About

I am a historical archaeologist who studies consumer culture in the last half-millennium.  This includes research on the intersection of material consumption and the color line; the emergence of consumer society in northern Europe; and the relationship between popular culture and materiality in the contemporary world.  I am Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI); Docent in Historical Archaeology at the University of Oulu (Finland); Past-President of the Society for Historical Archaeology (2012-2013); and a former Fulbright Scholar in Fall 2012 at the University of Oulu.  I’m the author of Race and Affluence: An Archaeology of African America and Consumer Culture and The Archaeology of Consumer Culture (see my academia.edu page for a selection of papers).  I’m also a professional cycling geek; a Doctor Who nerd; and I wear a lot of paisley.

All of the opinions on the blog are mine alone and not the sentiments of IUPUI or the University of Oulu.

  1. Muito bem, bom trabalho.

  2. Amazing blog. I never new Paula Deen could be the subject of such an interesting academic piece.

  3. Hi, Paul,

    I found you on About.Me and thought I would write to say “hi” here. I am “sort of” a Dr. Who nerd, but I only like David Tennant. :) Paisley’s pretty cool, too. ;)

    Hope this finds you well.
    Carol

  4. This is awesome. I’ve read three pieces so far. I enjoyed the shoe store piece and American Apparel is consistently irksome. I enjoyed very much your appreciation — and articulation — of the contradictions and irony. I look forward to reading more!

  5. Paul, thanks so much for following the blog. I am so pleased to have you interested in the suitcases project. Best, Jon

  6. Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Feel free not to respond, but just wanted to let you know that I have enjoyed reading your posts. You can find the nomination here http://comparativegeeks.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/versatile-blogger-award/

  7. Your blog is very interesting and informative. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with the world.

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