Newlander Awarded Three-Year NSF Research Grant

Photo of Newlander in the field

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Kutztown University's Dr. Khori Newlander, assistant professor of anthropology, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for $245,515 to support a three-year archaeological study that explores the effects of industrialization in 19th-century Pennsylvania. The NSF grant will support 36 undergraduate and six graduate students as they conduct digs and artifact analysis involving two 19th-century industrial communities: Stoddartsville and Joanna Furnace.

The research team will examine how physical features intersected with cultural and historical factors to define the economic and extractive activities of these communities while shedding light on changes in demographics, economic organization and social formations in response to the growth of industrialization.

At Kutztown University, students can enroll in a variety of introductory and topical courses in archaeology (e.g., New World Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Classical Archaeology), as well as upper-level courses in archaeological method and theory. These courses draw on examples from more than 3 million years of human history and sites located around the world to illustrate how archaeologists do archaeology—that is, how archaeologists infer human behavior and sociocultural organization from the material traces they recover.

Several students have built on their experiences conducting archaeological research at KU to pursue graduate study.

Newlander is an anthropological archaeologist with expertise in North America, archaeological field and laboratory methods and the comparative study of hunter-gatherers. He earned his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Learn more about KU's Department of Anthropology on their website or by contacting 610-683-4740 or