Melissa Powell

CAS Repository
734 W. Alameda, Suite 120
PO Box 872402
Tempe
Assistant Research Professor and Curator of Collections
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2402

Biography

Melissa Powell is the Curator of Collections and an Assistant Research Professor at the School for Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC), where she directs the activities of the Center for Archaeology and Society Repository, including museum collections management and archaeological research projects. Powell serves on the faculty for the archaeology and museum studies programs. 

Prior to joining ASU in 2018, Powell was an archaeologist with the Repatriation Office of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, where she worked with tribes from the US Southwest, Northwest, and Alaska Native communities. She was previously Curator of Archaeology at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/ Laboratory of Anthropology in New Mexico.

Powell's research interests include the archaeology and prehistory of the North American Southwest, ceramic production and exchange, technological organization and craft specialization, museum anthropology, and consultation and collaboration with tribes and descendant communities. Powell has curated museum exhibitions and prepared publications on Huichol art and culture and on the archaeology of Casas Grandes in northern Mexico. 

Education

 

  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of New Mexico
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of New Mexico
  • B.A. Anthropology, University of Virginia

 

Research Interests

Archaeology and prehistory of the North American Southwest, museum anthropology, ceramic production and exchange, technological organization and craft specialization, ceramic sourcing studies, consultation and collaboration with tribes and descendant communities, curation of exhibitions and collections

Courses

Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 572Museum Collection Management
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 591Seminar
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 572Museum Collection Management
ASB 580Practicum

Professional Associations

Society for American Archaeology