J. Cameron Monroe
|Division||Social Sciences Division|
|Web Site|| Published papers and other materials on Academia.edu|
Abomey Plateau Archaeological Project
|Office||321 Social Sciences I|
|Office Hours||TuTh 1-2pm & by appointment|
|Campus Mail Stop||Social Sciences 1 Faculty Services|
|1156 High St|
Santa Cruz, CA
Archaeology of West Africa and the African Diaspora; historical anthropology; social complexity and the state; urbanism; space, landscape and monumentality; culture contact and change; spatial analysis and GIS; West Africa (Bénin) and the Caribbean (Haiti).
Biography, Education and Training
Professor J. Cameron Monroe earned a B.A. from UC Berkeley (1995), M.A. from UCLA (1999), and PhD from UCLA (2003), all degrees in Anthropology. Between 2004 and 2006, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Departments of African and African American Studies, Anthropology, and History at Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the Department of Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz in the Fall of 2006. He has participated in archaeological field research in Armenia, Belize, Bénin, Haiti, Israel, Sudan and the United States (California and Virginia). Specializing in the Archaeology of state formation in West Africa and the African Diaspora, Professor Monroe has directed the Abomey Plateau Archaeological Project (Bénin) since 2000, and launched a new research project in Haiti in 2015.
- The Precolonial State in West Africa: Building Power in Dahomey. New York: Cambridge University Press, (2014).
- “Power and Agency in Precolonial African States”, Annual Review of Anthropology 42 (2012).
- Power and Landscape in Atlantic West Africa: Archaeological Perspectives, Co-edited with Akin Ogundiran, New York: Cambridge University Press (2012).
- “In the Belly of Dan: Space, History, and Power in Precolonial Dahomey”, Current Anthropology 52:6, pp. 769-798 (2012).
- “Urbanism on West Africa’s Slave Coast: Archaeology sheds new light on cities in the era of the Atlantic slave trade”, American Scientist 99(5):400-409 (2011).
- “Power by design: architecture and politics in precolonial Dahomey”, Journal of Social Archaeology 10(3): 477-507 (2010).
- “Continuity, Revolution, or Evolution on the Slave Coast of West Africa? Royal Architecture and Political Order in Pre-colonial Dahomey”, Journal of African History 48, 349-373 (2007).
Courses TaughtAnthropology 3: Introduction to Archaeology
Anthropology 175B: African Complex Societies
Anthropology 178: Historical Archaeology, A Global Perspecive
Anthropology 194L: African Diaspora Archaeology
Anthropology 194Y: Archaeologies of Space and Landscape
Anthropology 287: Pathways to Social Complexity
Anthropology 294: Landscape Archaeology