The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Evan Taylor

Evan Taylor

Evan Taylor

Research Interests: 
Critical heritage studies; Archaeological ethnography; Contemporary and historical archaeology

I do research in critical heritage studies and the archaeology of the contemporary, bridging the subfields of archaeological and cultural anthropology. My dissertation research focuses on concepts of heritage at the intersection of community projects, commodification, and coloniality in the historic urban centers of Acre (‘Akka/Akko) and Rhodes. I explore how local communities resist state projects through reclamation and re-creation of heritage. Other projects have explored Indigenous peoples’ representation and museums in Canada and the politics of Dead Sea Scrolls exhibits in the United States and Palestine/Israel. I have received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction, the Culture and Heritage in European Societies and Spaces program (NSF IIA-1261172), the 2008 Cultural Heritage Grant Fund, the UMass Amherst Graduate School, and the UMass Amherst Department of Anthropology.

Ph.D. Candidate