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Christopher Fennell : Curriculum Vitae


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.


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Law, 2010 to present.
Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Head of Anthropology, 2010 to 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; also faculty affiliate of the Department of Landscape Architecture, the Center for African Studies, and the Department of African American Studies.

University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX
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.

Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
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.

Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
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, Charlottesville, VA
Instructor, Department of Anthropology, Summer 2000, Summer 1999

  • 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.


University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Archaeology Project Co-Director, 2008-2011

  • 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, under a grant award by the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

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, under a grant award by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.

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, under a grant award by the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

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 Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
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.

University of Virginia and University of Illinois
Guest Lecturer

  • Presented guest lectures in courses on Witchcraft and Magic (Spring, 1999), Historical Ethnography (Spring 1999), Reconstructing the Plymouth Colony (Fall 1998), North American Indians (Summer 1998), American Material Culture (Spring 1998), Introduction to Archaeology (Fall, 2004), Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Spring, 2005), Archaeology and the Public (Spring, 2005), Museum Studies Seminar (Spring, 2005), and Archaeology of Illinois (Spring 2006, 2008).


Texas Civil Rights Project, Austin, TX
Volunteer, 2002

  • Provided volunteer research to develop claims in civil rights impact litigation.

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.

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.

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.


Register of Professional Archaeologists
American Anthropological Association
Society for American Archaeology
Society for Historical Archaeology
Society of Africanist Archaeologists
African Diaspora Archaeology Network
Midwest Archaeological Conference
Illinois Archaeological Survey
Society for Applied Anthropology
Association for Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora
Member (non-practicing) of the bars of state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court.