David McIntosh

Doctoral Student

I am a Ph.D. student in the department of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I am currently exploring the history of anthropology, human paleontology, and evolutionary biology. My research examines human origin narratives from a variety of sources, especially Abrahamic systems and scientific theories. I am interested in elucidating humanity's ongoing quest to comprehend its own provenance, as well as grasp the beliefs and methodologies that provide these understandings. I also endeavor to continue practicing archaeology and historic preservation. Owing largely to a sixteen-year career in information technology, I have a passion for the digital humanities.

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Academic Focus

IT Skillset

Academic Experience

  • University of California Santa Barbara, 2015 - Present

    Doctoral Student, Department of History

    Research focus: History of Science, paleoanthropology, black studies, religion.

  • New Mexico State University, Fall 2013 - Summer 2015

    Master of Arts, History; Concentration in Public History; Graduate Minor in Archaeology

    Thesis title: “The Introduction of Dendrochronology to Southwestern U.S. Archaeology: innovative technology and the production of knowledge in scholarly research.”

  • City University of New York Hunter College, Fall 2011 - Spring 2014

    Master of Arts, Anthropology

    Thesis title: “Foundations of 20th Century United States Drug Legislation: the moral roots of drug prohibition.”

  • Miami University, Fall 2009 - Summer 2011

    Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology

    Areas of Concentration: Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, History of Religion.

Professional Experience

  • New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services, Fall 2013 - Fall 2015

    IT Coordinator

    Engaged with faculty and staff to troubleshoot IT problems, revamped web presence, and managed IT initiatives as directed.

  • Experis, Inc., Spring 2013 - Fall 2013

    Project Manager

    Directly interacted with clients, account managers and solution architects to identify, develop, qualify, and obtain complete information for solutions including hardware, software and services, and complete proposal/statement-of-work development.

  • Miami University Division of IT Services, Winter 2005 - Fall 2011

    IT Project Coordinator

    Guided technical support for over 16,000 members of the Miami University community. Supervised service transitions into production, focusing on end-user satisfaction and support for new services.

  • Butler County, Ohio. Winter 2000 - Winter 2005

    Project Manager

    Database development and administration, web development and administration, GIS development including digital manipulation of political jurisdictions and real estate parcels. .

Current Research

  • Human Paleontology

    History of Human Paleontology

    UCSB Department of History

    My current interests are based in understanding the circustances by which paleoanthropologists strived to reach concensus on the human family tree 1920-1970.

  • Charles Di Peso

    Charles Di Peso

    UCSB Department of History

    Beginning spring 2016, I have started research on Charles Di Peso and the Amerind Foundation. I am interested in the excavations performed at Casas Grandes, Mexico and the subsequent eight-volume site report..

Previous Projects

  • White Sands Missile Range

    Historical Preservation and Archaeology

    U.S. Army - White Sands Missile Range

  • Elegant Website

    Armijo House Adobe Restoration

    Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce; Las Cruces, NM

  • The BOX

    Cottonwood Springs Pueblo 2014 excavations

    New Mexico State University

  • Black Magazine Portal

    Mesilla Park Historic District Initative

    New Mexico State University

  • Interactive Website

    Virtual Biological Anthropology Lab

    Miami University