Department of Anthropology
Ph.D. Historical Anthropology, College of William & Mary; M.A. Cultural Anthropology, College of William & Mary
Buck Woodard is a cultural anthropologist specializing in historical and applied research, with a primary focus on the ethnohistory and ethnology of indigenous North America. His research interests include cosmology and ritual life, heritage tourism, indigeneity, political economy, and world-systems theory. Currently, Dr. Woodard is continuing fieldwork among Iroquoians in Oklahoma, New York, and Virginia. There, research topics include kinship and socio-political organization in opposition to state-level structures, revitalization of language use and food ways, and the ways in which the preservation of heritage resources play out in issues of sovereignty and public representation. Data from this fieldwork are contributing to an interdisciplinary working group Community-Engaged Scholarship (CES) in Indian Country. Recent work in material culture research include a fellowship (2014) and interdisciplinary collaboration (2017) to study Algonquian objects at the Ashmolean Museum of Archaeology and Art in Oxford, UK, and a visiting position (2015-17) at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, as the co-curator for the exhibition Building the Brafferton: The Founding, Funding, and Legacy of America’s Indian School (2016-17). Previously, Dr. Woodard directed the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s American Indian Initiative (2008-17) and Historic Jamestowne’s Indigenous Chesapeake (2009-14). Both programs were applied public anthropology, utilizing ethnographic fieldwork and civic engagement to collaborate with federally acknowledged and state-recognized American Indian communities.