Laura J. Kosakowsky began her career in archaeology as an undergraduate at Stanford University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology in 1976. She worked at a number of sites in California, the American Southwest, England, and Italy before attending the University of Arizona, where she specialized in Maya archaeology. She spent part of each ensuing year living and working in Belize and completed her doctoral degree in 1983 on the ceramics from the site of Cuello. Since that time she has returned to Belize to do postdoctoral research on the ceramics from the site of Nohmul. Dr. Kosakowsky has served as an instructor and research associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona and has authored or co-authored several publications on Maya archaeology.