Kristina Douglass, assistant professor in the College of the Liberal Arts’ Department of Anthropology, is an Africanist anthropologist, focusing on the anthropology and archaeology of sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean, as well as the way humans interact with their environment. Her work aims to link anthropology, conservation and development, while addressing the insertion of archaeological narratives of human environmental impact into conservation and policy discourse. She earned her doctorate in anthropology from Yale University and is currently a Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Prior, she served as an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University.
Douglass’ current work investigates human-environment interaction in Madagascar. She uses archaeological, ethnohistorical, ethnographic and biological data to understand the dynamic relationship between communities and their environment over time. For the last five years, she has directed the Morombe Archaeological Project (MAP) in Madagascar, a project that combines regional excavations with gathering oral histories in southwest Madagascar.