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Zada Komara
Lecturer, Affiliate faculty member in Anthropology and Appalachian Studies, UK Lewis Honors College
Administrator, Coal Camp Documentary Project

About me:

My focus is Central and Southern Appalachian historical archaeology.  My work explores early 20th-century company coal towns, and explores the entanglement of material culture (the everyday goods that populate our lives) with persistent stereotypes and narratives about the Appalachian region. 

I am a full-time Lecturer in UK's Lewis Honors College, where I'm currently teaching HON 101: The Individual and Society and HON 251: Material Culture & Appalachia. I'm also an affiliated faculty member with the UK Appalachian Center.

I administer the UK Appalachian Center's Coal Camp Documentary Project, a collaborative documentation effort focusing on company coal towns in Kentucky's 54 Appalachian counties.

I own three original series Star Trek uniforms and wear them regularly, and enjoy developing cheesecake recipes.

Baby doll face, Jenkins Shop Hollow Dump Site, Letcher County, Kentucky

Contact Information
Lewis Hall 126B
B.A. Anthropology, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; MA in Anthropology, University of Kentucky; Ph.D. Candidate, University of Kentucky
  • Anthropology
  • Appalachian Center
  • University of Kentucky Appalachian Center
  • Lewis Honors College
  • Appalachian Studies Association