Dela Kuma is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. Dela specializes in African archaeology, the archaeology of ‘legitimate’ trade, and the archaeology of the Atlantic world. Her dissertation, titled “An Archaeology of ‘Legitimate’ Trade in Amedeka, Ghana (AD 1807-1900), examines broad transformations in local taste practices and everyday life during the nineteenth century ‘legitimate’ trade in the hinterlands of southeastern Ghana.

 

She specializes in the use of archaeometry and archaeobotanical tools to answer archaeological questions concerning foodways, trade, and global exchange networks. Dela has also worked on archaeological projects in Nigeria, Portugal, Italy, Israel, and Russia. She was the 2018 co-coordinator of the Northwestern University African Graduate Student Seminar. Generous fellowships from Northwestern University, the Social Science Research Council’s Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship, and the University of Missouri Research Reactor Center Pre-doctoral Award have supported her research.

Before pursuing a Ph.D. at Northwestern University, Dela graduated from Sapienza Universita di Roma, Italy and Universidad di Evora, Portugal with an MSc. in Archaeological Materials Science and a B.A. in Archaeology and Heritage Studies with honors from the University of Ghana.

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Education

 

Present

 

PhD Candidate

Anthropology
Northwestern University, USA

2019

 

M.A.

Anthropology
Northwestern University

 USA

2016

 

M.Sc.

Archaeological Material Sciences

Sapienza Universita di Roma & Universidad di Evora

Italy & Portugal
 

2015

 

Certificate of Advanced Training in the History of Ceramics

Kazan Federal University 

Russia

2013

 

B.A.
Archaeology & Heritage Studies

University of Ghana

Ghana

Fieldwork Experience

 

2019

Project Archaeobotanist

Ife-Sungbo Archaeology Project

 Nigeria

2015 - 2019

Co-Principal Investigator

Amedeka Archaeology Project

Ghana

2015

Unit Supervisor

Manot Cave Archaeology Project

Israel

2009

Field Supervisor

Krobo Mountains Archaeology Project

Ghana

2014

Field Crew

Nkwantanso Ethnographic Project

Ghana

2013 - 2016

Field Supervisor

Ethnoarchaeology of Ironworking and Economic Practices

Ghana

 

Laboratory Experience

Present

Senior Research Specialist

Archaeometry Laboratory

University of Missouri

Research Reactor

2019

Macrobotanical Analyst

  Paleoethnobotany Laboratory

Northwestern University

2016

Ceramic Analyst

Museo delle Origini Laboratory 

Sapienza University of Rome

2015

Ceramic Analyst

Herculus Archaeometry Laboratory

 Evora-Portugal

2015

Advanced Student Trainee

History of Ceramics

Bolgar Archaeological Summer Fieldwork and School

Teaching Experience

 
 

2019

 

Guest Lecture

The Archaeology of Trade in Africa

2019

 

Guest Lecture

Introduction to African Civilization

2019

 

Research Assistant

Paleoethnobotany Laboratory

with Dr. Amanda Logan

 

2019

 

Teaching Assistant

Human Origins

with Dr. Erin Waxenbaum

2018

 

Teaching Assistant

The Study of Culture through Language

with Dr. Nell Haynes

2018

 

Teaching Assistant

Archaeology: Unearthing History

with Dr. Matthew Johnson & Dr. Melissa Rosenzweig

2017

 

Teaching Assistant

Contemporary African Worlds

with Dr. Adia Benton

2013-14

 

Teaching & Field Assistant

University of Ghana

 

Dela Kuma

Northwestern University, Department of Anthropology
1810 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, IL, USA, 60208

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