Senate Faculty

Tsim D Schneider
  • Pronouns he, him, his, his, himself
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
    • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • 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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  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 1, 305
  • Office Hours Spring 2024 & Fall 2024 - By Appointment Only
  • 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 189A - Archaeological Field Techniques, 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 a citizen of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and archaeologist. Dr. Schneider studies the interactions between Indigenous peoples and colonial institutions, primarily in California. He is the author of The Archaeology of Refuge and Recourse: Coast Miwok Resilience and Indigenous Hinterlands in Colonial California (University of Arizona Press, 2021), two edited volumes, and several journal articles, book chapters, and other writings. Schneider’s research, publications, and student training and mentorship have been supported by the National Science Foundation, American Philosophical Society, Hellman Fellows Fund, and other campus grants. His current and future research examines different facets of California Indian heritage and resilience, currently represented by three interrelated projects:

  • -- Investigating the resilience of California Indian peoples in colonial Marin County (ca. late-1700s to early 1900s) through collaborative Indigenous Archaeology, archival and ethnographic research, and heritage studies;
  • -- Reexamining a collection of local and mass-produced materials excavated from the “Lost Adobe” of Mission Santa Cruz in the 1980s; and, more recently,
  • -- Braiding Indigenous knowledges and western science to understand the last 500 years of Native shell bead production and senses of place.

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

2023-2028, National Science Foundation, Center for Braiding Indigenous Knowledges and Science (Science and Technology Center, BCS-224328); Co-PI (Subaward #017819-9129)

2023-2025, National Science Foundation, Co-PI (SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, SMA-2313733)

2016-2020, National Science Foundation, PI (Collaborative grant, BCS-1558987 & 1559666)

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.

See my profiles on or Google Scholar for a more complete list of publications.