Dr. Justin Dunnavant is a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Santa Cruz. His dissertation research explored the intersection of archaeology, identity, and the politics of representation among the Wolaita of southern Ethiopia. His current research in St. Croix, USVI investigates the ecology of enslavement in the former Danish West Indies. He has conducted archaeological excavations in Belize, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, and The Gambia. In addition to his archaeological research, Justin is a founding member of the Society of Black Archaeologists.
Dr. Dunnavant recently co-organized a symposium at UC Santa Cruz entitled, “Emerging Ecologies: Archaeologies of Slavery, Landscape, & Environmental Change” with Dr. J. Cameron Monroe. The symposium brought together archaeologists, biological anthropologists, and geographers to discuss the lasting ecological implications of the Global Slave Trade.