The Phd Program in Archaeology at the CUNY Graduate Center focuses on major theoretical issues of wide concern in anthropology (institutions and statehood, human environmental impacts, power and inequality, cultural flows and change), while at the same time providing rigorous training in archaeological method and theory. The faculty maintains a strong tradition and solid basic training in the science of archaeology alongside a commitment to community archaeology and decolonial heritage practice. Specific topics of concern in the Archaeology Program include:

  • Historical Ecology and Climate Change
  • Materiality
  • Heritage and Ethics
  • Foodways
  • Imperialism, Colonialism, and Post-colonialism
  • Race formation in the Atlantic World
  • Social archaeology

In addition, archaeology faculty at the Graduate Center maintain major research and field projects that provide students with a broad range of fieldwork and research opportunities around the world. CUNY archaeology faculty have active field projects in:

  • Barbados
  • Egypt
  • Greenland
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Iceland
  • Liberia
  • Mexico
  • Scotland
  • Sudan
  • Turkey
  • United States

Major facilities of CUNY’s archaeology program include bioarchaeology, zooarchaeology, paleobotany, ceramics, and digital archaeology laboratories, and the Human Ecodynamics Research Center (HERC) at the CUNY Graduate Center. It is also a core partner in the New York Anthropological Archaeology Research Consortium (NYAARC), in collaboration with anthropology faculty from NYU and Columbia to increase opportunities for student research and training.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the archaeology subfield coordinators.

Subfield Coordinators for Archaeology

Anna Lucille Boozer
Professor, Baruch College

Matthew C. Reilly
Assistant Professor, The City College of New York

Archaeology Faculty 

Alexander A. Bauer 

Kelly Britt 

Thomas McGovern 

Cameron L. McNeil 

William Parry 

Timothy W. Pugh