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Fladd, Samantha

Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Fladd's research focuses on the Southwest United States, specifically the ancient Pueblos of the Four Corners region. Topically, she is interested in the ways social groups negotiate their identities through relationships to their spatial setting, incorporating traditional architectural approaches with studies of depositional practices and room decommissioning. Additionally, she is part of an interdisciplinary team examining water management strategies, specifically canals. She has conducted fieldwork in Chaco Canyon, northeastern Arizona, and southwestern Colorado and maintains ongoing research in these areas. In addition to her fieldwork, Dr. Fladd utilizes archival records and museum collections in her research frequently and is particularly interested in the history of archaeology and the creation of digital archives.


  • archaeology of the Pueblo southwest, western Pueblo ethnohistory, Homol’ovi Settlement Cluster, Hopi, Chaco Canyon, architecture, deposition, ritual and religion, practice theory, spatial analysis, social identity, social memory, power, assemblage-based analyses, sociopolitical organization


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courses taught

  • ANTH 2200 - The Archaeology of Human History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Where do we come from? This course provides a brief introduction to the practice of archaeology and then emphasizes the evidence for major events/transitions in human history over the last 2.5 million years. Required for ANTH majors.
  • ANTH 4210 - Southwestern Archaeology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Explores the prehistory of the American Southwest from the earliest entry of humans into the area to the Spanish entrada. Focuses on important themes in cultural development: the adoption of agricultural strategies, sedentism, population aggregation, population movement, and social complexity. Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 2200. Same as ANTH 5210.
  • ANTH 7200 - Bridging Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Addresses important topics with current theoretical perspectives from at least two anthropological subdisciplines. This provides an interdisciplinary approach across the sub-disciplines of Anthropology: Archaeology, Biological, and Cultural enabling students to better understand and appreciate a holistic approach to anthropological inquiry. Graduate students from other departments may be allowed to take the course if room permits and they have an appropriate background by instructor's permission.
  • MUSM 6950 - Master's Thesis in Museum and Field Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023
    A thesis, which may be of a research, expository, critical or creative type, is required of every master's degree candidate under the thesis option. Department enforced prerequisites: MUSM 5011 and MUSM 5051 and one of the following: MUSM 5030 or MUSM 5031 or MUSM 5041.
  • MUSM 6960 - Master's Project or Paper in Museum and Field Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Summer 2023
    A project or paper in the student's discipline and related to some aspect of museum studies is required of every master's degree candidate under the non-thesis-option plan. Department enforced prerequisites: MUSM 5011 and MUSM 5051. Students in collections/field track also need MUSM 5030 or MUSM 5031 or MUSM 5041.


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