Institutional Research Information Service
UCL Logo
Please report any queries concerning the funding data grouped in the sections named "Externally Awarded" or "Internally Disbursed" (shown on the profile page) to your Research Finance Administrator. Your can find your Research Finance Administrator at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/finance/research/rs-contacts.php by entering your department
Please report any queries concerning the student data shown on the profile page to:

Email: portico-services@ucl.ac.uk

Help Desk: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ras/portico/helpdesk
 More search options
Prof Kevin MacDonald
Prof Kevin MacDonald profile picture
  • Professor of African Archaeology
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS

Kevin C. MacDonald (born Galveston Island, Texas, USA) is Director of the Institute of Archaeology where he has taught since completing his PhD at Cambridge in 1994. He has worked in Mali for more than thirty years on field projects ranging from the Historic Era to the Late Stone Age, principally in the Gourma, Méma, Haute Vallée and Segou regions. Since 2000, he has also worked on the archaeology and history of the African Diaspora in Louisiana and on the survey and excavation of Tichitt Tradition sites in the Dhar Nema region of Mauritania. Currently his research in West Africa focuses on the settlement landscapes and oral traditions of Waalo in Senegal. MacDonald's analytical specialities include the historical anthropology of political traditions, ceramics analysis, archaeozoology, and the study of earthen structures. He has over 100  research publications, with five books including Ethnic Ambiguity and the African Past: Materiality, History and the Shaping of Cultural Identities (co-edited with François Richard, 2015),  Slavery in Africa: Archaeology and Memory (co-edited with Paul Lane, 2011) and African Re-Genesis: Confronting Social Issues in the Diaspora (co-edited with Jay Haviser, 2006). He is President of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA) and co-editor of the Routledge journal Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa.

Research Summary

Historical Anthropology of African Political Traditions; Oral Traditions; The African Diaspora; Pottery Analysis; Lithics Analysis; Archaeozoology; African Pastoralism and its Development; Historical Archaeology.

- Co-Director of the Cane River African Diaspora Archaeological Project in collaboration with Dr David Morgan of the US National Park Service.
- Co-Director of Projet Waalo: historical and archaeological research on the settlement geography of Waalo with Dr Ibrahima Thiaw of IFAN, Dakar. The period covered ranges from AD 1000 to the 1850s.

Teaching Summary

Kevin is Professor of African Archaeology and has taught undergraduate & post-graduate modules on all aspects of African, North American, and World Archaeology at the Institute over the past three decades. He currently teaches the undergraduate World Archaeology core module.

01-OCT-2011 Professor of African Archaeology Institute of Archaeology University College London, United Kingdom
2008 – 2011 Reader in African Archaeology Institute of Archaeology UCL, United Kingdom
2001 – 2008 Senior Lecturer in African Archaeology Institute of Archaeology UCL, United Kingdom
1994 – 2001 Lecturer in African Archaeology Institute of Archaeology UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1994   Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
1989   Bachelor of Arts Rice University, Houston
Some IRIS profile information is sourced from HR data as explained in our FAQ. Please report any queries concerning HR data shown on this page to hr-services@ucl.ac.uk.
University College London - Gower Street - London - WC1E 6BT Tel:+44 (0)20 7679 2000

© UCL 1999–2011

Search by