Austin graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2021 with a B.S. in History with minors in Anthropology and Religious Studies. Austin’s research interests are paleobotany in the Near East. Specifically, how botanical remains reconstruct hierarchal systems during the Bronze Age in Syria/Palestine. Austin is also interested in reconstructing a historical environment using the Old Testament to understand the dietary practices of Israelites in the Levant during the rise of Israelite civilization.