Dr. Van Vlack is an applied cultural anthropologist specializing in Native North America and the Caribbean. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona in 2012 where she remained for four years following as a Post-doctoral Research Associate. Over the past fourteen years she has worked with 32 tribes across the U.S. Southwest, Great Basin, Midwest, and California, as well as people of the Caribbean.
She is currently the President of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology. She has received numerous research and travel grants, including the Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund for Dissertation Research. In 2009, she was awarded The Friedl and Martha Lang Student Award by the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology.