Elena Sesma

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  • Assistant Professor
  • Anthropology
  • Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies
  • African American and Africana Studies
216 Lafferty Hall, Office hours Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm or by appointment
859 257 1051
Research Interests:
Education

Ph.D 2019 University of Massachusetts Amherst, Anthropology. PhD, "The Political Work of Memory in Collaborative Caribbean Archaeology."

M.A. 2014 University of Massachusetts Amherst, Anthropology. M.A., "Creating Mindful Heritage Narratives: Black Women in Slavery and Freedom"

B.A. 2011 University of Maryland, College Park.

Prospective Students

Prospective graduate students are welcome to contact me to disucss advising/mentoring possibilities for the coming academic year. Those interested in historical & contemporary archaeology, community-based research, Black feminist theory and African Diaspora archaeology are especially encouraged to apply. 

 

Selected Publications: 
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
  • Under review. Materializing Memory and Building Community: A Contemporary Archaeology of the Bahamas. Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association. Contemporary Archaeologies in Old Places: Material Politics between Past and Present, editors Elena Sesma and Evan Taylor.
  • 2020. Sesma, Elena. Photo elicitation as a tool for expanded participation in community archaeology. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage. Available open-access: https://doi.org/10.1080/20518196.2020.1793074
  • 2016. Sesma, Elena. Creating Mindful Heritage Narratives: Black Women in Slavery and Freedom. Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 5(1):38-61.
  • 2015. Sesma, Elena. 'A Web of Community': Uncovering African American Historic Sites in Deerfield, MA. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage 2(2): 121-136. 
PEER-REVIEWED EDITED VOLUMES
  • Under review. Contemporary Archaeologies in Old Places: Material Politics between Past and Present. Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association. Editors, Elena Sesma and Evan Taylor.
COMMUNITY REPORTS
  • 2018. Sesma, Elena, "Memory and History in South Eleuthera: A Report to the People of South Eleuthera" (2018). Archaeological Project Reports. 1. https://doi.org/10.7275/z08z-1g12