About Me

My name is Fernanda Neubauer. I am the author of the book Fire-Cracked Rock Analysis: A Guide to Function, Cooking and Interpretation, the first-ever manual for the study of fire-cracked rock (FCR). I am currently a Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the Department of Anthropology. I am also an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

I received my PhD and MA in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a full scholarship grant from the CAPES Foundation, a Brazilian agency within the Ministry of Education; and my BA and teaching degrees in History (Licenciatura and Bacharelado degrees) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, with funding from the CNPq and FAPERGS Foundations. I also received an Archaeological Technician Certificate, and studied for a year in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Illinois State University as a visiting scholar and exchange student.

Since 2005, I have been working on research projects in North and South America, including long-term projects carried out in collaboration with indigenous communities. My research won several paper awards:

  • 2016 – Midwest Archaeological Conference Student Paper Competition Award
  • 2015 – Midwest Archaeological Conference Student Paper Competition Award
  • 2012 – Graduate Women in Science Seminar Paper Competition Award
  • 2005 – Outstanding Paper Award, Demonstration of Scientific Research at the Porto-Alegrense College

Online Profiles:


Galery of Lithic Design

Email: fneubauer@ucla.edu / fneubauer@wisc.edu