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John Chenoweth


Associate Professor of Anthropology


Ph.D.: University of California-Berkeley (2011)

M.A.: Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania (2006). 

Most recently he was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University’s IHUM/Thinking Matters program and a lecturer in Stanford’s Anthropology Department (2011-2013).

4012 CASL Building
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128


John Chenoweth is an historical archaeologist and anthropologist whose research focuses on the material aspects of community identity, particularly the interaction of religion, race, and power, and broad systems of power such as colonialism.  His work has primarily taken place in Caribbean, particularly the British Virgin Islands, where he studies 18th and 19th century sites of enslavement and freedom. Recent work also looks at 19th century religious communities in Michigan, contemporary archaeology, and materials science. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania.  He came to Dearborn following two years as a teaching postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

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Selected Publications

Chenoweth, John M

2017. Natural Graffiti and Cultural Plants: Memory, Race, and Contemporary Archeology in Yosemite and Detroit. American Anthropologist 119(4)


Chenoweth, John M.
2017. Simplicity, Equality, and Slavery: An Archaeology of Quakerism in the British Virgin Islands, 1740-1780. University of Florida Press.


Bates, Lynsey, John M. Chenoweth, and James Delle, eds.
2016. Archaeologies of Slavery and Freedom in the Caribbean: Exploring the Spaces in Between. University Press of Florida.


Chenoweth, John M.
2014. Practicing and Preaching: Creating a Religion of Peace on a Slavery-Era Plantation. American Anthropologist 116(1): 94-109.


Chenoweth, John M.
2009 Social Identity, Material Culture, and the Archaeology of Religion: Quaker Practices in Context. Journal of Social Archaeology 9 (3): 319-340.

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