Who We Are

Dr. Lewis Borck

Founding Director

Lewis is an assistant professor at New Mexico Highlands University and a founding member of the Black Trowel Collective and a founding committee member for their microgrants initiative for BIPOC and working class archaeology students. He has worked at the Missouri University Research Reactor in the archaeometry group, as an Assistant Professor at the Universiteit Leiden, at the research and outreach nonprofit Archaeology Southwest, at the University of Arizona, and for various private contract companies and land management agencies as an archaeologist. Prior to archaeology he was unionized factory labor, managed a large nightclub, was a professional musician, and worked construction and maintenance, among other odd jobs.

Lewis is currently partnered with the Institute for Field Research and is running a field school in northern New Mexico. He has published multiple articles and book chapters on how social movements and contentious politics shaped religion and politics through time as well as how modern politics and worldviews shape the histories and archaeologies we construct, including how we recreate the histories and ideals of the “Western Civilization” in the deep past.

He has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren, Archaeology Southwest, Institute for Field Archaeology, and various local and regional institutions.

Ashley Tsosie-Mahieu, Ed. M.

Founding Board Member

Ashley (Navajo Nation) is a recovering academic, digital media specialist, museum and nonprofit enthusiast, startup aficionado, short film producer, and short story writer.

By day, Ashley is the head digital media specialist of House Edge Digital, a marketing agency specializing in tribal casinos. Ashley is at the helm of organizing and strategizing social media campaigns and reputation management for casino clients across the U.S.

By night, Ashley is a startup champion. She has worked with and for several local and national startup organizations and companies and is dedicated to launching startup companies and creating a flourishing startup ecosystem in Tucson. She currently is a Director of Founder Institute Tucson, the latest chapter of the world’s premier pre-seed startup accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley. In addition to work with Founder Institute, she helps to run an online startup community called xTucson. She has participated in and mentored for numerous Startup Weekends, Thryve programs, and YC Combinator’s Startup School and has also judged and organized several startup competitions, including IdeaFunding.

Most recently, Ashley was elected Treasurer of the Pascua Yaqui Development Corporation, an economic development arm of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe

With a background in academia, American Indian Studies and Education; museums and nonprofits; and tribal outreach and consultation, Ashley is thrilled to bring her knowledge and expertise to The History Underground! 

Jaye S. Smith

Founding Board Member

Jaye is the former President and current member of the Board of Directors for The Rocksmiths, Inc., a multi-national geological supply firm based in Tucson, Arizona serving the needs of collectors and academia from 1979 through 2003.  Jaye was one of the founding partners of The Rocksmiths and also served as an Officer and Board Member of Good Enough Mine Tours, Inc. in Tombstone, Arizona.

Jaye’s current volunteer activities include Team Lead for the Robinson Collection Project at Archaeology Southwest; Gallina Landscapes of History Field School under the direction of Dr. Lewis Borck; and Vice Chair of the Council of Allied Societies for the Society of American Archaeology (SAA).  Jaye’s previous volunteer endeavors include the Homol’ovi Research Project and the Point of Pine Research Project at the University of Arizona; Edge of Salado Project and Lower Gila River Ethnographic and Archaeological Project at Archaeology Southwest; and former co-chair of the Archeologist-Collector Collaboration Interest Group at SAA.

Jaye’s life outside of volunteering and philanthropy is devoted to her parents, Eldon and Jean Smith, and preserving the memory of her loving husband of 28 years, William T. Lawrence, through the Smith Living Trust.

Leigh Anne Ellison, M.A.

Founding Board Member

Leigh Anne has served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Digital Antiquity. While at CDA, Leigh Anne worked as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator and later the Program Manager. She has extensive professional experience including work as a Project Director for archaeological fieldwork in Mexico and Honduras, where she studied social variability among commoners. She also has considerable field experience in the US, working as a Field Archaeologist on various projects throughout Hawaii, Arizona, and Colorado. Leigh Anne holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Art History from Wellesley College.

Dr. Lindsay M. Montgomery

Founding Board Member

Lindsay is an assistant professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Her work draws on decolonizing methods in ethnohistory and Indigenous Archaeology to investigate the histories of Indigenous Peoples in the American Southwest as well as how these communities negotiate and resist Western settler colonialism. Her current research revolves around a multi-institutional collaborative research project with Picuris Pueblo in New Mexico. The project seeks to understand the nature and extent of Picuris’ role within the evolving inter-ethnic economic networks of the northern Rio Grande between 1400-1750 CE.

Montgomery is currently a Hrdy Fellow in the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard. While at Radcliffe she is working on a book entitled A History of Mobility, which draws on Indigenous though and historiography to investigate the social practices of mobile hunter-gatherers in the northern Rio Grande region of New Mexico. Using the notion of persistent places as a framework, this book will document the various ways that mobile communities have used, marked, and conceptualized the Rio Grande landscape from 5,000 BC into the nineteenth century.

Montgomery is co-author alongside Chip Colwell of Objects of Survivance (University of Colorado Press, 2019), which investigates the history and legacy of Indian Education among several American Indian communities across the American West. She has also published scholarly research in the Journal of Social Archeology, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Advances in Archaeological Practice, and Museum Anthropology. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic-Waitt Foundation, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Dr. Lindsey Raisa Feldman

Founding Board Member

Lindsey is an Assistant Professor of Applied Anthropology at the University of Memphis. She received her PhD in anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2018, and wrote her dissertation on the meanings of work for incarcerated wildland firefighters in Arizona. Her current research centers on the relationship between masculine identity and prison recidivism in Memphis, TN.

Dr. Feldman has extensive research experience, conducting her own research and serving several roles at the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She also has experience as a board member, with her last position being President of the Board of Directors at the Tucson, AZ nonprofit Old Pueblo Community Services. She currently sits on the board of The History Underground and the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope.

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