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CurriculumVitae

“To accept one’s past – one’s history – is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought.” ― James Baldwin


Education

2018 - Ph.D., Department of Anthropology – University of Texas at Austin.  

2014 - M.A. African and African Diaspora Studies – University of Texas at  Austin.

2011 - B.A., Anthropology (SummaCum Laude) & Minor in African American Studies - University of Florida 


Grants

2019 -2020 Wenner Gren - Post-Ph.D. Research Grant. P.I. Ayana Flewellen - $13,000

2019 - Slave Wrecks Project – Joint project between the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and George Washington University. P.I. Ayana Flewellen, Co-PI Justin Dunnavant - $15,000

2019 - 2021 University of California-Historically Black Colleges and Universities Initiative (UC-HBCU). Summer Research Internship Support Grant. University of California. Research Methods in African Diaspora Archaeology. P.I. J. Cameron Monroe. $250,000

2018 - Slave Wrecks Project – Joint project between the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and George Washington University. P.I. Ayana Flewellen, Co-PI Justin Dunnavant - $15,000

2018 - University of California-Historically Black Colleges and Universities Initiative (UC-HBCU). Summer Research Internship Support Grant. University of California. Research Methods in African Diaspora Archaeology. P.I. J. Cameron Monroe. $150,000

2017 - Slave Wrecks Project – Joint project between the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and George Washington University. P.I. Justin Dunnavant, Co-P.I. Ayana Flewellen - $15,000


Scholarships and Fellowship

2019 - Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies’ Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery Short-term Fellowship

2018-2019 - University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

2017-2018 - University Graduate Continuing Fellowship - University of Texas at Austin

2017 - Ford Dissertation Writing Fellowship Honorable Mention

2016 - Graduate Student Travel Award, University of Texas at Austin Graduate School

2013 - NSF Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention

2012-2014 - UT COLA Thematic Graduate Fellowship


Awards

2018 - Society of Historical Archaeology’s Gender and Minority Affairs Committee Diversity Field School Award – for the 2017 Estate Little Princess Field School

2016 - Ada Anderson Youth and Arts Honoree – Austin Trailblazers Award


Publications

Under Review:

2019 - “African Diasporic Choices: Locating the Lived Experiences of Afro-Crucians in the Archaeological and Archival Record.” In Nordic Journal of Information Science and Cultural Mediation (peer reviewed).

2019 - “Dress and Labor: An Intersectional Analysis of Clothing and Adornment Artifacts Recovered from the Levi Jordan Plantation.” In Archaeologies (peer reviewed).

Published:

2018 - Authors: Justin Dunnavant, Ayana O. Flewellen, Alexandra Jones, Alicia Odewale, and William White III. “Assessing Heritage Resources in St. Croix Post-Hurricanes Irma and Maria.” In Transforming Anthropology (peer reviewed). Vol. 26, Number 2, pp. 157–172 

2018 - Odewale, Alicia, Justin Dunnavant, Ayana Omilade Flewellen, and Alexandra Jones. “Archaeology for the Next Generation.” Anthropology News website, January 2, 2018. https:// doi.org/10.1111/an.729 

2017 - “LocatingMarginalized Historical Narratives at Kingsley Plantation.” In Historical Archaeology (peer reviewed). 51(1), 71-87

2017 - Review of Spill, by Alexis Pauline Gumbs. InEthnic and Third World Literatures, Volume 16, Hybrid Archives and Crossed Disciplines. Vol. 17, Spring 2017

2016 - Review of Yabo, by Alexis De. Veaux, In Ethnic and Third World Literatures, Volume 15, Hybrid Archives and Crossed Disciplines. Vol 16, Spring 2012

2012 - Co-Authored with Justin Dunnavant “Society of Black Archaeologists.” The African Diaspora Archaeology Network Newsletter. Spring 2012

Technical: 

2019 -  Flewellen, Ayana O., Dunnavant, Justin, Alicia Odewale, William A. White, III, and Alexandra Jones Estate Little Princess Preliminary Report 2017, 12VAm-1-197, Plot 46. Society of Black Archaeologists Report 01-2019. 

2017 - Dunnavant, Justin, Ayana O. Flewellen, and William A. White, III
Research Design for the Estate Little Princess Archaeological Field School in St. Croix,  U.S. Virgin Islands. Society for Black Archaeologists Report 01-2018. 


Teaching Experience

2016 - 2017 - Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Anthropology. Courses: Historical Archaeology Artifact Analysis; Intro to Archaeology

Summer 2016 -Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, Antioch Colony Archaeology Field School.

2014 - 2016 - Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, African and African Diaspora Studies Department. Courses: Intro to African and African Diaspora Studies; Urban Unrest; Mass Incarceration; Intro to Black Feminism and Womanism. 

Summer 2015 - Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, Antioch Colony Archaeology Field School.


Research Experience

June 2018 - Principle Investigator, Estate Little Princess Archaeological Field School, St. Croix, USVI

June 2017 - Co-principle Investigator with Justin Dunnavant, Estate Little Princess Archaeological Field School, St. Croix, USVI

2016 - 2018 -  Coordinator under the auspices of the Slave Wrecks Project, the Society of Black Archaeologists and Diving With A Purpose in the creation of a marine and terrestrial  archaeology training program, St. Croix, USVI 

2016- 17Intern, The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, Austin

2014-PresentLaboratoryTechnician, UniversityofTexas at Austin,Texas HistoricalArchaeologyLaboratory

Summer 2014Graduate Student Volunteer Excavator, Monmouth University, Nevis Heritage Survey Project., systematic excavations of 18thcentury British Fort. PI: Edward Tennant-Gonzalez 

Spring 2012Intern, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Spring Internship. Intern Supervisor: Dr. Deborah Mack

Summer 2012 -   ResearchFellow, Breaking New Ground research fellowship funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  PIs: Dr. Mark R Schultz and Dr. Adrienne Petty.

Summer 2012 - Intern, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Summer Internship. Intern Supervisor: Dr. Elaine Nichols 

Summer 2011Field School, University of Florida, Tanzania Field School in Heritage Management Studies. PI: Dr. Peter Schmidt 

2011-Present Oral History Project Coordinator for the Society of Black Archaeologists Oral History Project 

Spring 2011Intern, University of Florida, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Spring Internship. Intern Supervisor: Dr. Paul Ortiz

Summer 2010Field School, University of Florida, Kingsley Plantation Field School. PI: Dr. James Davidson

2009-2011 - LaboratoryTechnician, University of Florida, Historical Archaeology Laboratory


Selected Papers Presented

2017 - Sustainable Archaeology: The 2017 Estate Little Princess Archaeological Field School in St. Croix. Association of American Anthropology Annual Conference, Washington, DC

2017  - Co-presented with Justin Dunnvant. Community Archaeology and Capacity Building: The 2017 Estate Little Princess Archaeological Field School in St. Croix. International Association for Caribbean Archaeology Conference, St. Croix 

2017 - Digging in Our Mothers’ Gardens: Unearthing Formations of Black Womanhood, Society for Historical Archaeology, Dallas, TX. 

2016 - Speaking with Elders to Build New Futures: The Society of Black Archaeologists and the Need to Document the Researcher’s Experience, Association of American Anthropology Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

2016 - Adornment as Akin to Freedom: African American Women and Identity Formations. Association for the Study of African American Life and History,

2015 - Three Bozals: An Exploration of Possibility.African and African Diaspora Studies Department Graduate Seminar Series, University of Texas at Austin

2014 - Co-organizer and co-chair, with Justin P. Dunnavant, “Theorizing African Diaspora Archaeology” symposium.   Annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Canada. 

2014 - Interrogating Notions of Freedom and Enslavement Through the Representation of Anna Kingsley at Kingsley Plantation.Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City. 


Invited Talks

2019 - National Museum Of Women In The Arts, FRESH TALK: Accessory to Action—Adorning Wakanda.

2019 - The University of California, Los Angeles: A Black Feminist Archaeology of Adornment

2019 - TomTom Festival, Charlottesville, Virginia: Dressing for the Times: African American Dress Practices Post-emancipation  

2019 - The University of California, Los Angeles Gender and Slavery Symposium: Colonial Surveillance and Sartorial Choice Among the Enslaved in the Danish West Indies 

2019 - The University of California, Riverside: The Clothes on Their Backs:  Interpreting Sartorial Practices of Self-Making Within The African Diaspora

2019 - The University of California, San Diego: A Black Feminist Archaeology of Sartorial Choice in Post-emancipation Texas

2018 - The University of California, Merced: The Clothes on Their Backs: Sartorial Practices of Self-making at the Estate Little Princess

2018 - Friends of The National Park Service St. Croix: Summer Lecture Series Sustainable Archaeology: The Estate Little Princess Archaeology Project

2018 - The University of Tulsa Spring Helmerich Center for American Research Symposium. The Genesis of the Society of Black Archaeologists 

2017 - Queen’s College, The City University of New York. Black Feminist Archaeology and the Quest for Sustainable Archaeological Praxis,

2017 - University of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center:Sustainable Archaeology: The 2017 Estate Little Princess Archaeological Field School in St. Croix

2016 - Sankofa 5 Conference Reflections on the New York African Burial Ground 25 Years Since, in Williamsburg, Virginia:Society of Black Archaeologist and The Future of The Discipline

2016 - Panelist at the 2016 Gloria Anzaldúa Bruncheon at the University of Texas at Austin “For Queer People of Color and Allies,” 

2015 - Moderator of artist talk, The George Washington Carver Museum’s Conversations with Contemporary Artist featuring Professor John Yancey