Dr. Russell K. Skowronek earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Michigan State University in 1989. He is Professor of Anthropology and History at The University of Texas-Pan American where he also serves as the founding Director of the Community Historical
Archaeology Project with Schools.
As a research associate of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution he has spent the past three decades studying the Spanish colonial world. Dr. Skowronek has received a number of grants including some from the National Endowment
for the Humanities. He is the author or editor of dozens of articles and reports and several books including "X Marks the Spot, the Archaeology of Piracy" (with Charles Ewen-2006), "HMS Fowey Lost…And Found!" (with George Fischer-2009),
"Beneath the Ivory Tower, the Archaeology of Academia" (with Kenneth Lewis-2010) all with the University Press of Florida, and "Situating Mission Santa Clara de Asís:1776-1851, Documentary and Material Evidence of Life on the Alta
California Frontier with the Academy of American Franciscan History" (2006).