Senate Faculty

Tsim D. Schneider
  • Pronouns he, him, his, his, himself
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Anthropology Department
  • Affiliations American Indian Resource Center, Archaeological Research Center, Legal Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Kenneth S Norris Center for Natural History
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  • Email
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  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 1, 305
  • Office Hours W, 9-11 AM (Zoom)
  • Mail Stop Social Sciences 1 Faculty Services
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Anthropology, Archaeology, Colonialism, California History, Indigenous Peoples, Material Science
  • Courses ANTH 3 - Introduction to Archaeology, ANTH 110C / LGST 112 - California Pasts, ANTH 170 - History of Archaeological Theory, ANTH 176A - North American Archaeology, ANTH 176F - California Archaeology, ANTH 196U - Historical Anthropology, ANTH 276G - Archaeology of Colonial Borderlands, ANTH 287 - Indigenous Archaeology

Research Interests

Indigenous peoples, Indigenous archaeology, archaeology, colonialism, borderlands, space/place, landscape, mobility, social memory, San Francisco Bay, 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


Tsim Schneider (he/him) is an archaeologist and tribal citizen of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Dr. Schneider studies the interactions between Indigenous peoples and colonial institutions, primarily in California. With permission and support from Graton Rancheria and landowners, for the past two decades Dr. Schneider has carried out archaeological, archival, and oral history research on the resilience of California’s mission-era (CE 1769-1830s) and post-mission Indigenous communities. Aspects of this research have been published in The Archaeology of Refuge and Recourse: Coast Miwok Resilience and Indigenous Hinterlands in Colonial California (University of Arizona Press, 2021) and in several journal articles, book chapters, and other venues. Schneider’s research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, American Philosophical Society, Hellman Fellows Fund, and other campus grants. His current and future research explores different facets of Indigenous heritage and resilience, and Dr. Schneider is always eager to hear from students who might be curious about the UCSC graduate program in anthropological archaeology.

Honors, Awards and Grants

2016-2020, National Science Foundation, BCS collaborative grant (Award #1558987)

2017-2018, Hellman Fellowship

2013-2015, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship

2009-2010, UC Dissertation-Year Fellowship

Selected Publications


2022 Archaeologies of Indigenous Presence, ed. by TD Schneider and LM Panich. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

2021 The Archaeology of Refuge and Recourse: Coast Miwok Resilience and Indigenous Hinterlands in Colonial California. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

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

Select Articles and Book Chapters (last 5 years):

2021   "'Dancing on the Brink of the World': Seeing Indigenous Dance and Resilience in the Archaeology of Colonial California." American Anthropologist 123(1):50-66.

2020   "Scaling Invisible Walls: Reasserting Indigenous Persistence in Mission-Era California" by TD Schneider, K Schneider, and LM Panich. The Public Historian 42(4):97-120. [2021 G. Wesley Johnson Award (Honorable Mention) for the best article in The Public HistorianNational Council on Public History]

2020   "Epistemic Colonialism: Indigenous Communities, Archaeology, and Evidence in the Americas," ed. by TD Schneider and KH Hayes. Special issue of American Indian Quarterly 44(2).

2019   "Heritage In-Between: Seeing Native Histories in Colonial California." The Public Historian 41(1):51-63.

2019   "Categorical Denial: Evaluating Post-1492 Indigenous Erasure in the Paper Trail of American Archaeology" by LM Panich and TD Schneider. American Antiquity 84(4):651-668.

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.