Tracey Tichnell holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University. Her doctoral studies focused on how groups lost power as societies became more complex. Her fieldwork included three seasons in Mongolia, which included work on a National Geographic project, and one season with the British Museum in Sudan excavating Medieval sites.
Tracey joined APRI in February 2014 and she now uses her fondness for statistical analysis to make complex data easier to comprehend so that it can be applied to real-world policy problems. She has two dogs, a Jack Russell named Jenny and a shelter mutt named Sirius, who would prefer that she spend less time with her books and more time hiking and fly fishing someplace where they could chase squirrels.