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Uzma Z Rizvi

Associate Professor


I am an anthropological archaeologist specializing in the archaeology of the first cities. I teach anthropology, ancient urbanism, new materialisms, critical heritage studies, memory and war/trauma studies, decolonization/the postcolonial critique, and social practice. My own work intentionally interweaves archaeology with cultural criticism, philosophy, critical theory, art, and design. With nearly two decades of work on decolonizing methodologies, intersectional and feminist strategies, and transdisciplinary approaches, my work has intentionally pushed disciplinary limits, and demanded ethical decolonial praxis at all levels of engagement, from teaching to research.

I am currently the Principal Investigator (w/Can Sucuoglu) for the Laboratory for Integrated Archaeological Visualization and Heritage (, an interdisciplinary space bringing together archaeological research with data management, visualization, and heritage practice.

Classes Taught Include: * Introduction to Anthropology * Cities Across Cultures * Ancient Cities/Ancient Bodies * Ethics of Research * Politics and the Past * Archaeology and the Public * Archaeology of South Asia * Heritage Practice in India * Port Cities * Art, Culture and Community Development *

B.A., Bryn Mawr College (1995); M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (2007).