Whitney Battle-Baptiste, UMass Amherst
Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also currently the Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst. Her work focuses primarily on the historical intersection of race, class, gender in the shaping of cultural landscapes across the African Diaspora. She is the author of Black Feminist Archaeology, (Left Coast Press, 2011). Her most recent research is at the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite in Great Barrington Masschusetts and a community-based archaeology project at Millars Plantation on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.
Kelley Deetz, University of Virginia
Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz specializes in African American history, foodways and material culture. She is currently working on a book Bound to the Fire: Virginia's Enslaved Cooks and Their Kitchens (University of South Carolina Press) and is the Research Associate for the President’s Commission on Slavery and The University at the University of Virginia. Deetz received her B.A. in Black Studies and History from The College of William and Mary, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies at U.C. Berkeley.
Christopher Barton, Temple University
Marc Lorenc, UMass Amherst
Marc Lorenc is a doctoral student in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, concentrating on Historical Archaeology of the African Diaspora in the Northeast. Within in the framework of archaeology, Lorenc explores contemporary issues and injustices by bridging the past with the present. He utilizes critical race theory and community based-participatory research as complimentary methods towards achieving social justice and change through archaeological research. Currently, he is conducting a community archaeology project at the Historic Office and Homestead of Dr. James Still in Medford, NJ. Lorenc hopes to promote public discourse on various topics such as racism, stereotypes, social inequality, and the myth of meritocracy.
Justin Dunnavant, University of Florida
Justin Dunnavant is a Ph.D. archaeology student at the University of Florida. Justin’s research interests focus generally on the historical archaeology of Africa and the African Diaspora. More specifically, his dissertation research will address the intersection of archaeology, imperialism, and the politics of national histories in southern Ethiopia. In addition to his archaeological research, Justin works as a graduate coordinator for the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program’s African American History Project. He is also a founding member of the Society of Black Archaeologists and blogs for GradHacker. He was recently named a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow for the 2014-2017 academic years.
Ayana Flewellen, University of Texas Austin