October 14, 2016 at 9:27 am

Alum Talks about Her Archaeology Career with USDA Rural Development

Ohio University alum Basia Howard started her career as a Student Trainee with the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Utilities Service and now works there as a federal archaeologist.

She talked about her career at the OHIO Archaeology Field School Alumni Panel on Oct. 14.

After graduating from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University in 2011 with a B.A. in Anthropology, Howard earned a Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership from Cleveland Sate University, then a Master’s degree in Public Anthropology from American University in 2016.

Basia Howard

Howard’s job is to ensure that the agency is compliant with the various regulations, statues, polices, and executive orders dealing with historic preservation.

As one of two staff archaeologists in Rural Development, she helps the environmental team review loan applications for water, electric, and telecommunications facilities that serve rural populations across America.

“I enjoy the challenging nature of this position, opportunities to engage in policy work, help my fellow Americans, and the opportunity to learn about the pre- and historic culture of America,” she says.

Her research interests that include: sneakers, material culture, commodities, and gender.

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