Year Entered:: 2012
Degree sought:: PhD.
Research Interests: Historical archaeology, ethnohistory, Native American studies, culture contact, colonialism, Spanish Florida, Southeast US.
BackgroundPatrick graduated from Beloit College in 2008, majoring in anthropology and minoring in museum studies. While at Beloit, he did an archaeological field school in Chile, a semester abroad in Mexico, and worked for the Logan Museum of Anthropology and Wright Museum of Art. In the summers of 2005 and 2008 he worked for George Washington's Ferry Farm in Fredericksburg, VA. He earned a MA in Anthropology from the University of West Florida (UWF) with a thesis entitled Apalachee Agency on the Gulf Coast Frontier.That thesis used various archives and seventeenth- and eighteenth-century archaeological sites occupied by Native American to demonstrate the fluidity and hybridity of ceramic assemblages. In addition to building on that research, he is currently using Spanish colonial documents to examine the Apalachicola Lower Creek, an eighteenth-century Yamasse-Cherokee chief, and the sixteenth-century Virginia Indians.