Erin Benson

 Erin Benson

Contact Information

109 Davenport Hall
607 S. Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801
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Erin Benson is a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Archaeologist for the Illinois State Archaeological Survey. Erin's research focuses on issues of identity, particularly at the household and community scale, and how constructions of community emerge through relationships between persons, places, materials, and practices and intersect with broader sociopolitical processes. As a Midwestern archaeologist, Erin's work focuses on Cahokia and its surrounding hinterlands.

Research Interests

  • Eastern Woodlands, household and community identity, Mississippian


  • 2017 MA University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2009 BA Case Western Reserve University

Distinctions / Awards

  • Registered Professional Archaeologist