Associate Professor
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 Christopher Fennell

Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
607 S Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 1:30pm to 3:00pm, or by appointment

Research Interests

  • Historical archaeology, trans-Atlantic comparative studies, diaspora studies, legal anthropology

Education

  • Phd, University of Virginia, 2003. JD, Georgetown University, 1989. MA, University of Pennsylvania, 1986.

Distinctions / Awards

  • Award for Distinguished Service 2012-2013, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Gustave O. Arlt Award recipient, 2010, for outstanding contribution to scholarship in the humanities, awarded by the Council for Graduate Schools
  • John L. Cotter Award recipient, 2009, for outstanding scholarly achievement in African diaspora studies, awarded by the Society for Historical Archaeology.
  • University of Illinois, included in List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for seven courses; voted outstanding Anthropology Faculty member by the Undergraduate Anthropology Students Association.
  • University Scholar, 2014-2017, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Grants

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Faculty Fellowship, 2006-2007; among others
  • National Science Foundation, Research Experiences for Undergraduates, New Philadelphia Archaeology Project, 2008-2012
  • Archaeological and Historical Examination of a Nationalist Mythology of an Authentic Irish Past, 2013.
  • Community Informatics Initiative, Civic Engagement among Descendant and Local Communities of New Philadelphia, 2008-2009
  • Cultural Creativity, History & Heritage in Edgefield, South Carolina, 2013, as Project Director, supported by a grant from the Humanities Council of South Carolina and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Memory and Heart: Pasts and Presents of African American Communities, 2011, as Project Director, supported by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.
  • New Philadelphia Archaeology and the Digital Archaeological Record, 2011, as Principal Investigator, awarded by the Digital Antiquity initiative.
  • National Center for Preservation Training and Technology, Aerial Thermal Survey of New Philadelphia, 2008

Courses

  • Anth 106 & Afro 106, Historical Archaeology of the Americas (Fall 2015)
  • Anth 453 & LA 454, Landscape Archaeology (Fall 2015)
  • Anthropology and Law; Social Norms and Law; Racism and Social Science; Landscape Archaeology; Archaeological Surveying; and Historical Archaeology, among others. Follow "Visit Website" link at right for syllabi
  • Archaeology Field School courses
  • Urban Archaeology in Vienna (Study Abroad)
  • I am a faculty affiliate member of the UIUC Center for African Studies, the Department of African American Studies, the College of Law, and the Department of Landscape Architecture. I also serve as Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Selected Publications

Books

Fennell, Christopher Crossroads and Cosmologies: Diasporas and Ethnogenesis in the New World Gainesville University Press of Florida 2007.
African Diaspora Archaeology compiled by Christopher Fennell. Compiled by Christopher Fennell, Tucson Society for Historical Archaeology 2008.
Revealing Landscapes compiled by Christopher Fennell. Compiled by Christopher Fennell, Tucson Society for Historical Archaeology 2011.
Fennell, Christopher C Broken Chains and Subverted Plans: Ethnicity, Race, and Commodities Gainesville University Press of Florida 2017.
Investigations of Craft and Industrial Enterprise compiled by Christopher Fennell. Compiled by Christopher Fennell, Society for Historical Archaeology 2016.

Book Contributions

Fennell, Christopher BaKongo Identity and Symbolic Expression in the Americas The Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora BaKongo Identity and Symbolic Expression in the Americas Bloomington Indiana University Press 2007, p. 210-50.
Fennell, Christopher African Diaspora Archaeology in Multiscalar and Multivariate Perspectives African Diaspora Archaeology edited by Christopher Fennell. African Diaspora Archaeology in Multiscalar and Multivariate Perspectives Edited by Christopher Fennell, Tucson Society for Historical Archaeology 2008, p. 1-25.
Fennell, Christopher Combating Attempts of Elision: African American Accomplishments at New Philadelphia, Illinois Intangible Heritage Embodied Combating Attempts of Elision: African American Accomplishments at New Philadelphia, Illinois New York Springer 2009, p. 147-168.
Fennell, Christopher Carved, Inscribed, and Resurgent: Cultural and Natural Terrains as Analytic Challenges Revealing Landscapes edited by Christopher Fennell. Carved, Inscribed, and Resurgent: Cultural and Natural Terrains as Analytic Challenges Edited by Christopher Fennell, Tucson Society for Historical Archaeology 2011, p. 1-11.
Fennell, Christopher Examining Structural Racism in the Jim Crow Era of Illinois The Materiality of Freedom: Archaeologies of Post-Emancipation Life edited by Jodi Barnes. Examining Structural Racism in the Jim Crow Era of Illinois Edited by Jodi Barnes, Columbia University of South Carolina Press 2011, p. 173-189.
Fennell, Christopher C Kongo and the Archaeology of Early African America Kongo Across the Waters edited by Susan Cooksey, edited by Robin Poynor, edited by Hein Vanhee. Kongo and the Archaeology of Early African America Edited by Susan Cooksey, Edited by Robin Poynor, Edited by Hein Vanhee, Gainesville University of Florida Press 2013, p. 231-239.
Fennell, Christopher C Dexterous Creation: Material Manifestations of Instrumental Symbolism in the Americas Materialities of Ritual in the Black Atlantic edited by Akinwumi Ogundiran, edited by Paula Saunders. Dexterous Creation: Material Manifestations of Instrumental Symbolism in the Americas Edited by Akinwumi Ogundiran, Edited by Paula Saunders, Bloomington Indiana University Press 2014, p. 216-235.
Fennell, Christopher Fighting Despair: Challenges of a Comparative, Global Framework for Slavery Studies The Archaeology of Slavery: A Comparative Approach to Captivity and Coercion edited by Lydia Wilson. Fighting Despair: Challenges of a Comparative, Global Framework for Slavery Studies Edited by Lydia Wilson, Carbondale, Illinois Southern Illinois University Press 2014, p. 391-399.
Fennell, Christopher Cultural Creativity, Rebellions, and Comparative Questions for Afro-Brazilian Archaeology Current Perspectives on the Archaeology of African Slavery in Latin America edited by Pedro Funari, edited by Charles Orser. Cultural Creativity, Rebellions, and Comparative Questions for Afro-Brazilian Archaeology Edited by Pedro Funari, Edited by Charles Orser, New York Springer 2014, p. 99-116.
Fennell, Christopher C Manufacturing Relationships in Industry, Craft, and Heritage Investigations of Craft and Industrial Enterprise Manufacturing Relationships in Industry, Craft, and Heritage Society for Historical Archaeology 2016, p. 9-30.

Journal Articles

Fennell, Christopher Group Identity, Individual Creativity and Symbolic Generation in a BaKongo Diaspora International Journal of Historical Archaeology 7 1 2003, p. 1-31.
Fennell, Christopher Conjuring Boundaries: Inferring Past Identities from Religious Artifacts International Journal of Historical Archaeology 4 4 2000, p. 281-313.
Fennell, Christopher Assessing Criticisms of Faunal Analyses and Environmental Reconstructions in the Tehuacan Valley Project Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal 29 3 2001, p. 349-359.
Fennell, Christopher, and Lee Anne Fennell Fear and Greed in Tax Policy: A Qualitative Research Agenda Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 13 2003, p. 75-138.
Fennell, Christopher Molded Malevolence: Instrumental Symbolism Rendered in Clay Ceramics in America 3 2003, p. 270-273.
Fennell, Christopher Excavating Strata of Memory and Forgetting SAA Archaeological Record 8 1 2008, p. 17-21.
Fennell, Christopher Damaging Detours: Routes, Racism and New Philadelphia Historical Archaeology 44 1 2010, p. 138-154.
Fennell, Christopher Early African America: Archaeological Studies of Significance and Diversity Journal of Archaeological Research 19 1 2011, p. 1-49.
Fennell, Christopher Literate Inversions and Cultural Metaphors in Edgefield Stoneware Historical Archaeology 45 2 2011, p. 156-162.
Fennell, Christopher Introductory Statement Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 1 1 2012, p. 5-8.
Fennell, Christopher, and Kathryn Fay Paradoxes in Designs for a National Historic Landmark's Presentation Museums & Social Issues 7 2 2012, p. 323-340.
Fennell, Christopher Artifacts to Invoke, Direct, and Deflect Historical Archaeology 48 3 2014, p. 196-200.

Encyclopedia Entries

Fennell, Christopher African Diaspora Archaeology Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology New York Springer Press 2012.
Fennell, Christopher African Diaspora Archaeology Network Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology New York Springer Press 2012.