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Dr. Roby is a historical archaeologist who specializes in the African Diaspora.

John Roby

He will be teaching in the Anthropology Department during the 2013–2014 academic year. He has previously taught at New Mexico State University, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Dr. Roby's research has focused on the African Diaspora—the movement, both voluntary and involuntary, of African-descended people throughout the world since the 15th century. He earned his Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton in 2011, after completing a dissertation that examined the activities of daily life of a free African-American family who established a farmstead in Northeastern Pennsylvania early in the 19th century. He directed two archaeological field schools for SUNY Binghamton at this site, and he has done fieldwork on prehistoric and historical archaeological sites in Georgia, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and upstate New York.

His other research and teaching interests include the history and archaeology of capitalism, historic-period ceramics, archaeological dating methods, archaeology of the contemporary past, and archaeological writing and storytelling. You can read more about Dr. Roby's academic and other interests on his blog, DigsAndDocs, and follow him on Twitter: @JohnRRoby.

Dr. Roby's invited post on the Society for Historical Archaeology "Current Topics" blog, May 2013: "Why historical archaeology should pay attention to the Occupy movement"

Read an article about Dr. Roby's dissertation research from the Binghamton University Magazine, Fall 2008, "Digging For Frontier History."

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