Check out Diggin’ In season 2, episode 9: Archaeology, Advocacy, and Social Justice: Preserving the Past for the Future with Dr. Kelly Britt.
Kelly M. Britt, PhD, RPA is currently an Assistant Professor of Urban Archaeology at Brooklyn College focusing on community-based historical and contemporary archaeology of urban spaces. She completed her PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University in 2009, where her research concentrated on how identity and sense of place are seen materially through heritage discourse in urban settings. Before coming to Brooklyn College, she spent seven years as FEMA Region II’s Regional Archaeologist, where in addition to working on various project, she worked on developing a more collaborative process to the consultation, particularly with sovereign Tribal nations. She is currently interested in exploring the intersection of activism and materiality and is working on several projects including one looking at the intersection of historic preservation, heritage, and gentrification in Brooklyn, NY; an international collaborative COVID-19 Quotidian artwork mapping project looking at trauma healing through materiality; an interdisciplinary mapping project with Brooklyn College Colleague mapping stories of climate change on the Great South Bay in Long Island; and collaborating with NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and the NYC Archaeological Repository with several city archaeological collections including the Van Cortlandt Manor House in the Bronx and the Rufus King Manor in Jamaica, Queens.