Kathryn Sorensen, PhD

Kathryn Sorensen, PhD

College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Kathryn Sorensen is an Assistant Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. She obtained a PhD and a Master’s degree in Anthropology with a specialty in Archaeology from the University of California, Riverside. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from the University of California. Dr. Sorensen has 10 years of teaching experience at various colleges and universities, the majority of which have been online. Her research interests include ancient Maya settlement patterns, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis in archaeology, and the application of technology in online anthropology courses. She conducted extensive field research in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, focusing on the ideological aspects of ancient Maya community planning. She also acted as Field Director and GIS Manager for the Yalahau Regional Human Ecology Project and was responsible for the organization and management of all aspects of an archaeological field school, including supervision and direction of field work, conducting seminars, teaching survey methods, overall project maintenance, and managing the data collection and map compilation using GIS software. Dr. Sorensen has been with Ashford since 2011. She is very excited about being part of an organization like Ashford because it provides a venue for non-traditional students to meet their educational goals and expand their worldviews through the study of anthropology. Her advice to all students is to “master the art of time management. It will serve you well in both your education and career!”