Christopher C. Fennell

Christopher C. Fennell

Visiting Professor of Law

Chris Fennell is a Professor of Anthropology and Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been appointed a University Scholar in recognition of excellence in his research, scholarship, and teaching. Fennell has conducted archaeological investigations at 19th century sites in Illinois, Virginia, and South Carolina with grant support by the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities. After clerking for the Honorable Jane R. Roth (D. Del./3d Circuit), he was a practicing attorney for several years in Washington, DC, in the areas of antitrust, contracts, product liability, torts, false claims, and securities disputes.

He offers law school courses on anthropology, social norms, and the dynamics of racism, as well as archaeology courses for undergraduate and graduate students, and has received a number of awards for teaching excellence.

Fennell served as an officer and director for professional societies focused on archaeology and for the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage and Museum Practices. He is the founding editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage (Taylor & Francis). His publications include the book Crossroads and Cosmologies: Diasporas and Ethnogenesis in the New World (2007), for which he received the 2009 John Cotter award from the Society for Historical Archaeology and the 2010 Gustave Arlt award from the Council for Graduate Schools for outstanding contributions to the humanities. Fennell’s latest books are Broken Chains and Subverted Plans: Ethnicity, Race, and Commodities (2017) and The Archaeology of Craft and Industry (2021).

EDUCATION

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.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Professor of Anthropology and Law, 2018-present
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Law, 2010-2018
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, 2018-present
Visiting Associate Professor of Law, 2010; 2013-2018

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

      Interdisciplinary Center University (IDC), Herzliya, Israel

      Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Dec. 2012.

      • Designed and taught short course on law and anthropology.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      PROFESSIONAL & RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

      Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis

      Member of Board of Directors, 2021-2023.

      • The Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis seeks to advance the science of the past to shape a more secure and just future.

      Illinois Archaeological Survey

      President, 2018-2019.
      President-elect, 2016-2017.

      • The Illinois Archaeological Survey is a society of professional archaeologists, and other technical professionals, dedicated to identifying and preserving important archaeological resources throughout the state of Illinois.
         

      Society for Historical Archaeology

      Chair, Development Committee, 2015-present
      Nominee, Presidential Election, 2017
      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

      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

      Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy, 2009-present.

      • Member of the Executive Committee of this strategic research center, which has the goal of facilitating critical studies of cultural heritage and museum practices on a global scale.

      New Philadelphia Archaeology Project, 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

      New Philadelphia Archaeology Project, 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

      Illinois State Museum

      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

      Loudoun Valley Archaeology Project, 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

        WORK EXPERIENCE

        Texas Civil Rights Project

        Volunteer, 2002

        D.C. Superior Court, Multidoor Dispute Resolution Division

        Court-appointed Mediator, Washington, DC, 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

        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

        Associate Attorney, 1990-1991

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

        Honorable Jane R. Roth

        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

        “Archaeology, Civic Engagement, and Interdisciplinary Data at New Philadelphia, Illinois,” invited lecture presented to the Archaeological Institute of America Chicago Society, November 18, 2020.

        “Resilience and Racism in a 19th Century American Heartland: New Philadelphia and the Vagaries of Prejudice,” invited paper presented at a symposium entitled “Revealing Communities: The Archaeology of Free African Americans in the Nineteenth Century,” Bard Graduate Center, New York City, February 7, 2020.

        “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Investigating African Diaspora Histories,” invited paper presented at the Jacob M. Alkow Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Culture, Tel Aviv University, Israel, December 30, 2019.

        “Dragons in America: Industry and Innovation in Edgefield, South Carolina,” paper presented June 8, 2019 at the Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial Archaeology, Chicago.

        “Developments in African Diaspora Archaeology: Innovation, Industry, and African-American Heritage in Edgefield, South Carolina,” presented November 12, 2018, Department of Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis.

        “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Investigating African Diaspora Histories,” invited paper presented March 15, 2018, Department of Anthropology, Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile; October 5, 2018, Department of Anthropology, Temple University, Philadelphia.

        Symposium discussant in “Seeing Ethnicity? Parsing Hybridity, Creolization and Ethnogenesis in the Archaeological Record,” January 6, 2018, at the 51st Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, New Orleans.

        “Pulpits and Bones: African-American Vistas of Action, Innovation, and Traditions,” paper presented in a symposium entitled “Religious Communities, Religious Landscapes,” January 5, 2018, at the 51st Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, New Orleans, and at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Illinois Archaeological Survey, September 16, 2017, Carbondale, IL.

        Forum discussant in “Confronting Structural Racism,” January 5, 2018, at the 51st Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, New Orleans.

        “Challenging Racism and Gender Bias,” invited presentation to the Black Law Students Association, University of Chicago School of Law, presented October 5, 2017, Chicago.

        “Next Parish America: Tradition and Modernity on Great Blasket Island,” in the Global Irish Diaspora Congress, presented August 16, 2017, University College Dublin, Ireland.

        “New Philadelphia National Historic Landmark: Tradition, Creativity, and Archaeology,” in the Marvin J and Thomas Leo Likes Memorial Lecture Series, hosted by the New Philadelphia Association, June 20, 2017, Kinderhook, Illinois.

        “Teaching about Racism,” forum panelist, University of Chicago School of Law, January 30, 2017, Chicago.

        “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Investigating African Diaspora History,” invited paper presented for Instituto de Arte Americano e Investigaciones Esteticas, Patrimonio e Instituto Historico de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, and Urbania: Revista Latinoamericana de Arqueología e Historia de las Ciudades, March 11, 2016, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

        Forum panelist for “Catching Up With Caches: The Latest on African Diasporic Spirit Practices in the Archaeological Record,” at the 49th Conference of the Society of Historical Archaeology, presented January 7, 2016, Washington, DC.
        “Commemorating African America and Confronting White Privilege: 100 Years of National Challenges,” invited paper presented Jan. 6, 2016, in the Plenary Session of the 49th Conference of the Society of Historical Archaeology, Washington, DC.

        “New Philadelphia, Illinois: From Research Project to National Historic Landmark,” paper presented Nov. 5, 2015, at the Midwest Archaeological Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

        “Tradition and Modernity on Great Blasket Island, Ireland,” invited paper presented Oct. 7, 2015, to the Archaeology Division of the Vienna Museum, Austria.

        “Atlantic Traverses, Contrastive Illuminations,” paper presented in a symposium entitled “Making Waves: A Celebration of the Scholarship of Marley R. Brown III,” at the 48th Conference of the Society of Historical Archaeology, January 9, 2015, Seattle, Washington.

        Forum panelist for “Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Minorities in Anthropology Programs,” at the 48th Conference of the Society of Historical Archaeology, January 8, 2015, Seattle, Washington.

        Forum panelist for “Ethics in Historical Archaeology,” at the 48th Conference of the Society of Historical Archaeology, January 8, 2015, Seattle, Washington.

        “Nationalism, Romance, and Realities on Great Blasket Island, Ireland,” invited paper presented to the Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary, October 23, 2014, Williamsburg, Virginia.

        “Paradoxes in Designs for a National Historic Landmark's Presentation,” invited paper (with Kathryn Fay) presented at the Tenth Annual Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference, September 27, 2014, Niles, Michigan.

        “Interdisciplinary Investigations in African Diaspora Archaeology,” invited lecture presented at the Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado, September 5, 2014, Boulder, Colorado.

        “Racism and Archaeology,” paper presented in the Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, May 24, 2014, Urbana, Illinois.

        “NAGPRA and Undisplaying the Indigenous Dead,” paper presented in The Controversial Dead: A Colloquium, annual conference of the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy, May 1, 2014, Urbana, Illinois.

        “Tradition and Modernity on Great Blasket Island, Ireland,” paper presented in a session entitled Medieval and Postmedieval Europe, April 24, 2014, at the Society for American Archaeology's 79th Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas.

        “Dragons in America: Industry and Innovation in Edgefield, South Carolina,” invited keynote presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Middle Atlantic Archaeology Conference, presented March 14, 2014, Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

        “Archaeology and Kongo Legacies in the Americas,” invited paper presented in a colloquium entitled Kongo Atlantic Dialogues: Kongo Culture in Central Africa and in the Americas, the 2014 Gwendolen M. Carter Conference, February 21, 2014, Center for African Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville.

        Invited panel discussant in a forum entitled A Question that Counts: Why Is Achieving Diversity and Confronting Racism in the SHA Important for the Future of Our Organization, Profession, and Theoretical Understanding of the Past, Present, and Future? at the Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Jan. 11, 2014, Quebec City, Canada.

        Invited discussant for a symposium entitled Theorizing the African Diaspora Archaeology, at the Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Jan. 10, 2014, Quebec City, Canada.

        Chair and Organizer of symposium entitled Good Questions Met by Archaeological Revelations, at the Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Jan. 10, 2014, Quebec City, Canada.

        “Confronting a Dragon’s Offspring in the Americas,” paper presented, with George W. Calfas, in a symposium entitled Good Questions Met by Archaeological Revelations, at the Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Jan. 10, 2014, Quebec City, Canada.

        “From the Palatinate to Virginia: European Ethnicities Created in America,” paper presented in the Annual Conference of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology and the 375th Anniversary New Sweden Conference, in a symposium entitled Continuity, Change, and an Evolving Identity: German-Speakers in Colonial and Early American Contexts, Nov. 9, 2013, Newark, Delaware; and presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, in a symposium entitled Bodies in Motion: Making a Place for Archaeological Migration, November 22, 2013, Chicago.

        “Trans-Atlantic Entanglements and Cultural Transformations,” paper presented in a symposium entitled Archaeology of Africa and Diaspora Community Formation in the Society for American Archaeology Annual Conference, April 5, 2013, Honolulu, Hawaii.

        “Innovation, Industry, and African-American Heritage in Edgefield, South Carolina,” invited lecture presented at the Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, February 1, 2013.

        Invited panel discussant in a forum entitled Diversity, Antiracism, and the Future of SHA, convened at the Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, UK, January 12, 2013.

        “Individual Creativity, Instrumental Symbolism, and the Constituents of Social Identity Construction,” paper presented in a symposium entitled Reconsidering Archaeologies of Creativity, Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, UK, January 10, 2013.

        “Trans-Atlantic Entanglements, Diasporas, and Archaeological Insights,” invited lecture presented December 24, 2012, to the Nadler Institute of Archaeology and the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near East, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

        “Communicating Archaeology at New Philadelphia,” with Terrance J. Martin and Anna Agbe-Davies, paper presented at the 58th Annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, October 18-20, 2012.

        “A Dragon Kiln in the Americas: 19th Century Innovations in Edgefield, South Carolina,” invited lecture presented at the Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, October 12, 2012, and presented in the Archaeology Workshop program, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, March 5, 2013.

        Co-organizer of “Archaeological Insights and Civic Engagement: Learning from Midwest Historical Sites,” the 2012 Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference, in Urbana, Illinois, October 5-6, 2012.

        “New Philadelphia Archaeology: The First Ten Years,” with Terrance J. Martin, paper presented in “Archaeological Insights and Civic Engagement: Learning from Midwest Historical Sites,” the 2012 Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference, in Urbana, Illinois, October 6, 2012.

        “Tangibility and Significance: Paradoxes in Designs for a National Historic Landmark's Presentation,” paper presented at the Illinois Archaeological Survey's Annual Conference, Urbana, Illinois, September 8, 2012.

        “African Diaspora Archaeology and Interdisciplinary Challenges,” invited lecture presented to the Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town, South Africa, August 13, 2012.

        “Racism and Resilience in a 19th Century American Heartland: New Philadelphia and the Vagaries of Prejudice,” invited paper presented in the South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminars program, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa, August 7, 2012, and presented in the interdisciplinary roundtable program IDC Law and Culture Series: Margins and Minorities, at the Radzyner School of Law, Interdisciplinary Center University (IDC) Herzliya, Israel, December 27, 2012.

        “From Dragon Kilns in China to Early Industry in South Carolina,” invited lecture presented at the Department of Anthropology, National University of Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan, June 15, 2012.

        “Multidisciplinary Approaches to African Diaspora Studies,” invited lecture presented at the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, June 15, 2012.

        “Using the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) for Management, Research, and Education,” discussant for forum convened at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 22, 2012, Memphis, Tennessee.

        “Spatial Variables and 19th Century Pottery Communities in Edgefield, South Carolina,” paper presented in a symposium entitled Prehistory and History of Interaction in the Carolinas, at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 20, 2012, Memphis, Tennessee.

        “Fighting Despair,” discussant presentation at a conference entitled The Archaeology of Slavery: Toward a Comparative, Global Framework, March 31, 2012, at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.

        “Multiscalar Analysis of Racism's Impacts on New Philadelphia, Illinois, a 19th Century Integrated Town,” invited lecture presented March 22, 2012, to the Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University, New York.

        “Diverse Methods and Landscape Analyses at the New Philadelphia National Historic Landmark,” paper presented (with Jamie Arjona) in symposium entitled Knowledge Woven of Many Threads: Interdisciplinary Investigations at the National Historic Landmark Site of New Philadelphia, Illinois, convened at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, January 6, 2012, Baltimore, Maryland.

        “Manifestations of Magic: The Archaeology and Material Culture of Magic and Folk Belief,” discussant for symposium convened at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, January 5, 2012, Baltimore, Maryland.

        “Examining Structural Racism in the Jim Crow Era of Illinois,” paper presented in symposium entitled The Materiality of Freedom: Archaeologies of the Recent African American Past, convened at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, January 5, 2012, Baltimore, Maryland.

        “African Diaspora Archaeology and Interdisciplinary Challenges,” invited paper presented October 13, 2011, to the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China.

        “Archaeology and African Diaspora Legacies in the Americas,” invited keynote presentation at the XVI Congress of the Brazilian Archaeological Society (SAB) and the XVI Worldwide Congress of the International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (UISPP), September 9, 2011, at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil.

        “Serving Descendant Community and Research Constituents in the New Philadelphia Digital Archaeological Archive,” invited presentation as part of forum entitled Using the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) for Management and Research, presented April 1, 2011, at the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Sacramento, California.

        “The Stoneware Pottery Communities of Edgefield: Archaeological and Historical Investigations,” presented (with George Calfas) March 23, 2011 to University of South Carolina at Aiken; “Edgefield, South Carolina Pottery Communities: Field School and Research,” presented (with George Calfas) March 24, 2011 to University of South Carolina at Columbia; “The Stoneware Pottery Communities of Edgefield: Archaeological, Elemental, and LiDAR Investigations,” presented March 24, 2011 (with George Calfas) at Founders Hall, Charles Towne Historic Landing, Charleston, South Carolina.

        Discussant for symposium entitled Material Boundaries and Outreach in Religious Innovation and Conversion, convened at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, January 8, 2011, Austin, Texas.

        “African Histories and Diasporas: A Conversation with Robert Farris Thompson,” organizer and chair of the Annual Forum of the African Diaspora Archaeology Network, convened at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, January 7, 2011, Austin, Texas.

        “Contours of Ceramic Production and Social Space in Edgefield Potteries,” paper presented in a symposium entitled New Perspectives on Carolina Ceramic Traditions, at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, January 7, 2011, Austin, Texas.

        “Crossroads and Cosmologies,” acceptance lecture for Gustave Arlt Award in the Humanities, presented at the 50th Annual Conference of the Council of Graduate Schools, December 2, 2010, Washington, D.C.

        “Cultural Innovations at the Crossroads,” invited lecture presented in the Frontiers Colloquium, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, October 25, 2010, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

        “Archaeology, Remote Sensing, and Contours of Racism in the American Midwest,” invited lecture presented to Boston University's Department of Archaeology, September 21, 2010, Boston, Massachusetts.

        “African Atlantic Archaeology, Cultural Complexities, and Multiscalar Dynamics,” invited lecture presented in Harvard University's Africa Seminar, September 20, 2010, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

        “Stealing Away: Ingenuity and Strategy in the Paths from Slavery to Freedom,” lecture presented with Terry Ransom, June 29, 2010, in the Marvin J and Thomas Leo Likes Memorial Lecture Series, Springfield, Illinois.

        “Multivalent Histories and Archaeology of a Diverse Frontier Town,” invited paper presented April 16, 2010, in symposium entitled Historical Archaeology of the Middle and Upper Mississippi Valley, at the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, St. Louis, Missouri.

        “Symbolic Interactionist Approaches to African Diasporas,” invited lecture presented March 25, 2010, to the Department of Anthropology, University of South Carolina, Columbia.

        “Challenges and Methods in African Atlantic Archaeology,” invited lecture presented March 17, 2010, to the Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville.

        “African Diaspora Archaeology, Coherence, Hybridity, and Multivariate Dynamics,” invited paper presented February 11, 2010, in the University of Chicago's Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop.

        “Coherence, Randomization, and Disjuncture in African Diasporas,” paper presented January 9, 2010, in symposium entitled African Historical Archaeology: Diasporic Conversations, at the Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Amelia Island, Florida.

        “African Diasporas in the South: A Conversation with John Michael Vlach,” serving as chair, organizer, and moderator, January 7, 2010, of the annual forum of the African Diaspora Archaeology Network, at the Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Amelia Island, Florida.

         

        MEMBERSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

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

        AWARDS AND HONORS

        • Daniel G. Roberts Award for Excellence in Public Historical Archaeology recipient, 2020, for “commitment to public scholarship” and “anti-racism scholarship and education in historical archaeology,” awarded by the Society for Historical Archaeology
        • University of Illinois, Research Board Grant, Humanities Release Time, 2016-2017, for a project entitled “Archaeology of Edgefield, South Carolina Pottery Communities.”
        • University Scholar, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2014-2017, honor and funding enhancement in recognition of excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching.
        • Campus Award for Excellence in Guiding Undergraduate Research, nominee, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2015, nominated for this award by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
        • Gender and Minority Affairs Diversity Field School Competition Award, Society for Historical Archaeology, Second Place Award (with Jamie Arjona and Tatiana Niculescu) for advancing diversity in the sciences through the 2013 Archaeology of Edgefield, South Carolina Pottery Communities Field School.
        • Award for Distinguished Service 2012-2013, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
        • Cultural Creativity, History & Heritage in Edgefield, South Carolina, Speaker Series, 2013, as Project Director, supported by a grant from the Humanities Council of South Carolina and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
        • Archaeological and Historical Examination of a Nationalist Mythology of an Authentic Irish Past, 2013, as Principal Investigator, awarded by the University of Illinois Research Board.
        • Memory and Heart: Pasts and Presents of African American Communities, Speaker Series, 2011, as Project Director, supported by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.
        • New Philadelphia Archaeology and the Digital Archaeological Record, 2011, as Principal Investigator, awarded by the Digital Antiquity initiative.
        • Gustave O. Arlt Award recipient, 2010, for outstanding contribution to scholarship in the humanities, awarded by the Council for Graduate Schools.
        • LiDAR and Archaeological Analysis of the Pottersville, SC Production and Village Site, 2010-2011, as Principal Investigator, for Edgefield, SC Archaeology Project, awarded by the University of Illinois Research Board.
        • LiDAR and Archaeological Analysis of the New Philadelphia National Historic Landmark, 2010-2011, as Principal Investigator, for New Philadelphia Archaeology Project.
        • Community Informatics Initiative, 2010-2011, as Principal Investigator, in a project concerning civic engagement among researchers and local and descendant communities of Brooklyn, Illinois.
        • John L. Cotter Award recipient, 2009, for outstanding scholarly achievement in African diaspora studies, awarded by the Society for Historical Archaeology.
        • Community Engagement with Lincoln's Legacies, Speaker Series, 2009, as Project Director, supported by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.
        • National Science Foundation, Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program Grant, 2008-2012, as Principal Investigator and co-Principal Archaeologist with Anna Agbe-Davies (DePaul U.) and Terrance Martin (Illinois State Museum), conducting archaeological investigations and NSF funded field schools at nineteenth century town site of New Philadelphia, Illinois.
        • Community Informatics Initiative, 2008-2010, as Principal Investigator, in a project concerning civic engagement among researchers and local and descendant communities of New Philadelphia, Illinois.
        • African-American Heritage in the Midwest, Speaker Series, 2008, as Project Director, supported by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.
        • National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, 2007-2010, as 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.
        • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Faculty Fellowship, 2006-2007, to conduct interdisciplinary work in the humanities, focusing on nineteenth century history in the midwest region.
        • National Science Foundation, Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program Grant, 2004-2006, as co-Principal Archaeologist with Paul Shackel (U. Maryland) and Terrance Martin (Illinois State Museum), conducting archaeological investigations and NSF funded field schools at nineteenth century town site of New Philadelphia, Illinois.
        • University of Illinois, Research Board Grants, 2004-2010, supporting archaeological and historical research projects concerning African diaspora subjects and social histories of nineteenth century communities of New Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Equal Rights in Illinois, and the Edgefield pottery district of South Carolina.
        • University of Illinois, included in List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for thirteen courses, Fall 2004, Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2012, Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, and Fall 2019.
        • Voted Outstanding Anthropology Faculty member by the Undergraduate Anthropology Students Association, 2004-2005.
        • West Virginia Humanities Council Grants, 2000-2001, 2002-2003, from state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supporting continuing archival research as part of an historical archaeology study of St. Peter's Church and School House sites, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
        • DuPont Fellowship
        • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Research Fellowship, 2000, supporting study of aspects of Virginia economic history in the 18th and 19th centuries, utilizing resources of the Virginia Historical Society.
        • Governor's Fellowship, 1997-2000, University of Virginia, Department of Anthropology, supporting doctoral studies.
        • American Jurisprudence Awards, 1988, 1989, for Antitrust and Employment Discrimination courses, Georgetown University Law Center.

        EDITORIAL WORK

        • Founding editor, Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage (2011-present)
        • Editorial board member, International Journal of Historical Archaeology (2005-present)
        • Editorial board Member Slavery: Past and Present book series, Cambria Press (2012-present)
        • Editor, African Diaspora Archaeology Network and Newsletter (2005-present)
        • Referee, American Anthropologist Journal; International Journal of Historical Archaeology; Historical Archaeology Journal; Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology; University Press of Florida (2004-present)
        • Editor, Plymouth Colony Archive Project (1998-present)