Dr. Amy Kowal

Dr. Amy Kowal

Contact Information

Department
Department of Anthropology
Office Location
Carraway Building CAR 207
Phone
(850) 644-4754
Resume / CV
Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesday 9:00-10:00am and by appointment.

Biography

Hailing from Buffalo, New York I attended the University of Buffalo and spent a semester as an undergraduate enrolled in courses whose descriptions appealed to me from the course catalog; one among them was Great Sites and Romantic Archaeology. My major changed, I spent my junior and senior years in the Anthropology Department developing an interest in the real story behind human history.

Florida's warmth and multicultural contact brought me to the Anthropology Department at Florida State University. Here I explored the history of the Southeastern United States from the Paleoindian period to the present day. Native Americans, minority populations, and contact situations are the subjects I still find most interesting. American history has always been of interest, now I just research the other side's point of view.

My research and teaching interests include community and cultural heritage, museum studies, sport and culture, historical archaeology, bioarchaeology, race, and ethnicity. My doctoral dissertation research focused on the exhibition of agency of the African American Population at Snee Farm, South Carolina seen through an analysis of the ceramic assemblage of the farm's main house, outbuildings, and slave village. I coauthored The Archaeological Report of the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site with Bennie Keel, a continuation of my dissertation research.

My primary responsibility is as a professor and advisor to undergraduate students here at Florida State University. Trained as a four-field anthropologist at FSU, I teach courses in each subdiscipline, emphasizing the cooperative nature of Anthropology as a humanistic science.

Academic Career: Ph.D. and MA in Anthropology from the Florida State University; BA in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo

Field of Study – Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Biological Anthropology with interest in:

  • Museum Studies
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Sport and Culture
  • Cultural Heritage and Community Studies
  • African American Archaeology
  • Race and Ethnicity

Events:

Exploring Anthropology in London: Click Here to Learn More »

INFORMATION LINKS

Course & Registration Information   

     Facebook Page:     https://www.facebook.com/FSUAnthroLondon/

     Previous Trip Spring 2018:     https://amykowal.tumblr.com

     Previous Trip Spring 2017:     https://amykowal.tumblr.com/2017Class

     Previous Trip Spring 2015:     https://amykowal.tumblr.com/students

INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Amy Kowal, akowal@fsu.edu, (850) 644-4754

The next anticipated course offering for this class is Summer 2023. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to study abroad and see many prehistoric and historic cultural sites and experience modern London as well. Previous students made lasting friendships in addition to learning first-hand about English culture. Visit the links above to see what we have done during previous trips. Please follow the Facebook page to stay up-to-date of opportunities.

OVERVIEW

This program allows students to delve into British civilization’s history from the Neolithic to the Millennium. Collections of artifacts are observed at famous London museums, building upon the archaeological methods and participant observation techniques learned in class. Ventures away from London will include a day trip to Salisbury Cathedral, Avebury, and Stonehenge to explore the World Heritage sites. Participants will also explore modern London and take in a West End theatre performance. Time is also set aside for afternoon tea, cultural interactions, and various historic landmarks.

AREAS OF STUDY

Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Museum Studies

ELIGIBILITY/PREREQUISITES

This program is open to any interested students enrolled in the International Programs Broad Curriculum Program in Summer. Students spend one month in London at the FSU Study Centre and take one or more courses four days a week. The fifth day everyone goes on day excursions within and nearby London. We even spend one weekend away at locations such as Bath or York. It is a fantastic opportunity to experience another culture.

EXCURSIONS

These may include:

  • Welcome dinner
  • Visits to British Museum, Museum of London, Tower of London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Natural History
  • London Eye
  • Theatre performance
  • Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
  • Afternoon tea

INCLUSIONS

  • All planned excursions and activities
  • Housing
  • London transport pass
  • Access to FSU London Study Center
  • Registration fees and tuition

EXCLUSIONS 

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Passport
  • Food (except one dinner and tea, possibly some breakfasts)
  • Books
  • Personal activity and spending money
  • University fees