Education in archaeology combines hands-on learning in field situations, with a deep understanding of archaeological theory. Studying archaeology and preparing for a career require, however, additional knowledge and skills, ranging from navigating university politics to interpersonal communication. These can be fostered in a supportive community of practice and we aim to provide such support through our support and advise program. Below you will find contact information and a brief introduction of a faculty mentor and graduate student mentor from each of the institutions that have joined the ACC.

The ACC support and advise program provides you with a trustworthy source of feed-back on questions you might have, or problems you are facing. Undergraduate students, graduate students, recent graduates, postdocs and junior faculty are all welcome to connect.

List of ACC advising contacts

Brown University Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology

Columbia Center for Archaeology

Cornell Institute for Archaeology and Material Studies

  • Adam T. Smith (
    • Archaeology of Eurasia and the Caucasus, Complexity, Heritage and Justice. Email for Zoom appointments.

George Washington University Capitol Archaeological Institute

The Indigenous Archaeology Collective

Penn State University

Phillips Academy Andover

Princeton University

Society of Black Archaeologists

Stanford University Archaeology Center

University of California, Berkeley Archaeological Research Facility

University of California, Los Angeles Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

  • Willeke Wendrich, Director Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA Research interests include the archaeology of Northeast Africa, perishable materials, ethnoarchaeology and indigenous-academic knowledge exchange. ( Would love to talk to you, please send an email to find a good time.
  • Sumiji Takahashi, Student Affairs Officer Interdepartmental Program of Archaeology (

University of California, San Diego Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology

University of California, Santa Cruz Archaeological Research Center

University of Massachusetts, Boston Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research

The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research/Sapiens

University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology