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Dr. González-Tennant is an anthropological archaeologist whose recent work focuses on African Diaspora experiences in the US and Caribbean. He regularly combines approaches from archaeology, ethnography, and history to recover chapters of the past which have been forgotten or erased. His dissertation focused on the community of Rosewood, Florida; a prosperous African American community destroyed in 1923 during a weeklong episode of violence commonly known as the Rosewood Race Riot. This and other work is grounded through a combination of traditional field techniques, the use of geographic information systems (GIS), and virtual technologies. He also has long-term interests in visual culture, digital storytelling, and serious games. His theoretical interests include intersectionality, critical race theory, cyberfeminism, and anarchism.

Dr. González-Tennant holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas (2004), an MS in Industrial Archaeology from Michigan Tech (2005), and MA and PhD degrees in Anthropology from the University of Florida (2008 and 2011, respectively). His published articles have appeared in Historical Archaeology, International Journal of Historical Archaeology, Heritage & Society, Fire!!!: The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies; Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage, and elsewhere. He has published on a broad range of topics in several edited volumes, including Participatory Visual and Digital Research in Action, Excavating Memory: Material Culture Approaches to Sites of Remembering and Forgetting, Deep Stories: Practicing, Teaching, and Learning Anthropology with Digital Storytelling, and elsewhere. His manuscript on Rosewood, Florida, The Rosewood Massacre: An Archaeology and History of Intersectional Violence is currently in press with the University Press of Florida.

Dr. González-Tennant has previously taught at the University of Florida, University of Otago (New Zealand), and Monmouth University (New Jersey). He has worked in the private sector and continues to consult on a wide range of topics related to emerging technologies for heritage. He maintains an active public speaking schedule and regularly gives talks regarding his research, as well as offering workshops on Digital Heritage, Community Oral History Projects, and Virtual Archaeology.

Honors & Awards

Charles H. Fairbanks Archaeology Award (2011); Elizabeth Eddy Applied Anthropology Award (2011); Eleanor Roosevelt Global Citizenship Award (2010); Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Collaboratory Scholar (2010); Phi Beta Kappa (2004)

Historical archaeology; public history; digital humanities; landscape and place; memory; racial violence; geospatial analysis; educational and serious games; intersectionality; anarchism; American Southeast; Caribbean

Digging Up Rosewood

Anthropology visiting lecturer Edward Gonzalez-Tennant, Ph.D., spent the last decade of his life researching what happened almost a century ago in Rosewood, Florida. The recent release of his book, The Rosewoo... Read more

Using Vocal Cords to Unlock Human Origins

UCF undergraduate student Austin Stanley is majoring in anthropology and tackling the question of human origins at the same time. More specifically, he’s studying the vocal capabilities of homo heidelbergensi... Read more

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