Not many people can take their passion and turn it into a profession. Professor Mark Hauser has done just that, going above and beyond in his line of work. Achieving his doctoral degree from Syracuse University in 2001, he has spent his career focused on materiality, slavery, and inequality.

His first book comes from his dissertation. In it, Mark Hauser focuses on how the trading of slaves affected the material world. More in-depth, it is the first book to look at slave-made pottery from a perspective of production and distribution. We are talking about the production and distribution of the slaves though, not the pottery.

He is currently working on his second book, which looks at two sugar plantations from the eighteenth century in Dominica. He focuses on the community and the social life of the slave laborers. For this book, he looks at maps in two different ways: from the colonizing discourses and everyday practices that might reveal predicaments with the land changing. In doing so, he also maps objects and landscape features. Making this book even more credible, Mark Hauser has been working the last ten years with the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Science Foundation to make sure it is accurate and up-to-date.

In addition to the two books, he has also written ten other scholarly articles in the last several years, he is providing valuable information out there for others who are interested in archeology or anthropology. It seems Mark Hauser has truly found the intersection of passion and purpose, creating a greater good for all involved.

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