David Hoefer recently completed his master-of-arts (M.A.) degree in anthropology at the University of Louisville. After a successful career as a communications consultant and small-business owner, David decided to pursue a second career in archaeology, as a means of fulfilling a longtime passion for scholarly research and analysis. His thesis defense, on the evidence for economic agency at a pair of Archaic-Era hunter-gatherer sites in New Mexico, occurred in April 2015.
In addition to maintaining a 4.0 GPA in his graduate and undergraduate studies, David has undertaken a variety of support roles for the UofL Anthropology Department, including a graduate assistantship, the lead student role on a critical-thinking (“i2a”) committee assignment, and a part-time teaching position. David has taught several sections of two anthropology survey courses, in online and classroom formats. He was solely responsible for developing content, delivering lectures, grading performance, and administering the classes.
Taking a hands-on approach to learning archaeology, David has spent seven seasons in the field at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, where he has also served as the editor and publisher of the Ghost Ranch Archaeological Bulletin. A member of the Society of American Archaeology, David presented a poster on his research at the 2012 annual meeting in Memphis. In addition, he recently participated in an academic seminar, sponsored by the Liberty Fund in Indianapolis, on the economic theories of anthropologist, David Graeber.
David lives in the Louisville Highlands with his wife of 25 years. He and Robin have a 13-year-old son, Wyatt. In his free time, David enjoys hunting, fishing, and birding. He also volunteers in the local community, as a four-term secretary for the Warheim Park Association, and, more recently, as an assistant coach and statistician for his son’s Catholic middle-school basketball team.