Mark Hauser is an associate professor at Northwestern University, Department of Anthropology. He is also a historical archeologist specializing in slavery, colonialism, economies, race, space and landscape, and ceramic analysis.
His passion for history sets him apart as one of today’s distinguished anthropologists and archeologists. Hauser’s studies are mainly focused on the Caribbean, African Diaspora, and the Atlantic world before and during the colonial times. He analyzes the general life of people during those centuries, particularly how they adapted to the landscapes of inequality in terms of culture, livelihood, and impact on the modern world.
Mark Hauser completed his Ph.D. at Syracuse University in 2001. The research he conducted for this dissertation was his inspiration for his famous book, An Archeology of Black Markets. He explored the economic activities of people who were both free and enslaved and how their actions shaped the material world back then and consequently in modern times by using ceramic analysis. This was the first-ever study where pottery was used in anthropology and archeology to analyze the activities during slavery.
His second book, Mapping Water on Nature’s island, compared enslaved laborers’ social lives and community history in sugar plantations in Dominica in the eighteenth century. Dominica was rich in biodiversity and abundant water, hence the name Nature’s Island. However, the colonial administrators wanted to introduce a different plant species in the area, which resulted in environmental devastation and social disruption. Mark Hauser discusses how the enslaved laborers adapted and resolved these predicaments.
Currently, Hauser is researching the connection between the Atlantic and Indian oceans during Danish colonialism. And so far, he has already begun surveying the landscapes used by the Danish colonialists.
Besides these works, Mark Hauser has 13 other published publications on anthropology and archeology discussing the way of life in ancient times regarding power, politics, and survival.