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Christopher C. Fennell : Education and Experience


University of Virginia
PhD in anthropology, 2003

  • Concentration in historical archaeology and African diaspora archaeology.

MA in anthropology, 2000

Georgetown University Law Center
JD, 1989

  • Research Editor, American Criminal Law Review, Volume 26 (1988-1989)
  • Managed final review of all articles
  • Chaired committee for selecting articles for publication

University of Pennsylvania
MA in American civilization, 1986

  • Interdisciplinary program applying anthropological theories and methods to subjects in American history, with concentration in historical archaeology.


The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Law, 2010-present
University Scholar, 2014-2017
Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Head of Anthropology, 2010-2013
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, 2004-2010

  • Designing and teaching courses in anthropology, archaeology, African diaspora studies, and law
  • Faculty affiliate of the College of Law
  • Teaching interdisciplinary seminars in anthropology, law, social norms, and dynamics of racism
  • Faculty affiliate of the Department of Landscape Architecture, the Center for African Studies, and the Department of African American Studies.

The University of Chicago Law School
Visiting Professor of Law, 2010; 2013-present

  • Offering courses in anthropology, law, social norms, and the dynamics of racism.

University of Illinois
Archaeology of Edgefield, South Carolina Pottery Communities, Archaeology Project Co-Director, 2009-present

  • Co-director, collaborating with George Calfas, Carl Steen, and Sean Taylor
  • Conducting archaeological investigations and field schools at nineteenth century sites in Edgefield County, South Carolina

New Philadelphia Archaeology Project, Archaeology Project Co-Director, 2008-present

  • Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Archaeologist, with Anna Agbe-Davies (DePaul U.) and Terrance Martin (Illinois State Museum)
  • Conducting archaeological investigations and field schools at nineteenth century town site of New Philadelphia, Illinois

Aerial Thermal Survey Research, 2007-2008

  • Principal Investigator and co-Principal Archaeologist, with Tommy Hailey (Northwestern State University) and Bryan Haley (U. Mississippi)
  • Conducting low-altitude high resolution thermal survey at nineteenth century town site of New Philadelphia, Illinois

Archaeology Project Co-Director, 2004-2006

  • Co-Principal Archaeologist, with Paul Shackel (U. Maryland) and Terrance Martin (Illinois State Museum)
  • Conducting archaeological investigations and field schools at nineteenth century town site of New Philadelphia, Illinois

Society for Historical Archaeology
Member of the Board of Directors, 2012-2015

  • Formed in 1967, the Society for Historical Archaeology is the largest scholarly group concerned with the archaeology of the modern world

Illinois State Museum Springfield, IL 
Adjunct Research Associate in Anthropology, 2008-2009

  • Conducting research on nineteenth century history in Illinois and Midwest region, including social history of New Philadelphia

University of Texas School of Law
Adjunct Professor of Law and Senior Research Fellow, 2003-2004

  • Designed and taught seminar in Anthropology and Law and course in Social Norms and the Law.

University of Virginia
Archaeology Project Director, 1997-2003

  • Conducted excavations, research, and analysis of eighteenth and nineteenth century archaeology sites at St. Peter’s Church and School House, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and Demory farmstead site, Loudoun County, Virginia

Texas State University
Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, fall 2003

  • Designed and taught Introduction to Cultural Anthropology course, including elements of anthropology’s four sub-fields, history of humankind, and diversity of cultures.

Texas Civil Rights Project Austin, TX
Volunteer, 2002

Roosevelt University
Instructor, School of Policy Studies, spring 2001

  • Designed and taught course on Cross-Cultural Anthropology, including analysis of diverse cultures and economic, environmental, class, gender, and ethnic dynamics.

University of Virginia
Instructor, Department of Anthropology, summer 1999 and 2000

  • Designed and taught course on Witchcraft and Magic and an intensive, six-week Field School in Historical Archaeology theory and methods, including excavation, surveying, artifact and documentary analysis.

D.C. Superior Court, Multidoor Dispute Resolution Division Washington, DC
Court-appointed Mediator, 1995-1997

  • Provided mediation services on pro bono basis for D.C. Superior Court's civil docket cases
  • Conducted confidential conferences with parties in litigation to evaluate nature of disputes and formulate basis for settlement before trial

Crowell & Moring Washington, DC
Associate Attorney, 1991-1997

  • Conducted seminars for corporate managers and personnel on applicability of antitrust, contract, trade and environmental laws and regulations to their business activities and strategies
  • Trial work in complex cases involving antitrust, contracts, products liability, torts, false claims, commercial real estate, and securities disputes
  • Provided pro bono services to obtain benefits for elderly persons and individuals disabled by AIDS

Dechert, Price & Rhoads Philadelphia, PA
Associate Attorney, 1990-1991

  • Experience in trial and appellate litigation of complex antitrust, intellectual property, and contract disputes

Honorable Jane R. Roth Wilmington, DE
Judicial Clerk, 1989-1990

  • Researched and wrote bench memoranda and opinions for Hon. Jane R. Roth of U.S. District Court for District of Delaware, now on United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit