Sara Bon-Harper
Executive Director, Highland

Sara Bon-Harper is the Executive Director of Highland, the home of James Monroe in Albemarle County, Virginia. She has held this position since September 2012. She earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Classics from the University of Arizona. Before coming to Highland, she worked as Archaeological Research Manager at Monticello (1999-2012), where she led a team investigating lost elements of the plantation landscape and developed a passion for reaching multiple audiences through interpretation of research about the past. Sara has taught at the University of Virginia, and has also conducted archaeological research and trained archaeological students in Europe and North America. Her research has focused on Roman peripheries in Italy and France as well as the disenfranchised in state societies, with topical expertise in archaeological ceramics and research methods. She has lectured and written about a variety of topics, including the analysis of archaeological data, landscapes of slavery, and the construction of historic narratives. Her current focus at Highland is sharing the relevance of James Monroe in understanding U.S. history as well as current social and political debates.