Kiri Hagerman graduated with a PhD in Anthropological Archaeology in 2018. During her academic career, she participated in archaeological projects in Syria, Belize, Mexico, and the United States. Her undergraduate degree from Princeton University was in Art and Archaeology with a focus on Amarna period art in Ancient Egypt. In 2009, she came to UC San Diego to pursue a doctorate in Anthropological Archaeology with a focus on Mesoamerica. For her M.A. thesis, she excavated an elite household at the site of Lubaantun in Belize. Her dissertation was a regional comparative study of ceramic figurines from the Teotihuacan state in the Basin of Mexico. Her interests include household archaeology, ritual and political economy, the origins of art and its uses in ancient societies, and technological development in prehistoric societies. After graduating, she began a career in scientific publishing.