The Archaeology Center from time to time appoints post-doctoral researchers to work in specific areas of archaeological research. These last from 1 to 3 years and the post-docs are provided space in the Archaeology Center. The positions are advertised when available.
Lindsay Weiss is a postdoctoral researcher in the Archaeology Center and the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. Her research specializes in the politics of heritage and history in the postcolonial context. Her work examines questions of rights, recognition and ethics in the sphere of public history.
Lindsay earned her doctorate at Columbia University in 2009. Her doctoral research explores the history of the late 19th century South African diamond rush and the role that speculative culture played in establishing apartheid conditions on the Diamond Fields. Her archaeological research examines the social and political significance of changes in material culture before and
Interests Heritage, postcolonial theory, South Africa, historical archaeology, speculative culture
Melissa Baird, Postdoctoral Fellow in Global HeritageMelissa Baird investigates the political and social implications of the practices of heritage by examining the nature and use of institutional and expert knowledge. In December 2009, she completed her dissertation research, The Politics of Place: Heritage, Identity and the Epistemologies of Cultural Landscapes. Her ethnographic and archival project examined heritage experts at UNESCO and ICOMOS and analyzed two UNESCO cultural landscapes: Tongariro National Park, New Zealand and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia. She asked: How is knowledge about indigenous groups (i.e., traditional owners) produced and evaluated by heritage experts? How do designations affect identities and indigenous claims to traditional homelands, resources, and subsistence and resource management practices? Melissa is working on new avenues that have emerged from this work and continues her analysis of international cultural heritage and cultural landscapes, especially the intersections of cultural and natural heritages. This work will take her to New Zealand to investigate the archival materials related to land claims and natural and cultural heritage in the Waitangi Tribunal Archives.
Interests Critical heritage studies, cultural landscapes, indigenous anthropologies, expert knowledge, ethics, social theory, ethnographic methods, politics of archaeology