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Bioarchaeology of New York City’s African Burial Ground – A talk with Michael Blakey

Michael Blakey is the National Endowment for the Humanities Professor at the College of William & Mary, where he works on the interface of human biology and culture in a variety ways.  These include an examination of the social history of theories that connect biology, “nature,” social inequality, and behavior; the articulation between human biology, racial ideology, and public policy; the political economy of health in industrial society; the bioarchaeology of the African Diaspora; and the ethics and epistemology of publicly engaged research.  He also has a long standing interest in how museum interpretations demonstrate ideology and in the development of methods in dental paleopathology.  His research on the 17th and 18th century African Burial Ground in New York City and the comparative database on the bioarchaeology of the African Diaspora are being developed at the Institute for Historical Biology which he directs.

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