Affiliated Institutions

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Whitney Battle-Baptiste is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Battle-Baptiste is a historical archaeologist interested in race, gender, and cultural landscapes. Her theoretical interests include Black Feminist theory, Critical Race Theory, the African Diaspora and critical heritage studies. Her publications include commentaries and papers in edited volumes on historical archaeology and slavery in the Southern United States. She has conducted field work at many sites, including the home of Andrew Jackson in Nashville, Tennessee; Rich Neck Plantation in Williamsburg, Virginia; The Abiel Smith School in Boston, Mass; and the W. E. B. DuBois Homesite in Great Barrington, Mass. Her latest research is on the Millars Plantation on the island of Eleuthera, in the Bahamas. She is the author of, Black Feminist Archaeology, published in 2011 by Left Coast Press.

Areas of Research

historical archaeology, black feminist theory, critical heritage studies


Battle-Baptiste, W. Black Feminist Archaeology. Left Coast Press, 2011.

Battle-Baptiste, W. “‘In this here place’: Interpreting Enslaved Homeplaces,” In Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora, Akin Ogundiran and Toyin Falola, pgs. 233-248, Indiana University Press, 2007.

Battle-Baptiste, W., “An Archaeologist Finds her Voice: A Commentary on Colonial and Postcolonial Identities,” In World Archaeological Congress Handbook on Postcolonialism and Archaeology, Uzma Rizvi and Jane Lydon, pgs. 387-391, Left Coast Press, 2010.

Battle-Baptiste, W., “Sweepin’ Spirits: Power and Transformation on the Plantation Landscape, ” In Archaeology and Preservation of Gendered Landscapes, Sherene Baugher and Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood, pgs. 81-94, Springer Press, 2010.

Battle-Baptiste, W., “The ‘Other from Within’: A Commentary,” In Past Meets Present: Archaeologists Partnering with Museum Curators, Teachers, and Community Groups, John Jameson and Sherene Baugher, pgs. 101-106, Springer Press, 2007.

Battle-Baptiste, W., “Global Conversations: New Directions and Dialogues in African Diaspora Studies,” MUSEUM International, vol. 62(1/2):26-30, 2007.


Great Barrington, MA, United States

The W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite

The W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite is a National Historic Landmark located in Great Barrington, MA. The project has begun to engage members of the local community that for a variety of reasons have never felt invested in the site (as a place of memorialization or commemoration). The appeal of critical heritage is how the practice redefines the role of the archaeologist/scholar as authority into a facilitator and advocate for the opinions and needs of a variety of stakeholders.

Eleuthera Island, North Eleuthera, Bahamas

Millars Plantation

Eleuthera, an outer island in the Bahamas is the site of a former plantation known as Millars. The property is a unique example of a plantation that was occupied from slavery to Bahamian independence. The plantation has the potential to become a critical component of cultural heritage on the island and through a community-based approach, can provide an important contribution to African Diaspora Archaeology in general.