Sissel Schroeder
Sissel Schroeder

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1997
Professor of Anthropology and Director of the College of Letters & Science Honors Program
At UW-Madison since 2000


Affiliations: American Indian Studies Program
The Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies
Center for Culture, History and the Environment


My most current research has four interrelated spheres of study: microhistorical investigation of households, ancient architecture, planned communities, and built landscapes as expressions of social order in which both cosmological canons of design and vernacular traditions of engineering and construction style contribute to architectural variation; ecological and agency-based considerations of emerging sociopolitical complexity among ancient societies in the Midcontinent and Southeast United States; historical ecological efforts at modeling ancient resource productivity; and the history of archaeology as practiced in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century - a time when newly discovered archaeological evidence was used to establish cultural historical meta-narratives that are still in use today in many regions. These questions are being pursued in the context of my fieldwork and collections-based analyses in western Kentucky (the Jonathan Creek site, associated with the Mississippian Tradition), the American Bottom in Illinois (region with intensive Mississippian occupation), and southern Wisconsin (the Skare site, a multicomponent site; Aztalan, associated with the Late Woodland and Mississippian Traditions).


Anthro 100: General Anthropology
Anthro 112: Principles of Archaeology
Anthro 120: Freshman Interest Group Seminar on Landscapes: Biological, Physical, and Cultural Dimensions
Anthro/AISP 354: Archaeology of Wisconsin
Anthro/AISP 355: Archaeology of Eastern North American
Anthro 370: Field Course in Archaeology

Anthro 490: Undergrad Seminar

Anthro 696: Archaeological Methods of Curation

Anthro 942: Seminar

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Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae


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