Shirley Powell, who has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University, has worked at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center since 2007. She directed and was co-principal investigator of the Black Mesa Archaeological Project in northeastern Arizona between 1978 and 1987, served as professor of anthropology and director of the Archaeology Laboratory at Northern Arizona University, and was a principal investigator for Archaeological Consulting Services in Tempe. She has conducted research throughout the North American Southwest - including the Phoenix and Tonto basins, Flagstaff, northeastern Arizona, and southwestern Colorado. She is the author and editor of many book-length monographs on Ancestral Puebloan and Hohokam archaeology, senior author of Pueblo of the Mesa, the Archaeology of Black Mesa Arizona, and senior editor of Prehistoric Culture Change on the Colorado Plateau, Ten Thousand Years on Black Mesa. She has also published in the journals American Antiquity, Current Anthropology, Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory, and Kiva, and in several edited volumes.