Laura Popova

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Princ Lect RMY+Hon Fac Fellow
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Biography

Laura Popova is an Honors Faculty Fellow and Principal Lectrurer at Barrett, the Honors College at ASU where she has worked since 2006. She specializes in the archaeology and paleoecology of Eurasia, especially Russia. She is affiliated with the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (https://shesc.asu.edu/people/faculty) and the Melikian Center of Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies (https://melikian.asu.edu/). Dr. Popova's research focuses on the politics of pastoral land use, past and present, highlighting the ways land use strategies shaped life choices and restructured local environments. Currently, she is an area coordinator for the LandUse6k Project (http://landuse.uchicago.edu/people/), which is part of the LandCover6K Project (http://pastglobalchanges.org/science/wg/landcover6k/intro) project. The goal of this project is to make a digital, integrative map of land cover change in the world that is linked to detailed archaeological and historical data. This map will provide policy makers and scientists a better understanding of exactly how humans have changed the world over time and how that links to climate change. In terms of teaching, Dr. Popova spends most of her time thinking about and teaching "The Human Event" to incoming first year students at Barrett. She also regularly teaches several upper division honors courses, including one on the archaeology of the Silk Road (Mummies, Monks, and Merchants), another on medieval archaeology of western Europe (Castles, Plagues, and Zombies), the Archaeology of Middle Earth, and Ursula K Le Guin: fiction and non-fiction. In terms of service, Dr. Popova is passionate about recruiting students to Barrett that reflect the diversity of Arizona. To this end, she is working with NFL Players Alumni Asociation of Arizona, Sport Metric, current Barrett students, and valley high schools to mentor students from underserved communities to help them achieve their academic potential and attend ASU and Barrett. This collaboration is called the Legend Scholars Program. More information can found here: https://barretthonors.asu.edu/LegendScholars.

Education

Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Chicago 2006

Courses

Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
HON 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 370History of Ideas
HON 394Special Topics
HON 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
HON 492Honors Directed Study
HON 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 484Internship
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
HON 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 370History of Ideas
HON 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 272The Human Event
HON 370History of Ideas
HON 492Honors Directed Study