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LouAnn Wurst

LouAnn Wurst

Office: (269) 387-2753

1005 Moore Hall

Mailing address
Department of Anthropology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5306

Ph.D., Anthropology, Binghamton University, 1993

Research interests
North American Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Method and Theory in Archaeology, Marxist Theory, Feminist Theory, Gender and Anthropology, Critical Pedagogy, Material Culture Studies, Cultural Resource Management, American Industrial Development, Class and Ideology, Rural American Society

Regional focus: Eastern North America

LouAnn Wurst is an archaeologist whose research focuses on issues of class, ideology and gender in the 19th century. Her current research has entailed excavations at 10 farms in the Finger Lakes National Forest in order to study the discrepancies between common agrarian myths and the material realities of 19th- and early 20th-century families who lived on these upland farms. Since these farms were all purchased by the Federal Government as part of the Resettlement Administration's Submarginal Farms Program, this project provides an ideal context to elucidate the capitalist transformation of American agriculture from the early 19th century until the Depression.