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Research Interests

Black and African-diaspora archaeology; consumerist archaeology; generational trauma, materiality, critical and critical race theory; landscape theory and development; community archaeology, urban archaeology, and other topics related to the presence of socioeconomic disparities that can be made visible through archaeology and its practice


Selected Publications

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Graduate Student
Email: ascunningham@ufl.edu


Education

  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of Florida, 2018
  • B.A. Anthropology and Criminology, University of Miami, 2016

Subfield

Biological Anthropology


Chair

Dr. Valerie Burke DeLeon


Research Interests

African diaspora, human variation, cranial morphology, virtual reconstruction, migration, critical race theory


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Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • University of Florida Graduate Student Fellowship

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Alumni
Email: dmarkus@ufl.edu


Education

  • Ph.D.
  • M.A.
  • B.A.

Subfield

Archaeology


Chair

Dr. James Davidson


Research Interests

Historical Archaeology, Jewish Diaspora Studies, African Diaspora Studies, Material Culture and Folk Beliefs, Performance Studies, North America


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Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

 

This student has graduated from the program so the information on this page may not be current.

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Alumni

Email: eshe.lewis@ufl.edu

Education

  • Ph.D.,
  • M.A.,
  • B.A.,

Subfield

Cultural Anthropology


Chair

Dr. Harrison


Research Interests

African Diaspora in the Americas, Latin America, Peru, Women’s Issues, Structural Violence, Race and Gender Inequality


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Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

 

This student has graduated from the program so the information on this page may not be current.

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Graduate Student
Email: eibarrola@ufl.edu


Education

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Florida, 2016
  • B.A., Anthropology, Rollins College, 2014

Subfield

Archaeology


Chair

Dr. James Davidson


Research Interests

Historical archaeology; African Diaspora archaeology; Ethnogenesis; Power, Resistance, and Accommodation;
Landscape and Place-making; Migration, Frontiers, and Borderlands


Selected Publications

Uneven Landscapes, Uneven Histories: Maroons in the American Historical Narrative

Cabin 1 at the Bulow Plantation (8FL7): Final Results of the 2014 and 2015 University of Florida
Archaeological Field Schools at the Bulow Plantation Historic Ruins State Park (Flagler County, FL)


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • 2019 Rothman Doctoral Fellowship; University of Florida, Center for Humanities and the Public
    Sphere
  • 2019 Doctoral Research Travel Award; University of Florida, Graduate School
  • 2018 Exceptional Course Development Award for “Race and Racism”; University of Florida,
    Instructional Technology
  • 2018 Online Education Excellence Award for “Quality of Course Materials,” Co-designer and
    Instructor of record for “Race and Racism”; University of Florida
  • 2016 University Women’s Club Graduate Award; University of Florida
  • 2016 James C. Waggoner Jr. Grant-in-Aid; University of Florida, Department of Anthropology
  • 2016 Harriet Tubman Travel Award; Society for Historical Archaeology, Gender and Minority
    Affairs Committee
  • 2014-2017 Grinter Fellowship; University of Florida, Department of Anthropology

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Alumni

Email: jdunnavant@ufl.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Florida, 2013
  • B.A., Anthropology and History, Howard University, 2009

Subfield

Archaeology


Chair

Dr. Brandt


Research Interests

Historical Archaeology of Africa and the African Diaspora, Postcolonial Theory, World Systems, Atlantic and Indian Ocean Slave Trade, Representation and Identity, Oral History, African American History, Ethnoarchaeology, Maritime Landscapes


Selected Publications

Dunnavant, Justin. In Press Access Denied: African Americans and Access to End-of-Life Care in Nineteenth Century Washington, D.C. Historical Archaeology 51(1).

Dunnavant, Justin. 2014  Excavating a Pioneer from the Archives: William Leo Hansberry and African Archaeology. The Archive Issue. Archaeological Review from Cambridge (29)2: 34-49.

King, Eleanor and Justin Dunnavant. 2008  Buffalo Soldiers and Apaches in the Guadalupe Mountains: A Review of Research at Pine Springs Camp. Bulletin of the Texas Archaeological Society 78: 87-94.

 


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Vanderbilt Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship, Fall 2018 – Spring 2020
  • University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, Fall 2017 – Spring 2018
  • Graduate School Doctoral Research Travel Award, Summer 2016
  • Charles H. Fairbanks Fellowship, Summer 2016
  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Fall 2014 – Spring 2017
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Amharic, Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Amharic, Summer 2013
  • McKnight Doctoral Fellowship, Fall 2011 – Spring 2016
  • Grinter Fellowship, Fall 2010 – Fall 2012
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Swahili, Fall 2010 – Spring 2011
  • Board of Education Summer Fellowship, Summer 2010
  • Fulbright US Scholars Program, Jamaica, Fall 2009 – Summer 2010

This student has graduated from the program so the information on this page may not be current.

Valerie Burke DeLeon
Associate Professor 
Office: Turlington Hall, Room B134
Phone: (352) 294-7592
Email: davidson@ufl.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 2004
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 1999
  • B.A. Archaeological Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1990

Research Interests

Historical archaeology (19th/20th century), African diaspora, mortuary studies, folk beliefs


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Selected Publications

Davidson, James M. (2015). “A Cluster of Sacred Symbols”: Interpreting an Act of Animal Sacrifice at Kingsley Plantation, Fort George Island, Florida (1814-1839). International Journal of Historical Archaeology 19(1).

Davidson, James M. 2014. Deconstructing the Myth of the “Hand Charm”: Mundane Clothing Fasteners and Their Curious Transformations into Supernatural Objects. Historical Archaeology 48(4).

Davidson, James M., and Karen E. McIlvoy. 2012. New Perspectives from Old Collections: Potential Artifacts of African Spirituality at Couper Plantation, Georgia. The Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 1(2):107-166.

Davidson, James M. 2012. Encountering the Ex-Slave Reparations Movement from the Grave: The National Industrial Council and National Liberty Party, 1901-1907. The Journal of African American History 97(1-2):13-38.

Davidson, James M. 2012. “They laid planks ‘crost the coffins”: The African Origin of Grave Vaulting in the United States. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 16(1):86-134.

Davidson, James M. and Robert C. Mainfort, Jr. 2012. Hidden Differences Beneath a Surface Equality: Mortuary Variability in Two Late Nineteenth-Century Cemeteries in Crawford County, Arkansas. Southeastern Archaeology 30(2):203-214.

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