Helen received degrees in Anthropology from Stanford University (MA, PhD) and Harvard University (BA cum laude). Her scholarly research investigates the intersection of cultural heritage policy, development and the state at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Turkey. Prior to coming to Washington University in St. Louis in 2015, she managed the successful inscription of the Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük on the UNESCO World Heritage List and developed exhibitions for the Archaeological Site Museum of Troy.
At WashU, she combines her commitment to students and her extensive research experience, guiding students as they initiate research, find and apply for undergraduate research funding, and present their findings. Having conducted archaeological research in Bolivia as an undergraduate, as well as doctoral dissertation research as a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, she appreciates that research experiences are personally and professionally transformative, but also benefit from close mentoring. In addition to advising, Helen manages the office of undergraduate research’s programs, including running the selection process for OUR research awards and the biannual Undergraduate Research Symposia.