David McIntosh began his career as an information technology professional before turning his attention toward academic study. After earning master’s degrees in anthropology and history, he arrived at UCSB in 2015 to research the inherent colonial and imperial foundations of U.S. archaeology. In particular, he examines how archaeology contributes to museums’ adoption of misleading portrayals of the Indigenous Americans of the Southwest. These critiques are not merely aimed at the twentieth-century past. Rather, David sees past racialized depictions of the indigenous as reflections of problematic racial narratives that linger to the present day.