Krysta Ryzewski

Krysta Ryzewski

Krysta Ryzewski

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

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


Dr. Ryzewski directs long-term multi-period and historical archaeological research projects in the Caribbean and Detroit, including the Unearthing Detroit project and the Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat project. She is also involved in interdisciplinary spatial digital humanities research projects at Wayne State, and she coordinates a number of public archaeology and heritage-based initiatives that involve Wayne State students and community-based partners. Dr. Ryzewski is currently serving her first term on Michigan's State Historic Preservation Review Board. 

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.

  • Career Development Chair, 2019-2020

    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, 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 2019

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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