Race, Class and Gender: Exploring the Cultural Roots of the African Diaspora

Race, Class and Gender: Exploring the Cultural Roots of the African Diaspora Race, Class and Gender: Exploring the Cultural Roots of the African Diaspora

September 15, 20201 min read


Whitney Battle-Baptiste, an historical archaeologist, focuses on the historical intersection of race, class, and gender in shaping cultural landscapes in the African diaspora has appeared in print, electronic and digital media to discuss a wide range of topics including the significance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the history of W.E.B. Du Bois.



Her theoretical interests include Black feminist theory, African American material and expressive culture, and critical heritage studies. Her work spans a variety of historic sites in the Northern and Southern United States, including the home of Andrew Jackson 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.

Her latest research is a community-based archaeology project at the Millars Plantation site on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.


Recent Publications:

2010 “Sweepin’ Spirits: Power and Transformation on the Plantation Landscape,” in Sherene Baugher and Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood (eds.) Archaeology and Preservation of Gendered Landscapes. New York: Springer Publishing

2011 "Black Feminist Archaeology" Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.


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