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Michael V. Wilcox

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Michael V. Wilcox

Ph.D. Harvard, 2001
Research Interests: 
postcolonial approaches to archaeology; ethnic identity and conflict; political and historical relationships between Native Americans and anthropologists and archaeologists.


Michael Wilcox joined the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University in 2001 as an Assistant Professor. His dissertation, entitled "The Pueblo Revolt of 1680: Communities of Resistance, Ethnic Conflict and Alliance Formation Among Upper Rio Grande Pueblos," articulates the social consequences of subordination, and explores the processes of boundary maintenance at both regional and communal levels. During his graduate studies at Harvard, he was very involved in strengthening the Harvard University Native American Program and in designing and teaching award-winning courses in Native American Studies.

His recent publications include: The Pueblo Revolt and the Mythology of Conquest: An Indigenous Archaeology of Contact, University of California Press (2009) (book blog at:; Marketing Conquest and the Vanishing Indian: An Indigenous Response to Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse; Journal of Social Archaeology, Vol. 10, No. 1, 92-117 (2010); Saving Indigenous Peoples From Ourselves: Separate but Equal Archaeology is Not Scientific Archaeology", American Antiquity 75(2), 2010; NAGPRA and Indigenous Peoples: The Social Context, Controversies and the Transformation of American Archaeology, in Voices in American Archaeology: 75th Anniversary Volume of the Society for American Archaeology, edited by Wendy Ashmore, Dorothy Lippert, and Barbara J. Mills (2010).

Professor Wilcox's main research interests include Native American ethnohistory in the American Southwest; the history of Pueblo Peoples in New Mexico; Indigenous Archaeology; ethnic identity and conflict; DNA, race and cultural identity in archaeology and popular culture; and the political and historical relationships between Native Americans, anthropologists and archaeologists.


University of New Mexico Taos Lecture Series: Transformative Events and Processes in New Mexico's Colonial History

Science, Grave Disputes

Science, Walking in Two Worlds

NPR Interview, Our Times with Craig Barnes, Broadcast on KSFR Santa Fe

Santa Fe New Mexican, New book explores Spanish conquest brutality

Selected Articles

(In Prep) Reversing the Terminal Narrative: Rethinking Conquest from The Pueblo Revolt to the Indigenous Rebellions of California. (American Antiquity).

(In Prep) When is a conquest? Rethinking the Early Colonial and Indigenous History of the San Francisco Bay Area: Documentary and Archaeological Evidence From The Hinterlands (Journal of Field Archaeology).

(In Press) “Questioning Conquest in The Pueblo World.” In Contesting the Borderlands. Edited by Deborah and Jon Lawrence. University of Oklahoma Press.

2015 Indigenous Archaeology and the Pueblo Revolt of 1680: Social Mobility and Boundary Maintenance in Colonial Contexts. In From The Margins: The Archaeology of the Colonized. Edited by Rodney Harrison, Neal Ferris and Michael Wilcox. Oxford University Press.

2014 Book Review: Pueblo Indians and Spanish Colonial Authority in Eighteenth-Century New Mexico. Tracy L. Brown. American Historical Review, Oxford Journals. Volume 119, Issue 5: 1685-1687.

2012 Colonizing The Genome: DNA and The New Raciology In American Archaeology. Scientific Discourses and Cultural Difference. Edited by Gesa Mackenthun. Waxmann Verlag, Berlin.

2010 Saving Indigenous Peoples from Ourselves: Separate but Equal Archaeology is not Scientific Archaeology. American Antiquity, Volume 75, Number 2, 221-228.

2010 Marketing Conquest and the Vanishing Indian: An Indigenous Response to Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse. Journal of Social Archaeology. Volume 10, Number 1, 93-117.

2009 Marketing Conquest and the Vanishing Indian: An Indigenous Response to Jared Diamond’s Guns Germs and Steel and Collapse. In Questioning Collapse. Edited by Norm Yoffee and Patricia McAnany. Cambridge University Press. 113-142.

2009 NAGPRA and Indigenous Peoples: The Social Context and Controversies, and the Transformation of American Archaeology. In Voices in American Archaeology: Society for American Archaeology 75th Anniversary Special Volume. Society for American Archaeology Press. 178-192.

2005 Schizophrenia on the Frontier. In Native American Voices on Identity, Art, & Culture: Objects of Everlasting Esteem. Edited by Lucy Fowler Williams, William Wierzbowski, & Robert W. Preucel. University of Pennsylvania Press. 95-96.

2002 Social Memory and the Pueblo Revolt: A Postcolonial Perspective. In Archaeologies of the Pueblo Revolt: Identity, Meaning, and Renewal in the Pueblo World. Edited by Robert W. Preucel. University of New Mexico Press. 167-180.

2001”Now the God of the Spaniards is dead”: Ethnogenesis and community formation in the aftermath of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Co-authored with Robert W. Preucel and Loa Traxler. Journal of the Southwest Symposium.

2000 Dialogue or Diatribe? Indians and archaeologists in the post-NAGPRA era. In Ronald Niezen (Ed.), Spirit wars: Native North American religions in the age of nation building. University of California Press.