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Tsim D. Schneider
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Anthropology Department
  • Affiliations American Indian Resource Center, Archaeological Research Center, Kenneth S Norris Center for Natural History, Legal Studies, Crown College
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  • Office Location
    • Remote work location, Sheltered in place!
  • Office Hours Fall 2020 - W 9-11 am (Zoom), or by appointment
  • Mail Stop Social Sciences 1 Faculty Services
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Anthropology, Archaeology, Colonialism, California History, Indigenous Peoples, Material Science
  • Courses ANTH 110C / LGST 112 - California Pasts, ANTH 170 - History of Archaeological Theory, ANTH 176A - North American Archaeology, ANTH 176F - California Archaeology, ANTH 196U - Historical Anthropology, ANTH 276G - Archaeology of Colonial Borderlands, ANTH 287 - Indigenous Archaeology

Research Interests

Indigenous peoples, indigenous archaeology, archaeology, colonialism, missions, borderlands, space/place, landscape, mobility, social memory, San Francisco Bay, California and North America

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. - University of California, Berkeley

M.A. - University of Texas at Austin

B.A. - University of Texas at Austin

Specializing in the archaeology of colonialism, Dr. Schneider has worked on archaeological projects throughout California and also in Texas, Hawaii, Baja California, and Tuscany, Italy. In cooperation with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and landowners, Dr. Schneider is currently co-directing an archaeological project in Marin County examining social resilience among mission-era (CE 1776-1830s) and post-mission Native American communities. This research is funded by grants from the American Philosophical Society and the National Science Foundation.

Recent research features:

National Science Foundation - "Native American Researchers"

Audubon Canyon Ranch - "Conservation in Action"

UC Santa Cruz - "Marin County: Safe Harbor for Native Residents... "

San Francisco Chronicle - "Artifacts Alter Timeline... "

Take Two on 89.3 KPCC - "CA Native History"

Honors, Awards and Grants

2016-2020, National Science Foundation, BCS collaborative grant (Award #1558987)

2017-2018, Hellman Fellowship

2013-2015, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship

2009-2010, UC Dissertation-Year Fellowship

Selected Publications

2020   "Epistemic Colonialism: Indigenous Communities, Archaeology, and Evidence in the Americas," ed. by TD Schneider and KH Hayes. Special issue of American Indian Quarterly 44(2).

2019   "Heritage In-Between: Seeing Native Histories in Colonial California." Public Historian 41(1):51-63.

2019   "Categorical Denial: Evaluating Post-1492 Indigenous Erasure in the Paper Trail of American Archaeology" by LM Panich and TD Schneider. American Antiquity 84(4):651-668.

2019   "Landscapes of Refuge and Resiliency: Native Californian Persistence at Tomales Bay, California, 1770s-1870s" by TD Schneider and LM Panich. Ethnohistory 66(1):21-47.

2018    "Making and Unmaking Native Communities in Mission and Post-Mission Era Marin County, California." In Forging Communities in Colonial Alta California, ed. by KL Hull and JG Douglas, pp. 88-109. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

2018    "Indigenous Persistence and Foodways at the Toms Point Trading Post (CA-MRN-202), Tomales Bay, California" by TD Schneider, A Janzen, GM DeAntoni, AM Hill, AJ Apodaca, and RQ Cuthrell. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 38(1):51-73.

2015    “Placing Refuge and the Archaeology of Indigenous Hinterlands in Colonial California.” American Antiquity 80(4):695-713.

2015    “Envisioning Colonial Landscapes Using Mission Registers, Radiocarbon, and Stable Isotopes: An Experimental Approach from San Francisco Bay.” American Antiquity 80(3):511-529.

2014    Indigenous Landscapes and Spanish Missions: New Perspectives from Archaeology and Ethnohistory, ed. by LM Panich and TD Schneider. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.