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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


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Please join us on Thursday, April 14, from 5 to 6:15 pm in Edwards 106 for our second lecture in our Marjorie Helen Stewart Speaker series from Dr. Micah Morton, titled, "Reframing the boundaries of indigenism: Akha mobile indigeneities in the Upper Mekong Region."