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Jodie O’Gorman

CHAIR – Anthropology


JODIE O’GORMAN conducts archaeological research in the mid-continental U.S. with a focus on late prehistory in the Great Lakes region. Her primary research interests focus on Upper Mississippian communities, their adaptations and interactions. After authoring several published reports on a complex of Oneota sites in western Wisconsin in the 1990s, she drew on this material for her dissertation work that examined social organization from a gendered perspective on domestic economics and mortuary patterns. Dr. O’Gorman’s current research re-examines long-held notions about agriculture and interactions of Upper Mississippian and Woodland tradition communities of the western Great Lakes. She is also interested in multi-ethnic communities from the late prehistoric period through the nineteenth century. In Michigan this work has focused on field and collections research on the multi-ethnic communities associated with the Marquette Mission site, an early fur trade site in the Upper Great Lakes, and the Moccasin Bluff site, an Upper Mississippian site. Dr. O’Gorman’s interests in gender issues, community archaeology, and museum anthropology are entwined with her research.   Dr. O’Gorman teaches archaeology field and lab courses, North American and Great Lakes archaeology courses, and museum studies courses.  She is affiliated with the American Indian Studies Program, and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Museum Studies Program, and various MSU Museum committees.

In 2005, Dr. O’Gorman was part of a team of anthropology faculty that participated in the Saints’ Rest Project, a community archaeology project that was part of the MSU Sesquicentennial celebration.


Email: ogorman@msu.edu
Phone: 517-355-8475


Baker Hall
655 Auditorium Rd Room 354
East Lansing MI 48824 US