Jason Laffoon is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of World Archaeology, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University.
He obtained his BA (2004) and MA (2006) in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his PhD in Archaeology (2012) from Leiden University.
Jason’s PhD project was embedded within the 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.
From 2013 to 2018, he was 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.
His main research interests focus on integrating bioarchaeological and biochemical approaches to the study of patterns of mobility/migration, diet, and exchange.