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Phone: +33682357568
  • damian.evans@efeo.net
  • Roland Fletcher
  • Professor of Theoretical and World Archaeology
  • A22 – Old Teachers’ College
  • The University of Sydney
  • Phone: +61 2 9351 7813
  • Roland.fletcher@sydney.edu.au
  • Kyle Latinis
  • Research Fellow, Field School Director
  • Nalanda – Sriwijaya Centre
  • ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Singapore
  • Phone: 6778 0955
  • David_kyle_latinis@iseas.edu.sg