Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Office: Social Sciences (SO 22), Room 4077
Dr. Raczek is an anthropological archaeologist who works in Rajasthan, India. She joined KSU in Fall of 2011 after spending four years as a Lecturer at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to that, she obtained a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a BA in History from Barnard College. Dr. Raczek’s dissertation compared the day-to-day lives of the residents of two archaeological sites occupied between 3000 BC and 1500 BC. Through excavation, field survey, and lithic (stone tool) analysis, Dr. Raczek examined tool production methods and raw material procurement strategies at these two sites. She found a commonly held skill set, but differences in daily activities and mobility levels. The research points to the presence of great diversity in identity, economy, and lifestyle in the ancient past and was supported by the William J. Fulbright Foundation, the Louise J. Kolb Foundation, and the Zwicker Fund at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Raczek’s current research focuses on the life of the past in the present and the ways that identity and heritage are interconnected. She is also the co-Director of the Chatrikhera Research Project (CHARP), which studies long-term site occupation in northwest India. CHARP is a collaborative venture with researchers at the Institute of Rajasthan Studies, Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University (Udaipur, India); Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute (Pune, India); and Indiana University, Northwest (Gary, USA). She recently won a Franklin Grant from the American Philosophical Society to continue her field research in this area.