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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

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 

 

Education


 

Grants

2019 - National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Grant, From Slavery to Freedom, African Diaspora Archaeology at the Estate Little Princess. (submitted 12/5/18) 

2019 - 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. $400,000

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. $400,000

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

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

2018 - Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program Alternate

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

 

 

 

 

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

2019 - In Preparation “Dress and Structural Violence at the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Class.”

2018 - Authors: Justin Dunnavant, Ayana 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

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

2017 - Review of Spill, by Alexis Pauline Gumbs. In Ethnic 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


 

 

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


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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected Papers Presented


 

 

 

 

Invited Panels

 

 

 

 

 

2018  - Talk The University of Tulsa Spring Helmerich Center for American Research Symposium

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

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

2016Talk Given at the Sankofa 5 Conference Reflections on the New York African Burial Ground 25 Years Since, in Williamsburg, VirginiaSociety of Black Archaeologist and The Future of The Discipline

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

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

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