About Dr. BB



Whitney Battle-Baptiste, a native of the Bronx, New York, is a scholar and activist who sees the classroom and the campus as a space to engage contemporary issues with a sensibility of the past. Her academic training is in history and historical archaeology.  Her research is primarily focused on how the intersection of race, gender, class and sexuality look through an archaeological lens.  Her work ranges from interpreting captive African domestic spaces at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Plantation, to the early history of school segregation in Boston at the Abiel Smith School on Beacon Hill, to the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite (or House of the Black Burghardts) in Great Barrington, Mass., or the complexities of creating a community-driven heritage tourist site at Millars Plantation, on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera – her ability to translate material culture and artifacts into complex interpretations of African American domestic life has made her a pioneer in her field. Her first book, Black Feminist Archaeology (Left Coast Press, 2011), outlines the basic tenets of Black feminist thought and research for archaeologists and shows how it can be used to improve contemporary historical archaeology as a whole. At the moment, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and serves as the Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst.

Dr. BB is available for lectures, panels, and workshops. Special areas include: historical archaeology; Black Feminist Archaeology; the intersectionality of Race, gender, sexuality, and class, Race and representation, gender and historical Landscapes, Black Feminist Theory, gender in Hip-Hop Culture, and lots more. For booking: wbbaptiste@gmail.com


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