About Dr. BB

I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology  and the Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  I am a wife, the mother of three incredible children, and a scholar that believes that activism can happen in the classroom and beyond.  I am by training a historical archaeologist interested in the intersection of race, class, and gender, across the African Diaspora.  My theoretical interests include Black Feminist theory, hip-hop feminism, critical heritage studies, and the African Diaspora.  My pubs include commentaries and papers in edited volumes on historical archaeology and slavery in the Southern United States. My courses include: Gender and Slavery in the Americas, Gender in Hip-Hop Culture, Historical Archaeology, Race & the American Museum, African Diaspora Archaeology, Racialized Bodies, and Writing and Research Methods in Archaeology.  I have conducted field work at a variety of sites, including The Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson in Nashville, Tennessee; Rich Neck Plantation in Williamsburg, Virginia; and The Abiel Smith School in Boston, Mass; and the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. My latest research is a community-based archaeology project at the Millars Plantation site on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

I am available for lectures and workshops on Black Feminist Archaeology, Race, gender and class in historical archaeology, Race and representation, Gender and Landscapes, Black Feminist Theory, and lots more. Please contact me at wbbaptiste@gmail.com


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