Dr. Shinu Anna Abraham (Chair and Associate Professor, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is an archaeologist specializing in ancient Indian Ocean trade and its impact on the emergence of social complexity in early south India. She has done archaeological fieldwork in Egypt, Israel, India, and the US. Dr. Abraham has two ongoing research projects: the systematic surface survey of the Early Historic port site of Pattanam in Kerala, India, and the investigation south India glass beads to reconstruct both Indian Ocean exchange patterns and ancient south Indian craft production processes. She is also interested in the archaeology of ethnic/religious identities, state formation, and archaeological theory. Dr. Abraham teaches Introduction to Archaeology as well as courses on ancient civilization, archaeology and identity, and archaeological method and theory. As senior editor, Dr. Abraham recently published Connections and Complexity: New Approaches to the Archaeology of South and Central Asia, by Left Coast Press in 2013.