Craig Cipolla

Assistant Professor, Status Only; Tufts University
Royal Ontario Museum
(416) 586-5727


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Areas of Interest/Research keywords: Indigenous North America; Indigenous-Colonial histories; historical archaeology; archaeology of colonialism; collaborative archaeology; archaeological theory; archaeological fieldwork; repatriation; archaeological ethics

Research Region: North America (Great Lakes and New England)


Craig Cipolla is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University and an Assistant Professor, Status Only, at the University of Toronto. Before moving to Canada, he held academic positions in the US and the UK, including a Marie Curie Research Fellowship. He has published widely on North American archaeology, collaborative archaeology, and archaeological theory, including over 40 publications in journals such as American Antiquity and American Anthropologist. His books include Becoming Brothertown (2013, University of Arizona Press) and Archaeological Theory in the New Millennium (with Oliver Harris, 2017, Routledge). Through grants and donor cultivation, he has helped raise over 2.5 million dollars (CAD) in research funding and museum donations, including grants from the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. He is currently the director of the Mohegan Archaeological Field School, a collaborative field school designed and run in partnership with the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut.


  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania (Anthropology, 2010)
  • M.A. University of Massachusetts Boston (Historical Archaeology, 2005)
  • B.A. University of Massachusetts Boston (Anthropology, 2003)


  • Representation and Meaning in Archaeology (edited with Edward Swenson, 2021, special edition of World Archaeology)
  • Archaeological Theory in Dialogue (with Rachel Crellin, Lindsay Montgomery, Oliver Harris, Sophie Moore, 2021, Routledge)
  • Archaeological Theory in the New Millennium (with Oliver Harris, 2017, Routledge)
  • Foreign Objects (editor, 2017, University of Arizona Press)
  • Rethinking Colonialism (edited with Kat Hayes, 2015, University Press of Florida)
  • Becoming Brothertown (2013, University of Arizona Press)

Administrative Service

  • Editorial Boards: American Antiquity; Journal of Posthumanism; Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage; Journal of Field Archaeology
  • Review Board: Wenner-Gren