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Raczek, Teresa P., Ph.D.

Teresa P. Raczek, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Kennesaw State University, Georgia 
Elected: 2001 (Department of Anthropology)

Teresa is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Kennesaw State University. She graduated from the Penn in 2007 with a Ph.D. in Anthropology after completing her dissertation, "Shared Histories: Technology and Community at Gilund and Bagor, Rajasthan, India (c. 3000–1700 BC)," under the late Dr. Gregory Possehl, a Kolb Senior Fellow. Before that she completed an M.A. in Social Sciences at the University of Chicago and a B.A. in History at Barnard College. She also taught at the University of New Hampshire for four years in the Department of Anthropology.

Teresa co-directs the Mewar Plain Archaeological Assessment, a collaborative umbrella project with Indian and American scholars that investigates micro-scale social and economic processes in early complex societies. Funded in part by National Geographic and the American Philosophical Society, the project systematically surveys and samples third millennium B.C. archaeological sites (including Chatrikhera, Jawasiya-Arni, and Pachamta) that lie just outside of the greater Indus-Harappan region in an effort to identify regional networks and the role of mobility in bridging non-urban communities. The project also works with local communities to document and preserve tangible and intangible heritage.

Teresa has been a contributing editor for two recent publications: Connections and Complexity: New Approaches to the Archaeology of South and Central Asia, co-edited with Penn graduates Shinu Abraham, Praveena Gulapalli, and Uzma Rizi, and Gilund Report on Excavations: The Artifacts and Other Studies, co-edited with Dr. Vasant Shinde and the late Dr. Gregory Possehl. In addition to editing and co-editing two other volumes, she has published numerous articles on the topics of lithics, technology, mobility, South Asian archaeology, collaboration, and heritage.

Teresa teaches a variety of undergraduate courses at Kennesaw State University, where she is a member of the Honors Faculty. She regularly takes undergraduate students to India to conduct research and most recently led the “Craft and Society in India” field school in summer 2014 to study craft production in Udaipur, Rajasthan. She is the Anthropology Section Chair for the Georgia Academy of Sciences and also spearheads Kennesaw State University’s International Archaeology Day community engagement efforts.


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