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About Whitney Battle-Baptiste

I am a historical archaeologist who focuses on the intersectional relationship of race, class, gender and the shaping of cultural landscapes across the African Diaspora. My theoretical interests include Black Feminist theory, African American material and expressive culture, and critical heritage studies. I have worked 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, Massachusetts; and the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. I am the author of Black Feminist Archaeology, (Left Coast Press, 2011) and my latest research is at the Millars Plantation on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas.


Present Director, University of Massachusetts Amherst W.E.B. Du Bois Center
Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Anthropology, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Steering Committee, University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Heritage & Society

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Five College Curriculum Support for African Studies Grant
  • Andrew W. Mellon Award for W. E. B. Du Bois Center @ UMass


  • Gender & Slavery in the Americas
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Race and the American Museum
  • Gender in Hip-Hop Culture
  • The Anthropology of Slavery


1998 - 2004 PhD, University of Texas Austin
1994 - 2001 MA, College of William and Mary
1989 - 1994 BA, Virginia State University ‐ History

Contact Information

211 Machmer
240 Hicks Way
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-577-0932
Fax: 545-9494

Articles (2)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (5)

Presentations (16)