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Delande Justinvil Anthropology (PhD)

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

Delande Justinvil a third-year doctoral student whose interests lie at the intersection of biocultural anthropology, cultural history, race and science, critical geography, and Black study. His research mobilizes (what he calls) an “anthropology of Black remains” which brings together biological, archaeological, and archival methods to interrogate the afterlives of slavery, with a particular focus on the 19th and 20th century Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. Delande has participated in excavations in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. 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. His dissertation research project uses bioarchaeological analyses and historical methods to investigate recently discovered burials in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.