Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology

Curriculum Vitae


I Am a Scientist

Areas of Interest

Indigenous archaeology; Southwestern archaeology; ethnoarchaeology; landscape archaeology; colonialism; pastoralism & mobility; subsistence & foodways; GIS & remote sensing; low-impact field methods

Excavations and Research

Wade Campbell is a Diné (Navajo) historical archaeologist whose research examines the relationships between Diné communities and other local groups in the U.S. Southwest from the 17th century to the present day, including the Pueblos, Spanish, and Americans. Wade is engaged with a range of questions related to longer-term patterns of Navajo settlement and economic activity across the greater Four Corners region, with a particular focus on incipient Indigenous pastorals and related shifts in land-use, social organization, & diet/subsistence practices. Wade has conducted fieldwork (predominantly survey-based projects) in the U.S. Southwest, northwestern Mexico, Nicaragua, southern Louisiana, Peru, South Africa, and Mali. He also maintains interests in a wide array of broader issues including the practice of Indigenous archaeology, sub-Saharan African archaeology; cultural resource management, and Native American higher education.


Representative Publications

Campbell, Wade, 2021 “Na’nilkad bee na’niltin – Learning from Herding: An Ethnoarchaeological Study of Historic Pastoralism on the Navajo Nation.” Kiva 87(3): 295-315.

Campbell, Wade, Kerry F. Thompson, and Richard M. Begay, 2021 “Naasgo: Moving Forward – Diné Archaeology in the Twenty-First Century.” Kiva 87(3): 253-267.

Campbell, Wade, 2022, “The Diné History of Chaco CanyonArchaeology of the Southwest Preservation Archaeology Blog.