Whitney Battle-Baptiste

Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology

Whitney Battle-Baptiste is a historical archaeologist who focuses primarily on the historical intersection of race, class, and gender in the shaping of cultural landscapes across the African diaspora.  Her theoretical interests include Black feminist theory, African American material and expressive culture, and critical heritage studies.  Her work spans a variety of historic sites in the Northern and Southern United States, including the home of Andrew Jackson in Nashville, Tennessee; Rich Neck Plantation in Williamsburg, Virginia; the Abiel Smith School in Boston, Massachusetts; and the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  Her latest research is a community-based archaeology project at the Millars Plantation site on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

Recent Publications:

  • Whitney Battle-Baptiste. 2010. “Sweepin’ Spirits: Power and Transformation on the Plantation Landscape,” in Sherene Baugher and Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood (eds.) Archaeology and Preservation of Gendered Landscapes. New York: Springer Publishing.
  • Whitney Battle-Baptiste. 2011. Black Feminist Archaeology. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Keywords: Black feminist theory, African American material, expressive culture, critical heritage studies, plantations, power, natural landscape, cultural landscape, anthropology, archaeology