One on one with Dr. Jacob Bongers, Society Fellows Postdoctoral Scholar

The Boston University College of Arts and Sciences Archaeology Program is proud to welcome the first cohort of the Society of Fellows, a new program that gives early-career scholars with a commitment to interdisciplinary and inclusive scholarship an opportunity to advance their research and teaching. Doctor Jacob Bongers is one of the first scholars in the program for the Archaeology Program. Maria H. Sousa, Archaeology Program Administrator had a one-on-one with Dr. Bongers.

Dr. Bongers is an anthropological archaeologist with a Ph.D. in archaeology from the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. He employs multidisciplinary methodologies built around archaeological science and digital archaeology to investigate how Indigenous communities confront social and environmental change. His doctoral research examined how groups configured ritualized behaviors to deal with imperial conquest in southern Peru. His current research explores how Indigenous communities in highland and coastal Peru mitigate climatic hazards and conflict in everyday life. Prior to joining BU, Jacob conducted archaeological fieldwork in Portugal, Chile, Ethiopia, Oman, and Peru.