Matthew Liebmann

Matthew Liebmann

John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences
Matthew  Liebmann


Research and Teaching Interests: North American Archaeology, Southwest US, contact and colonialism in the Americas, Historic Pueblos, NAGPRA.

Curriculum Vitae

My primary research focuses on the archaeology of the Southwest U.S., with a specialization in the contact period and the historic-era Pueblos of New Mexico. I am particularly interested in the changes to Indigenous life that occurred during the 17th century following the arrival of Europeans in the northern Rio Grande region. More generally, my research interests include the archaeology of colonialism; revitalization movements; hybrid material culture; archaeologies of resistance; postcolonial theory; and NAGPRA.

Methodologically, I am committed to collaboration with descendant communities and improving relations among archaeologists and Native Americans. A vital component of my work entails collaboration with the Pueblo of Jemez (particularly the Jemez Department of Resource Protection), and I work with tribal members in the formulation of research designs, data collection, interpretation, and presentation of the final results. We tend to use non-invasive techniques as part of our research methods, and as a result I have developed a secondary interest in 'surface archaeology' and archaeological survey and mapping techniques that combine elements of large-scale, landscape archaeology with more traditional, site-based investigations.

Theoretically, my interests include postcolonialism; semiotics; Indigenous and collaborative archaeologies; and material culture theory/materiality.

Selected Publications

  • The Mickey Mouse Kachina and Other “Double Objects”: Hybridity in the Material Culture of Colonial Encounters. Journal of Social Archaeology (2015)
  • Revolt: An Archaeological History of Pueblo Resistance and Revitalization in 17th Century New Mexico.  University of Arizona Press, Tucson (2012)
  •  Enduring Conquests: Rethinking the Archaeology of Resistance to Spanish Colonialism in the Americas, edited by Matthew Liebmann and Melissa S. Murphy.  SAR Press, Santa Fe. (2011)
  • Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique, edited by Matthew Liebmann and Uzma Z. Rizvi. Altamira Press, Lanham, MD. (2008)
  •  The Innovative Materiality of Revitalization Movements: Lessons from the Pueblo Revolt   of 1680. American Anthropologist 110(3):360-372. (2008)

Contact Information

Peabody Museum 566
11 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 496-3125

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