Alice P. Wright

PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan


As an anthropological archaeologist, I am interested in the ways that the past can inform our present understanding of what it means to be human. Specifically, I study the ways that people experience cross-cultural encounters, and how those experiences lead to (or don’t lead to) changes in social, political, economic, and religious institutions. My current research focuses on pre-Columbian interactions in the Eastern United States, with a particular focus on the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Grounded in historical ecology and theories of structure, practice, and events, this work has involved analyses of Middle Woodland (ca. 300 BC - AD 600) landscapes, monuments, portable material culture, and interregional social and religious networks. I have explored these and other topics in the classroom and the field as college-level instructor, and have made efforts to share this research with the public through a variety of community archaeology programs.

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