Dr. Cameron Gokee


Ph.D. 2012 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.A. 2006 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
B.A. 2002 Case Western Reserve University

Areas of Research/Interest:

Village communities, borderlands, spatial analysis, material culture; West Africa, Southwestern United States 


Archaeology and the Human Past, Mythbusting in Archaeology, Archaeology, Cultural Artifacts, Field Archaeology, Archaeological Theory 


Dr. Gokee is an anthropological archaeologist who studies the interplay between communities and the broader landscapes and networks that engulf them. His fieldwork in the Upper Senegal-Niger region of West Africa takes a multi-scalar approach to the history of village communities over the past thousand years–a period that witnessed long-term climate change, the rise and fall of medieval empires, the violence of the Atlantic slave trade, the spread of Islam, and ultimately, the imposition of colonialism. He also collaborates with the Undocumented Migration Project to study and call attention to the ways in which undocumented migrants experience the dangerous physical and political landscape of the US-Mexico borderlands of southern Arizona.

Representative Publications:

Forthcoming Shapen signs: Pottery techniques, indexicality, and ethnic identity in the Saalum, Senegambia (c. 1700-1950). In Ethnic ambiguities and the African past: Materiality, history, and the shaping of cultural identities, François Richard and Kevin MacDonald, eds. Left Coast Press.

Forthcoming Sites of contention: Discourse and materiality in the US-Mexico borderlands. First author with Jason De León. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 1(1).

2014 Hunting on the margins of medieval West African states: A preliminary study of the zooarchaeological record at Diouboye, Senegal. Second author with Stephen A. Dueppen. Azania 49(3).

2014 Crafting, cooking, and constructing histories: Women and the politics of everyday life along the Falémé River (ca. AD 1000-1900). African Archaeological Review 31(2):233-263.

2013 Reconnaissance archéologique dans le Bassin du Haut-Niger (Haute Guinée). First author with Karinkan Doumbouya, Morike Sidibe, Keletigui Doukoure, and Idrissa Feinduono. Nyame Akuma 80(2):91-105.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Anthropology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6752

Fax: (828) 262-2982

Office address
324 Anne Belk Hall