Jason Laffoon holds concurrent positions as a postdoctoral researcher at Leiden University and the VU University Amsterdam. He obtained his BA (2004) and MA (2006) in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his PhD in Caribbean Archaeology (2012) from Leiden University. His main research interests focus on integrating bioarchaeological and biochemical approaches to the study of patterns of mobility/migration, diet, and exchange.
Jason’s PhD project was embedded within the larger NWO-funded research project Communicating Communities in the Circum-Caribbean. For his PhD dissertation Patterns of Paleomobility in the Ancient Antilles: An Isotopic Approach, he carried out a large-scale isotope study of animal and human skeletal remains from prehistoric and proto-historic sites in the Caribbean to document spatial, temporal, and societal variation in patterns of human migration.
Since 1 September 2013, he is working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Caribbean Research Group (Leiden) in the NWO-funded Island Networks research project and in the Human Provenance Research Group (VU Amsterdam) in the ERC-Synergy NEXUS 1492 project. In the Island Networks project, his research addresses the exchange and circulation of animals and animal remains across the Circum-Caribbean at multiple scales. In NEXUS 1492, his research focuses on investigations of human mobility and dietary patterns and how these varied over space and time across the historical divide.
- Postdoctoral Researcher