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Dr. Christopher Matthews is a historical archaeologist and professor of anthropology at Montclair State. He earned a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University.

Dr. Matthews' research interests include the archaeology of capitalism and race in the United States and the practice of community-based research. His focus is the archaeology of slavery and freedom, and he has directed field projects in this area in Maryland, Louisiana, New York, and New Jersey. Dr. Matthews teaches courses such as: the Anthropology of Race, Archaeology in Montclair, Native North Americans, and Introduction to Archaeology.

Dr. Matthews is the author of An Archaeology of History and Tradition and The Archaeology of American Capitalism and co-editor of Ethnographic Archaeologies: Reflections on Stakeholders and Archaeological Practice and The Archaeology of Race in the Northeast. He is also the editor of the Society for Historical Archaeology’s journal, Historical Archaeology.

Research interests

Archaeology of capitalism and race in the United States and the practice of community-based research, with a focus on sites associated with slavery and freedom.

Scholarly Interests

American Historical Archaeology

Teaching

Courses include the Anthropology of Race, Archaeology in Montclair, Native North Americans, and Introduction to Archaeology.

Faculty/Media Expert

Expert on the historical archaeology of capitalism and race in the United States, focusing on sites associated with slavery and freedom.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

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