John L. Creese
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Office: Minard Hall 428D10
- Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Toronto, 2011
- MA, Anthropology, University of Toronto, 2005
- BA, Anthropology Specialist, Trinity College, University of Toronto, 2003
As an anthropological archaeologist, Dr. Creese's research program is broadly concerned with understanding changing social constructions of the body, community, and identity through the analysis of material culture and built environments. Taking the view that social relations past and present are heavily mediated by architecture, his ongoing research focuses on the organization of space in late pre-contact and early historic Indigenous village communities in the Great Lakes region of North America. Employing spatial analysis tools including Geographic Information Systems, this work examines how Indigenous people’s understandings of personhood and community were connected to heterarchical power relations and corresponding built environments. He is currently engaged in developing a community-based participatory research project with the goal of documenting resilience strategies among diasporic Indigenous Wendat (Wyandot) communities in the 17th- and 18th-century upper Midwest.
Dr. Creese's research program will provide numerous opportunities for student training and community outreach in the greater region served by NDSU. Next summer, for example, he plans to conduct several weeks of archaeological survey as part of a larger pilot project on the Wyandot diaspora. This work will be done in a community-based participatory research framework, such that contemporary Tribal groups will be involved in project development, education, and outreach. He also plans to take NDSU students and Tribal members to the field under the auspices of an archaeological field school planned for summer 2017. This will generate ongoing opportunities for graduate and undergraduate training in archaeological laboratory methods, data analysis, and academic writing. The skills associated with this hands-on training are directly relevant to applied anthropology career paths – for instance in Cultural Resource Management and Tribal Heritage Preservation – that directly serve NDSU’s land grand mission.