Emily Dale, PhD

Emily Dale Lecturer
Northern Arizona University
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  • Historical archaeology
  • the Chinese diaspora
  • The American West
  • Archaeology of North America
  • Culture contact
  • Identity studies
  • Power, agency, and choice
  • Cultural resource management


  • PhD, University of Nevada - Reno (2016)
  • MA, University of Nevada - Reno (2011)
  • BA, University of Montana (2003)


Dr. Dale is a historical archaeologist specializing in the nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American West.  Her past research focused on the Chinese diaspora in a pair of turn-of-the-century mining boomtowns along the Nevada-California border and the roles of Chinese men in the woodcutting industry. She examines questions of migration, immigration, diasporas, and transnationalism; identity intersectionality and the interplay of race/ethnicity, gender, class, and age in the past; and culture contact between minority populations, like the Chinese and Native Americans, and the ways discriminatory practices leveled against these groups created new realms of contact and identity. 


2016  Chinese Agency in the Era of the Chinese Question: Historical Archaeology of Urban and Rural Sites in Mineral County, Nevada, 1861-1920. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada-Reno.
2015   Households of the Overseas Chinese in Aurora, Nevada. In Beyond the Walls: New Perspectives on the Archaeology of Historical Households, K. Fogle, J. Nyman, and M. Beaudry, editors, University of Florida Press, Gainesville, FL: 144-160.
2011   An Analysis of Aurora, Nevada’s Chinese Population. Proceedings of the Southwestern Anthropological Association 5:63-73.