Meet the Staff: David Carlson


Role: Principle Investigator

Background: I earned my Bachelors in Anthropology at the University of Florida in 2007, with a general focus on archaeology. I then worked for several years in Cultural Resource Management in Florida and North Carolina before enrolling in the University of Washington Anthropology graduate program in 2010. Between the two, I managed to earn a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. I came to the UW to study landscapes, power, and resistance, and though the geographical focus of my research has radically changed, my interests have remained at least partially consistent.

Description: My research interests focus on the intersections of material culture, immigration, race, and labor in United States history. I explore these topics through the careful application of principles and concepts from several fields, including: landscape archaeology; the archaeology of race, ethnicities, and labor; and the historiographies of specific migrant groups. My methodological interests include non-invasive archaeological survey techniques (e.g. geophysical survey, remote sensing), digital public archaeology, Geographic Information Systems/Science, and ceramic and glass analysis. I have also developed a strong interest in the analysis of archaeological rhetoric, argumentation, and epistemology.