Michelle  Lelievre

Assistant Professor of American Studies & Anthropology

Office: Rm 117 Washington Hall and College Apartments 6B
E-mail: [[malelievre]]
Phone: 757-221-1957
Areas of specialization: Mobility; Indigenous sovereignty; Political subjectivity; Socio-cultural theory; Space, place and landscape; Northeastern North America; Decolonizing pedagogies and research methods; Heritage and museum studies; History of anthropology and archaeology; Oral history
Education: PhD, Anthropology, University of Chicago (2012); MPhil, Archaeology, University of Cambridge (2000); BA, Anthropology and Classical Archaeology, McGill University (1998)

I am an anthropologist studying the colonial and post-colonial experiences of indigenous peoples in northeastern North America. I use an intra-disciplinary approach to examine how mobility has mediated socio-political relationships between indigenous and settler populations. I am particularly interested in documenting how mobile peoples construct place over time. Because I take a long-term perspective on the relationship between mobility and politics in settler colonies, my fieldwork integrates archaeological survey and excavation, participant observation, open-ended interviews, and extensive archival research. My work is inspired by, and critical of, the legacy of anthropological research on traditionally hunting, gathering and fishing peoples in the Northeast. Hence my teaching and research interests extend to the history of anthropology, indigenous cosmologies, decolonizing pedagogies, palaeogeology, and social and political theories of subjectivity and sovereignty.
Courses offered
Anthropology course offerings:

ANTH 150W - Interrogating Hunter-Gatherers
ANTH 201/COLL 200 - Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 350 - Political Anthropology
ANTH 470 - Indigenous Archaeology
ANTH 600 - Socio-Cultural Theory

American Studies courses offerings:

AMST 150W - Excavating the Past
AMST 470/570 - Movement/Mobility/Migration
AMST 410 - Williamsburg Documentary Project