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Delande Justinvil Anthropology (PhD)

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Degrees
BA, Anthropology; Classical Studies; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University

Bio
Interests: Black burial grounds; Bioarchaeology and osteology; Genetics, genealogy, and ancestry; Race, racism, and racialization; Memory, museums, and the archive; Violence and trauma.

Delande Justinvil is critical biocultural anthropologist whose interests lie at the intersection of Black Studies, Cultural History, and Biological Anthropology. Delande’s research mobilizes (what he calls) an “anthopology of Black remains” to interrogate the biological, psychic, and social afterlives of slavery across the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., with a particular focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. This research focuses on the skeletal analyses of African Americans, while embracing broader articulations of Blackness and race that include the recapitulations of rac(ial)ist science, Black life as a remnant of the archive and its silences, as well as the traumatic haunts within the archaeologies of black memory. In summer 2019, Delande was the was the lead curator of “Plans to Prosper You: Reflections of Black Resistance and Resilience in Montgomery County’s Potomac River Valley,” presented by the American University Museum in the summer 2019. He currently works with Professor Rachel Watkins on the Nation Park Service (NPS) “Manassas National Battlefield Park – Ethnographic Overview and Assessment” project. Prior to coming to American University, Delande was the academic administrator of Department of African and African American Studies and program coordinator of the African Diaspora Cluster Initiative at Brandeis University.