National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Whitney Battle-Baptiste

Affiliation: University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Professor Whitney Battle-Baptiste is a Professor of Anthropology at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst. She holds degrees from Virginia State University (BA), the College of William and Mary (MA) and University of Texas, Austin (PhD). Professor Battle-Baptiste’s research interests include historical archaeology, African diaspora archaeology, and Black feminist theory. She has worked on a number of historic sites across the Eastern United States, including Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Plantation in Nashville, Tennessee; Rich Neck Plantation in Williamsburg, Virginia; the Abiel Smith School in Boston, Massachusetts; and the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. She examines historical African diaspora sites through the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality, during slavery and post-emancipation, and community-based methods are central to her archaeological practice and pedagogy. Some of Professor Battle-Baptiste’s notable publications include Black Feminist Archaeology (2011), and W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America, co-edited with Britt Russert (2019). She is one of the AIA Norton Lecturers for the 2024/2025 National Lecture Program season.

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