J. Cameron Monroe

TitleAssociate Professor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentAnthropology Department
AffiliationsHistory Department
Phone831-459-3614
Email,
Web Site Published papers and other materials on Academia.edu
Abomey Plateau Archaeological Project
Office321 Social Sciences I
Office HoursWednesday 10am-12pm & by appointment
Campus Mail StopSocial Sciences 1 Faculty Services
Mail1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA
95060
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Research Interests

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, Israel, Sudan and the United States (California and Virginia). Specializing in the Archaeology of West Africa and the African Diaspora, Professor Monroe directs the Abomey Plateau Archaeological Project (Bénin), and will be launching a new research project in Haiti in the coming months.

Courses Taught

Anthropology 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