Whitney Battle-Baptiste is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University
of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Battle-Baptiste is a historical archaeologist interested in
race, gender, and cultural landscapes. Her theoretical interests include Black Feminist
theory, critical race theory and the African Diaspora. Her publications include
commentaries and papers in edited volumes on historical archaeology and slavery in the
Southern United States. She has conducted field work at many sites, including the home of
Andrew Jackson in Nashville, Tennessee; Rich Neck Plantation in Williamsburg, Virginia;
and The Abiel Smith School in Boston, Mass. Her latest research is at the W. E. B. DuBois
boyhood homesite in Great Barrington, Mass. 



Contributions to Books


Sweepin' Spirits: Power and Transformation on the Plantation Landscape, Archaeology and Preservation of Gendered Landscapes (2010)

When one thinks of power, a number of thoughts come to mind. Is power the...


An Archaeologiest Finds her Voice: A Commentary, In world Archaeological Congress Handbook on Postcolonialiam and Archeology (2010)


"In This Here Place": Interpreting Enslaved Homeplaces, Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora (2007)

The 'Other from Within': A commentary, Past Meets Present: Archaeology of Atlantic Africa (2007)

A Space of Our Own: Redefining the Enslaved Household at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Plantation, Household Chores and Household choices: Theorizing the domestic Sphere in Historical Archaeology (2004)


Remembering DuBois: The Struggle for Recognition at the W.E.B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite (with Robert Paynter), 5th Annual Black New England Conference (2010)

The Berkshires and the Burghardts: An Archaeology of Race, Gender, and Labor at W.E.B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite in Great Barrington, MA, Windows from the Past to the Present: The Acheology of Africa & African Diaspra (2010)

African Americans v.s. Caribbean Americans, Black Student Alliance Annual Meeting (2009)

Sweepin' Spirits: A Gendered Approach to the Enslaved Landscape, Society for Historical Archaeology (2008)