Sarah E. Cowie
Department of Anthropology
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Arizona
An industrial and historical archaeologist, Sarah Cowie joined the faculty in 2011. Her recent book, The Plurality of Power: An Archaeology of Industrial Capitalism, is a study of a nineteenth-century company town in Michigan. By examining the community’s historical archaeology—including such things as the built environment, citizens’ consumption habits, job titles, peer groups, and literacy--Dr. Cowie drew conclusions about the power relationships that the town’s residents experienced.
In addition to teaching courses in archaeology and cultural anthropology, Dr. Cowie has successfully applied for several grants to support research projects. Among these are her Summer 2012 archaeological field school in Virginia City, a five-week course in archaeological methods as students and professor explore two historical sites: the Daughters of Charity hospital and asylum, and the site of the Savage Mine. Analysis of the artifacts and preparation of the findings for publication are now underway.
Dr. Cowie’s second project is a three-year study for the Army Research Office involving outreach to Native American tribes. Together with these communities, Dr. Cowie will develop recommendations for improving the Army’s heritage consultation procedures.
Read more about Sarah Cowie at http://www.unr.edu/anthropology/people/faculty/sarah-e-cowie
Read more about the Virginia City archaeological field school at http://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2012/vc-hospital-dig