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Lindsay M. Montgomery

About Lindsay M. Montgomery

Lindsay is an anthropological archaeologist whose work focuses on the material practices of mobile groups during the late pre-contact and colonial periods. Her research employs a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach, which brings together archaeological, archival, oral historical, and ethnographic sources to understand the social practices of mobile groups, such as the Ute, Jicarilla Apache, and Comanche. Her current research revolves around a collaborative research project with Picuris Pueblo in northern New Mexico. This work explores the social and economic relationship between Picuris Pueblo and the Jicarilla Apache through an investigation of agricultural practices at the Pueblo between 1400-1750 CE. Lindsay is currently a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University where  she is working on a full-length monograph entitiled "We Take Our Place With Us" which documents the deep history of mobile land-use practices on the Taos Plateau.

Selected Publications

2019 (with Chip Colwell) Objects of Survivance: A Material History of the American Indian School Experience. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.

2019. Comanche Imperialism: The Materiality of Empire. In Indigenous Persistence in the Colonized Americas: Material and Documentary Perspectives on Entanglement, edited by Heather Law-Pezzarossi and Russell Sheptak, 99-120. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico.

2019. Nomadic economics: The logic and logistics of Comanche Imperialism in New Mexico. Journal of Social Archaeology.
2019. (with Severin Fowles) Biographic tradition rock art of 18th Century New Mexico. In Murals of the Americas, edited by Victoria Lyall, 99-117. Denver: Denver Art Museum.
2018. Memories that Haunt: Reconciling with the Ghosts of thecAmerican Indian School System. International Journal of Heritage Studies.

Courses Taught

ANTH 696a. Indigenous Theory and Philosophy

ANTH 638. Culture Contact & Colonialism

ANTH 457/557. Contesting the Past: Archaeology and Global Heritage

ANTH 385. Fight the Power!


Areas of Study

North American West


Research Interests

Settler Colonialism, Inter-ethnic Interaction, Ethnohistory, Indigenous philosophy, Oral History

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Contact Information

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Telephone: 520-621-5109
Office: Haury Building, 408D
Office Hours: Tuesday 2-5pm. Please email for zoom link.


Ph.D., Stanford University 

B.A., Barnard College (Columbia University)