Ladder Rank Faculty

Tsim D. Schneider
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Anthropology Department
  • Affiliations American Indian Resource Center, Archaeological Research Center, Kenneth S Norris Center for Natural History, Crown College
  • Phone
    831-459-2472
  • Email
  • Fax
    831-459-5900
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 1, 305
    • 305 Social Sciences 1
  • Mail Stop Social Sciences 1 Faculty Services
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Anthropology, Archaeology, Colonialism, California History, Indigenous Peoples, Material Science
  • Courses Taught ANTH 110C - California Pasts, ANTH 170 - History of Archaeological Theory, ANTH 176A - North American Archaeology, ANTH 176F - California Archaeology, ANTH 196U - Historical Anthropology, ANTH 287 - Indigenous Archaeology

Research Interests

Anthropological archaeology, culture contact and colonialism, Spanish missions, borderlands, landscape and place, social memory, lithics, indigenous archaeology, California and North America

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. - University of California, Berkeley

M.A. - University of Texas at Austin

B.A. - University of Texas at Austin

Specializing in the archaeology of culture contact and colonialism, Dr. Schneider has worked on archaeological projects throughout California and also in Texas, Hawaii, Baja California, and Tuscany, Italy. In cooperation with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and landowners, Dr. Schneider is currently co-directing an archaeological project in Marin County examining social resiliency and change within mission-era (AD 1776-1830s) and post-mission Native American communities. This research is funded by grants from the American Philosophical Society and the National Science Foundation.

Recent research features:

National Science Foundation on Facebook

Audubon Canyon Ranch - "Conservation in Action"

Honors, Awards and Grants

2017-2018, UCSC Hellman Fellowship

2016-2019, National Science Foundation, BCS collaborative research grant (Award #1558987)

2013-2015, University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

2009-2010, University of California Dissertation-Year Fellowship

Selected Publications

2019   "Landscapes of Refuge and Resiliency: Native Californian Persistence at Tomales Bay, California, 1770s-1870s" by TD Schneider and LM Panich. Ethnohistory 66(1):21-47.

2018    "Making and Unmaking Native Communities in Mission and Post-Mission Era Marin County, California." In Forging Communities in Colonial Alta California, ed. by KL Hull and JG Douglas, pp. 88-109. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

2018    "Indigenous Persistence and Foodways at the Toms Point Trading Post (CA-MRN-202), Tomales Bay, California" by TD Schneider, A Janzen, GM DeAntoni, AM Hill, AJ Apodaca, and RQ Cuthrell. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 38(1):51-73.

2018    "Finding Mid-Ninteenth Century Native Settlements: Cartographic and Archaeological Evidence from Central California" by LM Panich, TD Schneider, and RS Byram. Journal of Field Archaeology 43(2):152-165.

2017    "Coastal Lives and Resilient Histories in Gold Rush-Era Native California." News from Native California 30(4):36-39.

2017    "Detailing the Bead Maker: Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) of Steatite Disk Beads from Prehistoric Napa Valley, California" by TD Schneider and LD Hager. In Not Just for Show: The Archaeology of Beads, Beadwork, & Personal Ornaments, ed. by DE Bar-Yosef Mayer, C Bonsall, and AM Choyke, pp. 136-155. Oxford, England: Oxbow Books.

2015    “Placing Refuge and the Archaeology of Indigenous Hinterlands in Colonial California.” American Antiquity 80(4):695-713.

2015    “Envisioning Colonial Landscapes Using Mission Registers, Radiocarbon, and Stable Isotopes: An Experimental Approach from San Francisco Bay.” American Antiquity 80(3):511-529.

2015     “Expanding Mission Archaeology: A Landscape Approach to Indigenous Autonomy in Colonial California” by LM Panich and TD Schneider. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 40:48-58.

2014    Indigenous Landscapes and Spanish Missions: New Perspectives from Archaeology and Ethnohistory, ed. by LM Panich and TD Schneider. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.