Alicia Odewale, PhD

Alicia Odewale, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
College of Arts & Sciences
918-631-2363 Harwell Hall


PhD – University of Tulsa MA – University of Tulsa BA – Westminster College


Dr. Alicia Odewale is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tulsa. She specializes in African Diaspora archaeology in the Caribbean and Southeastern United States. Since 2014 she has been researching archaeological sites related to Afro-Caribbean heritage on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands but continues to research sites of African heritage in Oklahoma, Virginia, Arkansas, and Mississippi. While she continues to research both urban and rural sites of enslavement in St. Croix, her latest research project based in Tulsa, OK seeks to reanalyze historical evidence from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, launch new archaeological investigations in the historic Greenwood district, and use radical mapping techniques to visualize the impact of the massacre through time on the landscape of Greenwood, utilizing a slow community-based approach. Her research interests include the archaeology of enslavement and freedom in urban contexts, Caribbean archaeology, rural and urban comparative analyses, community-based archaeology, ceramic analysis, transferware studies, mapping historical trauma from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and investigations into different forms of cultural resistance. Her research has received awards and support from the American Anthropological Association, the National Science Foundation, the Society of Historical Archaeology, the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, and the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS). In addition to her role as faculty, she also serves as the director of the Historical Archaeology and Heritage Studies Laboratory at TU and serves as the co-creator of the Estate Little Princess Archaeological Field School in St. Croix that trains local students in archaeological methods and other STEM related skills for free.

Research Interests

African Diaspora Archaeology, Danish West Indies/Virgin Islands Archaeology and History, Caribbean Archaeology, Urban Enslavement and Freedom, Community-based archaeology, Comparative/Collections-based Research, DAACS, Archaeology of the Tulsa Race Massacre/Greenwood District, Ceramic Analysis, Transferware studies, Resistance, Heritage Preservation, Archaeology as Social Justice, and Museum Exhibit Development

Teaching Interests

ANTH 1063 Culture, People, and Nature
ANTH 2053 Cultures Before History
ANTH 3803 Roots of Hamilton: Relics of Resistance Across the Black Atlantic World
ANTH 4273/6273: Archaeology and History of the African Diaspora
ANTH 7863 Transforming Historical Archaeology Methods


Journal Articles

  • Alicia Odewale. An Archaeology of Struggle: Material Remnants of a Double Consciousness in the American South and Danish Caribbean Communities. Transforming Anthropology 27(2): 114-132. DOI: 10.1111/traa.12165.

  • Odewale, Alicia. “In Service to a Danish King: Comparing the Material Culture of Royal Enslaved Afro-Caribbeans and Danish Soldiers at the Christiansted National Historic Site.” Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage March 2017 (2017): n. pag. Print.

Book Chapters

Technical Reports

  • Odewale, Alicia. Phase II Archaeological Investigations of the Danish West India and Guinea Company Warehouse, Christiansted NHS: Investigating Risk Mitigation Among Enslaved Africans. National Park Service, 2016. Print.

  • Odewale, Alicia. Phase I Archaeological Investigations of the Danish West India and Guinea Company Warehouse, Christiansted NHS: Investigating Risk Mitigation Among Enslaved Africans. National Park Service, 2015. Print.

Courses Taught

  • Research and Dissertation
  • Research & Thesis
  • Culture, People and Nature: General Anthropology
  • Cultures Before History: Archaeology
  • Archaeology and History of the African Diaspora

Awards & Honors

  • TAFH: International Exchange Program Award, Swaziland Africa
  • Third Place Oral Presentation
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Gail Nutting Mirandi: Outstanding Classics Student Award
  • Building Future Faculty Program Award
  • Chapman Distinguished PhD Award
  • Diversity Teaching Fellowship
  • Bellwether Fellowship