Dr. Cameron Gokee

Research Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Lecturer, University College

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

Office Address: 324 Anne Belk Hall
Email: gokeecd@appstate.edu
Phone: 828-262-6752
Fax: 828-262-2982

Areas of Research/Interest
Landscape, kinship and political economy, pottery and craft production, materiality and identity, GIS and spatial analysis, contemporary archaeology of migration; West Africa, Southwestern United States

Teaching
Technology, Culture, and History; Pseudoscience in Archaeology; Lost Cities and Ancient Civilizations; Archaeological Field School

Background
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.

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Physical Location

The Department of Anthropology is located in Anne Belk Hall. The administrative office is located in Room 342 and all of the faculty offices, classrooms, and labs are located on the 3rd floor.

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