Senate Faculty

J. Cameron Monroe
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Anthropology Department
    • Archaeological Research Center
  • Affiliations History Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 1, 321
  • Mail Stop Social Sciences 1 Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St
    • Santa Cruz CA 95060
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Archaeology, Africa and African Studies, African Diaspora, Slavery, Digital Humanities, Atlantic World, Colonialism, Geographic Information Systems, Subsaharan Africa
  • Courses 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

Summary of Expertise

Professor J. Cameron Monroe’s research broadly examines political, economic, and cultural transformation in West Africa and the Diaspora in the era of the slave trade. He has conducted longterm research in the Republic of Bénin in West Africa (The Abomey Plateau Archaeological Project). This project explores the the political economy of landscape and the built environment and the nature of urban transformation in West Africa during the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. In 2015 he initiated a comparative project on the materiality of power and political sovereignty in post-revolutionary Haiti. This project (The Milot Archaeological Project) examines the royal palace site of Sans-Souci in its broader political and economic context in the Kingdom of Hayti, a short-lived experiment in political order in the wake of the Haitian revolution.

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, Haiti, Israel, Sudan and the United States (California and Virginia).