University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Fellows, Kristen, Ph.D.

Kristen Fellows, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, North Dakota State University
Elected: 2010 (Department of Anthropology)

Kristen received her B.A. from the University of Florida in Anthropology. She graduated with a Ph.D. from Penn's Anthropology department in 2013. She has participated in fieldwork at Monticello, Virginia; Paynes Town Seminole Site, Florida; Vineland, New Jersey; Pahala Plantation, Hawaii; Rose Hill, New York; Samaná, Dominican Republic; Portsmouth, Dominica; and Mandeville, Jamaica. Kristen's subfield of choice is historical archaeology. Her research interests include Caribbean studies, with a particular focus on the Dominican Republic; feminist and gender archaeologies; plantation systems; enslaved communities; race and racisms; early globalization; and social stratification.

Kristen's dissertation, with the title "African Americans from 'Back Yonder': The Historical Archaeology of the Formation, Maintenance, and Dissolution of the American Enclave in Samana, Dominican Republic," focuses on a free black community who emigrated from the United States to Haiti in the 1820s and their descendants who have remained in what is now Samaná, Dominican Republic. This community serves as a lens through which she explores the processes of community formation and maintenance and the intersection of race and nation. In 2010 she conducted fieldwork in the Dominican Republic; the primary focus was an aboveground study of the cemetery in the town of Santa Barbará de Samaná, involving surveying, mapping, and aerial photography. She also completed a series of oral history interviews with local members of the descendant community and archival research locally and at the Sociolinguistic Laboratory at the University of Ottawa. She has presented a poster and a series of papers on her findings at the annual meetings for the Society for Historical Archaeology including a poster in January 2011, the paper "Boundary Making in the African Diaspora: 'Inmigrantes Norteamericanos' in Samaná, Dominican Republic" (2012) in a session she co-chaired, and the paper "African Americans in a Dominican Cemetery: Social Boundaries of an Enclave Community" (2013). In January, 2014, she will present the paper "Negotiating Transnational Identity in Post-Revolutionary Hispaniola" in Quebec City.

During the summers of 2012 and 2013, Kristen served as the Field Director at Marshall's Pen, a colonial coffee plantation outside of Mandeville, Jamaica. With James Delle (Kutztown University), the P.I. on the project, she has multiple articles forthcoming concerned with this site, as well as a wheat plantation site in Upstate New York. These publications include: "The Racialization of Labor in Early 19th-century Upstate New York: Archaeology at the Rose Hill Quarter Site, Geneva," in Race in the Northeast: Archaeological Studies of Racialization, Resistance, and Memory; "Death and Burial at Marshall's Pen, a Jamaican Coffee Plantation, 1814–1839: Examining the End of Life at the End of Slaver," Slavery and Abolition; and "A Plantation Transplanted: Archaeological Investigations of a Piedmont-Style Slave Quarter at Rose Hill," Northeast Historical Archaeology.


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