Megan Rhodes Victor

Postdoctoral Scholar
Ph.D., Anthropology, College of William and Mary

I am a historical archaeologist who studies commensality, especially within drinking spaces such as taverns, saloons, and coffeehouses. My research on commensal politics and alcohol includes excavations at the 17th-19th century fishing village of Smuttynose Island, in the Isles of Shoals, Maine, at the 18th century Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg, Virginia, and at the 19th century gold-mining town of Highland City, Montana. I received my B.A. from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) and my M.A. and Ph.D. from the College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA). I work with the Campus Archaeology Program and the Stanford Archaeology Center to conduct excavations at the ACLQ, construct comparative language for 19th century transnational Chinese material culture collections, and aid in heritage stakeholder engagement. I am particularly interested in what the data from the ACLQ excavations can reveal with regards to the quotidian activities, including commensal politics and leisure, of the Chinese laborers that lived there.

Learn more about the Arboretum Chinese Labor Quarters project at Stanford.