Emily Van Alst

Emily Van Alst

Ph.D. Student, Anthropology

Biography

Emily Van Alst is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology who is of Sihasapa Lakota descent. She graduated from Yale University in 2016 with a double major in Archaeology and Anthropology. Her research focuses on indigenous women's participation in the creation and use of rock art in pre-contact society on the Northern Plains. She uses the lenses of indigenous archaeology, feminist archaeology, and indigenous feminism to frame her work within a broader social context. Emily’s commitment to diversity is evident in her research and teaching. She continuously engages students in matters of diversity across race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality, creating welcoming and productive spaces for all.