Krysta Ryzewski

Krysta Ryzewski

Associate Professor

 3031 F/AB and 1208 Old Main


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Krysta Ryzewski

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Historical and contemporary archaeology; landscape archaeology; urban archaeology; diaspora; colonialism; disasters and ecological stress; heritage management and public archaeology; materials science / archaeometry; digital humanities.  


Ryzewski currently directs three long-term research projects in the Caribbean and Detroit, including the Unearthing Detroit project and the Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat project. She also coordinates a number of smaller collaborative projects with colleagues in and beyond archaeology. See individual project websites for more info. 

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Archaeology & Engineering, Brown University, 2008-11
  • Ph.D, Anthropology, Brown University, 2008
  • M.Phil, Archaeology, University of Cambridge, 2003
  • B.A., Archaeology, Boston University, 2001

Awards and Grants

  • Grants: National Endowment for the Humanities, National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, American Association for University Women, the Department of Energy and others.

  • The Explorers Club, Fellow National, 2018

    John L. Cotter Award, Society for Historical Archaeology, 2017

    Junior Faculty Award, Wayne State University Academy of Scholars, 2016-17

    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, Wayne State University, 2016

Selected Publications

Contemporary Archaeology and the City: Creativity, Ruination, and Political Action. (book edited with L. McAtackney), Oxford University Press, 2017.

For a complete list of publications see:

Currently Teaching

  • Sabbatical - Winter 2018

Courses taught

ANT5280 - Archaeological Field Methods (Fieldwork in the Americas) 

ANT3200 - Lost Cities and Ancient Civilizations (Gen Ed)

ANT5270 - Archaeological Concepts and Techniques

ANT5500 - Historical Archaeology

ANT5560 - Urban Archaeology

ANT6570 - Archaeological Laboratory Methods

ANT3020 - Introduction to Archaeology

ANT5515 - Archaeology of the Atlantic World

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