April M. Beisaw, Adjunct Faculty
April M. Beisaw is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY. There she teaches courses in Native North America, repatriation, forensic anthropology, and historical archaeology. Her doctoral dissertation, Osteology of the Engelbert Site (2007), assessed evidence for the cultural affiliation of over 100 Native American burials within the context of the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). She furthered this work as a Scholar In Residence at the Pennsylvania State Museum and published her findings in American Anthropologist. That article, “Memory, Identity, and NAGPRA in the Northeastern United States,” earned the Gordon R. Willey Prize from the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association in 2011. Since then, April has been digging through museum collections to reconstruct the findings of the 1916 Susquehanna River Expedition, sponsored by George Gustav Heye. Some of that work was published in the Museum Worlds article “Repatriation as Inspiration: Multi-Generational Perspectives on American Archaeology-Museum Relationships.” April was also a contributor to the National Science Foundation-funded project Learning NAGPRA: Resources for Teaching and Training, directed by Dr. A. Sievert of Indiana University. In addition to this repatriation-related work, April serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Historical Archaeology, and as an archaeology consultant to the National Park Service at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. She is currently writing a book on the archaeology of the rural communities altered by the creation and maintenance of the New York City water system. Her last book, Identifying and Interpreting Animal Bones: A Manual, was published by Texas A&M University Press.
Dr. Beisaw holds a BA from Rutgers University and an MA, and PhD from Binghamton University.