Sara Gonzalez, Ph.D.Sara L. Gonzalez (Ph.D. UC Berkeley)

An archaeologist by training, I work at the inter­sec­tion of tribal his­toric preser­va­tion, colo­nial stud­ies, and pub­lic his­tory. My research specif­i­cally exam­ines how community-based par­tic­i­pa­tory approaches to research improves the empir­i­cal and inter­pre­tive qual­ity of archae­o­log­i­cal nar­ra­tives, while also sit­u­at­ing archae­ol­ogy within a more respect­ful and engaged prac­tice. As a core fea­ture of this work I am explor­ing the diverse appli­ca­tions of minimally invasive field methods and dig­i­tal media as tools for con­tribut­ing to the capac­ity of tribal com­mu­ni­ties to man­age their his­toric and envi­ron­men­tal resources. This work cen­ters on my ongo­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with tribal communities in California, Oregon, and Washington. In con­junc­tion with these projects I have devel­oped mul­ti­ple class­room, lab, and field school pro­grams that pro­vide under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dents with the oppor­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate directly in research with tribal com­mu­ni­ties that con­tributes to their capac­ity to study, man­age, and rep­re­sent their heritage. For details, click here.


Peter V. Lape (Ph.D. Brown University)lape_3
My research focuses on understanding social change in Island Southeast Asia over the last 5,000 years. I have been particularly interested in island landscapes and seascapes, cross cultural interactions such as trade and warfare, human-environment interactions and climate change. I also have an interest in archaeology practice, cultural resource management and public archaeology in the Seattle area.


Sven D. Haakanson (Ph.D. Harvard University)

Ethnography, visual anthropology, indigenous studies, ethnographic and museum studies, petroglyphs.



Ben Fitzhugh (Ph.D. University of Michigan) fitzhugh
My research focuses on human-environmental dynamics and archaeological histories of maritime/coastal hunter-gatherers especially in the North Pacific. This research addresses questions of human vulnerability and resilience in remote subarctic environments. I collaborate widely with scholars across a range of disciplines in atmospheric, earth and biological sciences and take an historical ecological perspective on human adjustments to (and of) environments in which they live. Recent efforts include the development of international collaborations to explore the ecological and archaeological histories of the North Pacific Rim. I am coordinating a comparative marine ecological working group called Paleoecology of Subarctic Seas (PESAS), which brings together paleoclimate, paleoecology, archaeology and history to investigate similarities and differences in the human-environmental co-evolution the subarctic North Pacific and North Atlantic since the Last Glacial Maximum. I am currently Director of the Quaternary Research Center at the University of Washington, and in this role, seek to promote interdisciplinary scholarship into the evolution of the earth surface (and the role of humans in it) over the past two and a half million years. I am also a founding member of the UW Future of Ice Initiative.

wylieAlison Wylie (Ph.D. SUNY Binghampton)
My primary philosophical interests are epistemic and ethical questions that arise directly from research practice: What counts as evidence? Are ideals of objectivity viable given the central role that contextual values play in all aspects of inquiry? How do we make research accountable – in its aims and its practice – to the diverse communities it affects? As a philosopher of the social and historical sciences I’m particularly interested in these issues as raised by archaeological practice and by feminist research in the social sciences. To explain how evidential constraints operate in archaeology I analyze strategies of triangulation and scaffolding that turn on the use of background knowledge, and to explore the epistemic role of contextual interests I’ve developed a cluster of projects on collaborative practice and feminist standpoint theory. I am also actively working on issues of accountability to research subjects and stakeholders affected by social and historical research. For details, click here.


Yoli Ngandali (Ph.D. Student, UW)

Yoli Ngandali is a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology. She is interested in developing new ways to incorporate digital media (audio, video, web, animation) into archaeological practice. Digital technologies have analytical potential, can be used to engage local and descendant communities, and can be a valuable tool for cultural heritage collections.