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Martha E. Morgan, Ph.D.

Ph.D. 2009, University of Arizona, Morgan picture
M.A. 2000, University of Arizona, Anthropology
S.B. 1990, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Anthropology

Spring 2014 Class Schedule:
Ant 366 -  Gender in Islam - M, W & F 9:05 - 9:55 am
Ant 481 - Archaeology of Islam - M & W - 5:05 - 6:20 pm 

Spring 2014 Office Hours:
Mondays 3-4 pm
Office Phone: (585) 395-5142
or email for appointment

Office: M-4 Cooper Hall
Office Phone: (585) 395-5142
Email: OR
Curriculum vitae:
Morgan CV

Areas of Specialization

Africana Studies; Arabic Translations of Technology; Archaeology; Cultural Anthropology; Ethnographic Research; Garbology, History of Technology; Islamic and Maghribi Studies; Materials Science; Metallurgy

Current Research Projects

My main research focus is on the technological reconstruction and documentation of early and extant Islamic African metallurgy, using ethnographic and archaeometric techniques. This work includes translations of ancient texts, interpretations of travelogues, excavation, and ethnographic interview of present day metal artisans. My 2009 dissertation, Reconstructing Early Islamic Maghribi Metallurgy, integrates these techniques.

In addition to this “abroad” research, I have my “local” research in the field of garbology. Garbology, which is the study of garbage, allows me to examine human consumption behaviors in American culture towards developing more sustainable practices. This research involves sorting and cataloging garbage and interviewing those that produced it.

Finally, being a black academic, I have been drawn to the research travel experiences of other black academics into new regions not yet explored by others who look like us. In order to share these stories, I am currently editing a book on these first-person experiences in order to document shifts in societal beliefs and understanding.


Last Updated 2/18/14


Professor Neal Keating participated in an Expert Meeting on peace sustainability at Columbia University on October 23, organized through the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, part of the Earth Institute at Columbia. The expert meeting was convened to discuss and examine the design of a new approach to modeling sustainable peace systems at local to global scales, that makes use of non-linear systems of causality that are grounded in temporalities of historical memory, future expectations, and the current existence of conflict resolution mechanisms and peace-promoting practices.

Dr. Zinni's book project, “A Palimpsest of Place: Technologies of Memory, Landscape, and Folklife in Western New York,” has been selected by the University of Illinois Press for the 2015 Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World workshop, a collaborative publishing initiative of the University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin Press, in conjunction with the American Folklore Society and with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Dr. Zinni was honored in 2015 faculty/staff recognition program by Office of Special Disabilities (OSD) for assisting and contributing to our students with disabilities.

Dr. Ramsay published an article: Ramsay, J.H. and Eger, A. 2015. Analysis of Archaeobotanical Material from the Tupras Field project of the Kinet Höyük Excavations. Journal of Islamic Archaeology 2 (1): 35-50.

Dr. Feldman was recently on the Coy Barefoot Show (two 30-minute radio shows) in May and June 2015:
The Coy Barefoot Show, 107.5 FM (Charlottesville, VA), 2015 (two 30-minute shows on “Same Sex Marriage” and “Baltimore, the Police, and African Americans”).


Please join us Friday, Feb. 5, at 7 pm in the New York room in Cooper Hall for an evening celebrating Brockport's Black History, specifically honoring Fannie Barrier Williams and William Page. The celebration will include presentations, musical performances and refreshments.