Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars in the Center for Comparative Archaeology are actively engaged in comparative archaeological research on long-term social change, pursuing projects they have designed and proposed themselves. They are postdoctoral scholars but are not necessarily recent Ph.D.'s. In addition to the comparative research they are pursuing, Visiting Scholars, in collaboration with permanent faculty members, lead an ongoing seminar on some topic or approach in comparative archaeological research.


Julia Jong Haines (She/her/hers, Ph.D. 2019, University of Virginia) is the visiting scholar during the 2020–2021 academic year. As an anthropological archaeologist, Julia studies comparative slavery, labor migration, and diaspora. Her regional specialization is in the Indian Ocean, and she engages broadly with scholarship on colonial encounters, migrant labor, and more specifically comparative plantation studies, a field that has focused almost exclusively on Atlantic colonies during the era of slavery. At its core, her research is motivated by an interest in shedding light on the ways immigrants and migrants express their identities through the choices they make in their everyday lives.

As a visiting scholar at the Center for Comparative Archaeology, Julia will be working on several ongoing projects. Her research on Mauritius’s Bras d’Eau National Park, an eighteenth-nineteenth-century sugar plantation, examined the everyday lives of South Asian indentured laborers, who replaced enslaved Africans on sugar plantations in Mauritius after the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in the nineteenth century. Expanding on this work, Julia will be comparing the case study of South Asian Indentured Labor in the Indian Ocean and the anthropology of indentured labor, with other household and domestic archaeologies of post-slavery wage workers who were trans-regional mobile. Through this research, she will also be examining the intersection of environmental change, infectious disease, and landscape inequality using archaeology, written documents, and modern forest landscapes. She is co-editing a volume entitled Historical Archaeology of the Indian Ocean (U Florida Press) that draws together case studies from across the region around the themes of trade, migration, and colonialism.

It is likely that the Visiting Scholar position will be suspended for the 2021–2022 academic year as an indirect consequence of COVID-19. We hope it will resume for Fall, 2022.

Visiting scholars in previous years >