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)
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)
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.
Alison 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.