Kerry F. Thompson,
Assistant Professor, Graduate Coordinator
Blg 70 Rm #1A
Northern Arizona University
- Federal Indian law and policy
- Southwestern archaeology
- Applied archaeology
- Indigenous perspectives in anthropology & archaeology
- Ethics in anthropology
- American Indian identities
- Lithic technology
- PhD, University of Arizona (2009)
- MA, Northern Arizona University (2002)
- BA, Northern Arizona University (1998)
As a member and resident of the Navajo Nation my primary
interests in archaeology and applied archaeology are those that intersect with
social justice, inclusion, and equity issues for Native American people. I am
particularly interested in the development of Indigenous perspectives in anthropology
and archaeology, understanding current U.S. cultural resource management laws
and policies from a federal Indian law perspective, and the archaeology of
colonialism. I have worked on sites and lithic assemblages ranging from the
Paleoindian to the late Pueblo II/early Pueblo III (twelfth century) periods in
the American Southwest. I am also interested in the research potential of
archaeological and anthropological archives pertaining to Indian land claims
and the Indian Claims Commission.
My broader interests include American, Native
American, and European crafts and craft industries, particularly as they relate
to gender, gendered contexts, and gender ideologies. I am also interested in
indigenous language revitalization, contemporary American Indian reservation
and urban identities, and Native American education. Finally, I maintain an
avid interest in dogs and dog domestication.
F. and Ronald H. Towner
(In press) Navajo Archaeology and a Century of Alternative
Navajo History. In Oxford Handbook of
, edited by Barbara J. Mills and Severin Fowles.
Oxford University Press, New York.
Thompson, Kerry F.
Navajo Nation, Diné Archaeologists, Diné Archaeology, and Diné Communities. Archaeologies: the Journal of the World