Elizabeth Baker Brite is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Honors College at Auburn University. Currently, she is teaching Sustainability as part of an interdisciplinary faculty team for the Honors College core curriculum.

Liz earned her B.A. in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2011 from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is an archaeologist who has worked in many parts of the world, including the American Southwest, Peru, India, and Uzbekistan. Her research focuses on human-environmental interactions in Central Asia, with particular interests in the ways these societies have adapted to environmental change. Her dissertation focused on the Aral Sea region in Uzbekistan, where she explored the connections between water scarcity, agro-pastoral subsistence practices, and ancient political institutions in this region. Through this research, Liz emphasizes the ways that sustainable adaptations to environmental change are embedded in all aspects of societies, from our daily life practices to our political and economic structures.

Liz is busily working to bring to publication the results of her dissertation research while in residence at Auburn University. She is also enjoying the beautiful green landscapes of Alabama and quality time with her dog Henry.

Last Updated: August 30, 2012