Dr. Powis joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in August 2005. He received his master’s degree in anthropology at Trent University in Ontario, Canada, and his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an archaeologist who conducts research in the Maya Lowlands of Belize, Central America. He specializes in Maya pottery, diet and subsistence, and the evolution of complex societies. His recent research has focused on the origin of chocolate in the New World. He teaches Principles of Archaeology, Maya Archaeology, North American Archaeology, Indians of North America, and Social Issues: Perspectives in Anthropology.