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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

John L. Cotter Award recipient, 2009, for outstanding scholarly achievement in African diaspora studies, awarded by the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Gustave O. Arlt Award recipient, 2010, for outstanding contribution to scholarship in the humanities, awarded by the Council for Graduate Schools.

Award for Distinguished Service 2012-2013, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

University of Illinois, included in List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for thirteen courses; voted outstanding Anthropology Faculty member by the Undergraduate Anthropology Students Association.

University Scholar Award, 2014-2017, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

President, Illinois Archaeological Survey, 2018-2019.

Daniel G. Roberts Award for Excellence in Public Historical Archaeology recipient, 2020, for "commitment to public scholarship" and "anti-racism scholarship and education in historical archaeology," awarded by the Society for Historical Archaeology.


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; and other grants.


Anth 453, Landscape Archaeology (Fall 2020)
Anth 220, Introduction to Archaeology (Fall 2020)

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, Department of Landscape Architecture, and Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. 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

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

  • 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

  • Activities

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

    Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage (Journal)

    Christopher Fennell (Editor)

    2011 → …

    Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

    International Journal of Historical Archaeology (Journal)

    Christopher Fennell (Editorial board member)

    2005 → …

    Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Interdisciplinary Investigations in African Diaspora Archaeology

    Christopher Fennell (Speaker)

    Sep 5 2014

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Tradition and Modernity on Great Blasket Island, Ireland

    Christopher Fennell (Speaker)

    Oct 7 2015

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk