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Danielle Raad

Photo of Danielle RaadPh. D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology

Fields: Archaeology, Public History
Interests: Historical Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management, Landscapes, Material Culture, Engaged Anthropology, Human-Animal Interactions, Vegan-Feminism
Education: MEd, High School Education, Lesley University, 2016; MS, Materials Science and Engineering, MIT, 2015; MA, Chemistry, Harvard University, 2012; BSc, Chemistry, Brown University, 2010

Danielle Raad is a Ph. D. Candidate conducting research at the intersections of cultural anthropology, archaeology, and public history. She investigates human-landscape interactions on mountain summits, drawing methods from community-engaged cultural resource management and theory from decolonization and landscape studies. Her field site is the Mount Holyoke Summit House in Hadley, MA. 

While a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry at Harvard, Danielle undertook a project on the analysis of salt production ceramics from sites in China and North America. This work, carried out on collections from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, sparked her interest in archaeology and museum studies. She then went on to MIT, where she was a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and a member of the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology and trained in the analysis of ancient materials. Danielle spent two summers excavating at the Pre-Pottery Neolithic (PPN) archaeological site of el-Hemmeh in Jordan. Her thesis focused the production and exchange of stone beads from el-Hemmeh, using methods from materials science to reconstruct lapidary technologies in the PPN Levant. Danielle was also a high school science teacher for several years in Massachusetts public schools. She taught physics, chemistry, and oceanography in addition to developing a new course in archaeology.

Danielle is currently an adjunct faculty member at Greenfield Community College, where she teaches chemistry. She is a vegan ecofeminist who believes strongly in public education, total liberation, and both human and nonhuman rights.


2021 Raad, D.R. “The Power of Collective Vision: Landscape, Visual Media, and the Production of American Mountains.” Journal of Cultural Geography, 38(1):102-122.

2019 Raad, D.R., Makarewicz, C.A. “Application of X-ray Diffraction and Digital Optical Microscopy to Investigate Lapidary Technologies in Pre-Pottery Neolithic Societies.” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 23:731-745.

2014 Raad, D.R., Li, S., Flad, R. “Testing a Novel Method to Identify Salt Production Pottery via Release and Detection of Chloride Ions.” Journal of Archaeological Science, 43:186-191.