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M.A. University of Pennsylvania
J.D. Georgetown University
Ph.D. University of Virginia

Research Interests

Historical Archaeology, African Diaspora Studies, Legal Anthropology

Honors & Awards

Award for Distinguished Service 2012-2013, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Gustave O. Arlt Award recipient, 2010, for outstanding contribution to scholarship in the humanities, awarded by the Council for Graduate Schools
John L. Cotter Award recipient, 2009, for outstanding scholarly achievement in African diaspora studies, awarded by the Society for Historical Archaeology.
President, Illinois Archaeological Survey, 2018-2019
University of Illinois, included in List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for twelve courses; voted outstanding Anthropology Faculty member by the Undergraduate Anthropology Students Association.
University Scholar, 2014-2017, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Archaeological and Historical Examination of a Nationalist Mythology of an Authentic Irish Past, 2013.
Cultural Creativity, History & Heritage in Edgefield, South Carolina, 2013, as Project Director, supported by a grant from the Humanities Council of South Carolina and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
National Science Foundation, Research Experiences for Undergraduates, New Philadelphia Archaeology Project, 2008-2012
Community Informatics Initiative, Civic Engagement among Descendant and Local Communities of New Philadelphia, 2008-2009
Memory and Heart: Pasts and Presents of African American Communities, 2011, as Project Director, supported by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.
New Philadelphia Archaeology and the Digital Archaeological Record, 2011, as Principal Investigator, awarded by the Digital Antiquity initiative.
National Center for Preservation Training and Technology, Aerial Thermal Survey of New Philadelphia, 2008
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Faculty Fellowship, 2006-2007; among others.


Anth 105, World Archaeology (Fall 2019)
Anth 220, Introduction to Archaeology (Fall 2019)

Anthropology and Law; Social Norms and Law; Racism and Social Science; Landscape Archaeology; Archaeological Surveying; and Historical Archaeology, among others. Follow "Visit Website" link for syllabi

I am a faculty affiliate of, and offer courses related to, the UIUC Center for African Studies, Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, Department of African American Studies, College of Law, and Department of Landscape Architecture. I also serve as Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Office Address

Department of Anthropology
607 S Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Phone

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Research Output 2000 2017

Architecture and Landscape Art

Fennell, C., Fields, S. & Schumann, R., Jul 20 2017, The Routledge History of the American South. Morehouse, M. M. (ed.). New York: Taylor and Francis, p. 164-176 13 p. (Routledge Histories).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Broken Chains and Subverted Plans: Ethnicity, Race, and Commodities

Fennell, C., Jan 2017, Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida. 316 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

economic system
economic value

Challenging Theories of Racism, Diaspora, and Agency in African America

White III, W. A. (ed.) & Fennell, C. (ed.), Mar 2017, In : Historical Archaeology. 51, 1, p. 1-148 148 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Editor’s Introduction

Fennell, C. C., Sep 2 2017, In : Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage. 6, 3, p. 171-173 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

cultural landscape
technical innovation
nineteenth century
nineteenth century
slave trade
cultural landscape

Activities 2005 2017

  • 7 Invited talk
  • 4 Oral presentation
  • 2 Editorial activity

Interdisciplinary Investigations in African Diaspora Archaeology

Christopher Fennell (Speaker)
Sep 5 2014

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Teaching about Racism

Christopher Fennell (Speaker)
Jan 30 2017

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Paradoxes in Designs for a National Historic Landmark's Presentation

Christopher Fennell (Speaker)
Sep 27 2014

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Honors & Recognition

Historical Archaeology
school graduate
teaching research