Zada Komara

  • Anthropology Ph.D. Candidate
  • Research Assistant UK Appalachian Center
  • Administrator Coal Camp Documentary Project
  • Anthropology
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B.A. Anthropology, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; MA in Anthropology, University of Kentucky


About me:

My focus is Central and Southern Appalachian historical archaeology under Drs. Dick Jefferies and Kim McBride.  My dissertation work focuses on early 20th century company coal towns, and seeks to explore how Progressive Era reform and reformers influenced consumption of everyday goods among working-class households.  Hopefully, I will someday make a connection between this research and Star Trek, thus effectively combining my two major scholarly interests.

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

Selected Publications: 

Komara, Zada  (2015)  Phase I Archaeological Survey of the Proposed Mattoxtown Cell Tower, Fayette County, Kentucky.  Appalachian Archaeology, LLC.  Report on file at the Kentucky Heritage Council, Frankfort, Kentucky.


Komara, Zada and Shane Barton  (2014)  Materializing Appalachian Kentucky Coal Towns: Public Archaeology as Applied Anthropology in the Coal Camp Documentary Project.  Practicing Anthropology  36(4): 25-30.  

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