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Michael Wilcox

Senior Lecturer in Native American Studies, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
Research Areas: Archaeological Method and Theory, Americas, Indigenous Archaeology, Indigenous People, California, Hawaii, Pueblo People, Historical Archaeology

MICHAEL WILCOX Is an Indigenous/Native American scholar (Yuman descent) who has taught at Stanford University since 2001. 


He received his Doctorate in Anthropology and Archaeology from Harvard University in 2001 where he was instrumental in Founding the Harvard University Native American Program in fulfillment of Harvard's 1638 charter as an Indian College.

He has been on the faculty of Stanford since 2001, first as an Assistant and Associate professor of Anthropology and currently as a Senior Lecturer in Native American Studies in the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. He currently leads research projects from the Stanford Indigenous Archaeology Lab in the Archaeology Center and is a faculty affiliate in Stanford Earth: School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. He was awarded the 2021-23 Woods Institute Environmental Ventures Grant “HO‘I HOU KA LOKO: (Bridging Past, Present, And Future) Ahupua'a Community based Agriculture and Aquaculture” with Professor Peter Vitousek, Director of the Wrigley Program in Hawaii  

His recent Publications include The Pueblo Revolt and the Mythology of Conquest: an Indigenous Archaeology of Contact (University of California Press) and is co-editor of Rethinking Colonial Pasts Through Archaeology (Oxford University Press). 


He serves as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area and is a founding board member of the Muwekma Ohlone Cultural Preservation Land Trust.

His current research involves documentation of Indigenous Rebellions in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as ‘Aina based research and education with Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) communities in Hamakua Hawaii. He is working on an interdisciplinary project about the Indigenous History of the San Francisco Bay Area (In Prep) “Claiming Home, Reclaiming History: Rebellion, Mobility and the Narratives of Invisibility Among California’s Bay Area Natives. (Monograph).

In 2020 he received the Departmental award for Outstanding teaching in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Stanford Wilcox Indigenous Archaeology Lab website: