Whitney Battle-Baptiste, PhD
2004 Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin
2000 M.A., History, The College of William & Mary
1994 B.A., History/Secondary Education, Virginia State University
PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
2015-present Director, W. E. B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst.
2014-present Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UMass Amherst
2007-2014 Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UMass Amherst.
2006-2007 Visiting Assistant Professor, Africana Studies & Research Center, Cornell University
2004-2006 Postdoctoral Fellow, Africana Studies & Research Center, Cornell University
African American anthropology; history and culture of the US South, captivity in the Americas; African American material and expressive culture; historical archaeology; African Diaspora archaeology; Critical Race Theory; Black Feminist Theory; critical heritage studies; women and gender studies, engaged and community-based archaeology.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
2016 Whitney Battle-Baptiste, the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst Libraries, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ($600,000).
2013 Faculty Research Grant (FRG), University of Massachusetts Amherst ($13,616).
2011 Robert Paynter, David Glassberg, Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Rachel Fletcher, The 1772 Foundation ($25,000).
2013 Co-PI with Paynter, Robert, Battle-Baptiste, Whitney, Glassberg, David, Engaging the Public at the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite in Great Barrington, MA., Public Service Endowment Grant (PSEG), University of Massachusetts Amherst ($11,095).
2013 Co-PI with Urla, Jackie, Atalay, Sonya, Anderson, Jane and Battle-Baptiste, Whitney. The Mellon Mutual Mentoring Initiative, Laboratory for Transformative Practice in Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst ($10,000).
2011 Battle-Baptiste, W., Black Feminist Archaeology, Left Coast Press. 199 pages.
Peer Reviewed Book Chapters
2010 Battle-Baptiste, W., “An Archaeologist Finds her Voice: A Commentary on Colonial and Postcolonial Identities,” In World Archaeological Congress Handbook on Postcolonialism and Archaeology, Uzma Rizvi and Jane Lydon, Left Coast Press, pgs. 387-391.
2007 Battle-Baptiste, W., “’In this here place’: Interpreting Enslaved Homeplaces,” In Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora, Akin Ogundiran and Toyin Falola, Indiana University Press, pgs. 233-248.
2004 Battle-Baptiste, W., “A Space of Our Own: Redefining the Enslaved Household at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Plantation,” In Household Chores and Household Choices: Theorizing the Domestic Sphere in Historical Archaeology, Kerri Barile and Jamie C. Brandon, University of Alabama Press, pgs. 33-50.
2010 Battle-Baptiste, W., “Sweepin’ Spirits: Power and Transformation on the Plantation Landscape, ” In Archaeology and Preservation of Gendered Landscapes, Sherene Baugher and Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood, Springer Press, pgs. 81-94.
2007 Battle-Baptiste, W., “The ‘Other from Within’: A Commentary,” In Past Meets Present: Archaeologists Partnering with Museum Curators, Teachers, and Community Groups, John Jameson and Sherene Baugher, Springer Press, pgs. 101-106.
Reviews, Encyclopedia Entries, Blog Contributions
2014 Battle-Baptiste, W., “Writing to Live: On Finding Strength While Watching Ferguson,”
2012 Battle-Baptiste, W., The Materiality of Freedom: Archaeologies of Postemancipation Life. Ed. by Jodi A. Barnes (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2011. Xii, 291 pp.), Journal of American History, Vol. 99(3): 938-939.
2015 “Teaching the Souls of Black Folk Through Material Culture,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), 100th Anniversary Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.
2014a “’Putting Millars Back on the Map’: Community Memory on a Fading Landscape in the Bahamas,” American Anthropology Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
2014b “Culture, Community, and Cruise Ships: Black Feminist Archaeology in a Caribbean Context,” Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, Quebec, Canada.
2013a “In Search of Lena and Lucy: Intersectional Narratives of Race, Gender and Class in New England,” Black Archaeology in New England: Theory, Dialogue, and Interpretation, Annual Conference on New England Archaeology, Andover, MA.
2013b “The Invisibility of Place: Critical Heritage, African Diaspora Archaeology and the Legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois,” W. E. B. Du Bois and the Wings of Atlanta, 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA.
2013c “Standing at the Crossroads: Toward an Intersectional Archaeology of the African Diaspora,” Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting Leicester, UK.
2013d Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Robert Paynter, Christopher Douyard, Elena Sesma, Anthony Martin, and Honora Sullivan-Chin, “Radical Heritage Archaeology: A Case Study from the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite in Great Barrington, MA,” Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, Leicester, UK.
2010a Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Robert Paynter, “Remembering Du Bois: The Struggle for Recognition at the W. E. B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite,” 5th Annual Black New England Conference, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
2010b “The Berkshires and the Burghardts: An Archaeology of Race, Gender and Labor at the W. E. B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite in Great Barrington, MA,” Windows from the Past to the Present: The Archaeology of Africa & the African Diaspora, Howard University, Washington, DC.
2009 Robert Paynter and Whitney Battle-Baptiste, “The Color and Gender Lines in the Rural North: A View from the W.E.B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite in Great Barrington, MA,” Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.
2008 “Sweepin’Spirits: A Gendered Approach to the Enslaved Landscape,” Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM.
Other Professional Presentations
2013a “The House of the Black Burghardts: Commemoration, Contestation and Collective Memory at the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite, Great Barrington, MA,” Anthropology Colloquium Series, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
2013b “’It Is the Mothers That Seem to Count’: Commemoration and Contestation at the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite, Great Barrington, MA,” Anthropology Colloquium Series, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
2012a “The Materiality of Race: Recent Trends in African Diaspora Archaeology,” Topics of the Times Annual Series, Center for American and World Cultures, Miami University of Ohio-Oxford, Oxford, OH.
2012b “Woman’s Place is in the Home: Race, Gender and Class at the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite,” Department of Anthropology Speakers Series,University of Florida, Gainsville, FL.
2012c “A Woman’s Place is In the Home: The Archaeology of Race and Gender at the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite, Great Barrington, MA,” College of William & Mary Department of Anthropology Lecture Series, Williamsburg, VA.
2011a “Du Bois, The Veil of Black Womanhood and Black Feminist Archaeology,” Book Launch, sponsored by the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA.
2011b Online speaker for course (Skype), Workshop on History, Arts, Administration, Luca Zan and Laurea Magistrale. Graduate Degree in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts, University of Bologna, Italy.
2006b “Archaeology and the Interpretation of African-American Culture,” New York Archaeological Society, Meeting of the Finger Lakes Chapter, Ithaca College, NY.
2005a “The Personal is Political: Activist Archaeology, Descendant Communities, and the Plantation Museum,” Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
2005b “Sweepin’ Spirits: The Archaeology of Enslaved Domestic Spaces,” The Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Speaker Series, Hunter College, NY.
2004 “A Yard to Sweep: The Archaeology of Slavery,” Africana Studies & Research Center’s Africana Colloquium Series, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
2003 “Gender, Space, and Enslaved Households: Archaeology at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage,” Guest lecture for AFAS 310: Psychological Impact of Enslavement and Colonization, Department of Africana Studies, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN.
2002 “Yoruba in the New World: Alternative African American Religions,” Guest lecturer for AFR 301: Introduction to African American Culture, Center for African & African American Studies, University of Texas, Austin.
Community and Invited Presentations
2015a Workshop Facilitator, “Hip-Hop Feminism: An Introduction,” Project eLEVate, Youth program of Lift Ev’ry Voice (MCLA Foundation, Inc), Sponsored by Mass Humanities.
2015b Keynote Address, Greater Springfield NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Dinner, Agawam, MA.
2015c Keynote Address, 31st Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast, Amherst, MA.
2013a Keynote Address, “’The Truth Burns Error’: The Truth About Race in the Happy Valley,” Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue 11th Annual Celebration, Florence, MA.
2013b Keynote Address, “The Importance of the Emancipation Proclamation In Our Lives Today,” Race and Politics: I Have a Dream…50 Years Later, Governor Deval Patrick’s Black History Month Celebration, Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, Springfield, MA.
2013c Elizabeth Chilton, Elizabeth Braebec and Whitney Battle-Baptiste, “Updates on Cupid’s Cay Historic Structures Survey,” Community Forum, Cupid’s Cay, Eleuthera, Bahamas.
2013d “Commemoration, Contestation and Collective Memory at the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite, Great Barrington, MA,” Amherst Women’s Club Speakers Series, Amherst, MA.
2012a “Black Feminist Archaeology and the Story of Lucy Foster”, The Amherst Club Annual Speakers Series, Amherst, MA.
2012b “Black Folk, Then and Now: Why the Past Matters in Our Everyday Lives,” Lift Every Voice: A Black History Month Lecture Series, Spring of Hope Church of God in Christ, Springfield, MA.
2011 Book Reading and Community Event: Black Feminist Archaeology, Food For Thought Books, Amherst, MA.
2003 “African Americans and the Lucumi Tradition,” Guest speaker for World Religion Seminar, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, TX.
1997 “Public Archaeology at the Abiel Smith School House,” 1997 Archaeology Lecture Series:Archaeology at the African Meeting House & Abiel Smith School. The African Meeting House, Boston, MA. Museum of Afro-American History and the National Park Service.
Other Conference Presentations and Leadership
2013a Panel Organizer, Archaeologies of Intersectionality, (co-organizer, Edward Gonzalez-Tennant) Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Conference, Leicester, UK
2013b Panelist, Diversity, Anti-racism, and the Future of SHA, Society for Historical Archaeology 2013 Annual Conference, Leicester, UK.
2013c Panelist, Building the Atlantic Mosaic: Piecing Together Archaeology, Memory and Memorials of the African Diaspora, Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Conference, Leicester, UK.
2012 Panelist, “An Archaeology for the Living: Bringing the Past into the Present through Dialogue, Collaboration and Real Exchange,” Digging Together, Community Archaeology: Practice and Potential, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.
2011a Panelist, Our Practice, Our Lives: What Would an Anti-Racist SHA Look Like? Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, Austin, TX.
2011b Workshop Presenter, Integrating Women’s History Workshop, National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites/National Park Service Workshop, Part of Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA.
2010a Chair/Organizer, Knowing Our Place: Race and Gender in Post-Columbian Archaeology, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
2010b Moderator, Analysis of Black Feminisms in the Americas, Black/Afro-descendent Feminisms in the Americas Symposium, Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
2009 Discussant, Alternative Freedoms: Vantages from Historical Archaeology, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
2008 Moderator, Brothers and Sisters Gonna Work it Out: Sexual Politics and Hip-Hop Feminism, Conference on Triggering Change: Hip-Hop, Media, and Social Change, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
2007 Panelist, Research Designs for Atlantic Africa and African Diaspora Archaeologies, Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, VA.
Invited Heritage Policy Presentations
2012 Invited Speaker, Telling the Whole Story: Women & the Making of the US, National Park Service and the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites; Presentation to Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, Washington, DC.
2014a Host Scholar, Mass Humanities, “Reading Frederick Douglass’s The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro,” Amherst Town Common, Amherst, MA.
2014b Host Scholar, Mass Humanities, “Reading Frederick Douglass’s The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro,” Springfield City Hall, Springfield, MA.
2014c Scholar Consultant, “On Being,” with Krista Tippett, Nationally Syndicated Show, National Public Radio, W. E. B. Du Bois and the American Soul, aired July 10, 2014, unedited interviews: http://www.onbeing.org/program/maya-angelou-elizabeth- alexander-arnold-rampersad-web-du-bois-the-american-soul/644.
2013a “African Diaspora: Archaeology as a tool for social justice,” Research Next: Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for a Brighter Future, February, http://www.umass.edu/researchnext/african-diaspora#.
2013b Faculty Profiles: ISSR Research Scholar, Archaeologist Focuses on Anthropology through Race, Gender and Class, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Website, February, http://www.umass.edu/sbs/faculty/profiles/battle-baptiste_issr.htm.
2012a Oral History Project Feature, Society of Black Archaeologists, in collaboration with the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, March 14, 2012.
2012b Truthout.org, “Archaeologist, Black Feminist Unearths Contributions of African Diaspora, Everyday People,” by Max Eternity, February 29.
2011a Faculty Profiles: “Archaeologist Focuses on African Diaspora Through Race, Gender and Class,” College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Website, September, http://www.umass.edu/sbs/faculty/profiles/battle-baptiste.htm.
2011b Black Feminist Archaeology, Topic: Digging Deep: Decoding Womanhood through our African Ancestors, Omo Oduduwa Radio: Voices of Vision with Ayoka Wiles, November.
2010 The Women’s Times Magazine, “ Sifting the Evidence: black feminist archaeology,” November.
2014 Invited Reviewer, National Endowment for the Humanities, Social Science and History panel.
2013-2015 Ford Foundation Fellowship Program, Reviewer for Social Science and Humanities panel.
2011-present Managing Editor, African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter.
American Anthropological Association
Association of Black Anthropologists
American Anthropological Association, Archaeology Division
Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH)
Society for Black Archaeologists
Society for Historical Archaeology
Society for American Archaeology