Matthew Liebmann

Matthew Liebmann

Peabody Professor of American Archaeology and Ethnology
Department Chair
Matthew Liebmann

Research and Teaching Interests

North American Archaeology, Southwest US, contact and colonialism in the Americas, Historic Pueblos, NAGPRA

Matthew Liebmann is a Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University.  His research interests include the archaeology of the Southwest U.S., historical archaeology and historical anthropology, collaborative archaeology, the archaeology of colonialism, archaeological theory, and postcolonialism.  He has conducted collaborative research with the Pueblo of Jemez since 2001, and formerly served as Tribal Archaeologist and NAGPRA Program Director at the  Jemez Department of Natural Resources.  He is the author of Revolt: An Archaeological History of Pueblo Resistance and Revitalization in 17th Century New Mexico (2012) and the co-editor of Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique (with Uzma Rizvi, 2008) and Enduring Conquests: Rethinking the Archaeology of Resistance to Spanish Colonialism in the Americas (with Melissa S. Murphy, 2011).

Selected Publications

  • Losing Control in the American Southwest: Collaborative Archaeology in the Service of Descendant Communities. In Engaging Archaeological Research: 25 Case Studies in Research Practice, edited by Stephen Silliman, pp. 23-30. WileyBlackwell, London. (2018)
  • From Landscapes of Meaning to Landscapes of Signification in the American Southwest. American Antiquity (2017)
  • Native American Depopulation, Reforestation, and Fire Regimes in the Southwest U.S., 1492-1900 C.E. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016)
  • The Mickey Mouse Kachina and Other “Double Objects”: Hybridity in the Material Culture of Colonial Encounters. Journal of Social Archaeology (2015)
  • The Rest is History: Devaluing the Recent Past in the Archaeology of the Pueblo Southwest. In Decolonizing Indigenous Histories: Exploring Prehistoric/Colonial Transitions in Archaeology, edited by Siobhan M. Hart, Maxine Oland, and Liam Frink, pp. 19-44. University of Arizona Press, Tucson. (2012)

Curriculum Vitae


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