Julia A. King

Professor of Anthropology

Department Chair

Julia A. King


Julia A. King has 30 years experience studying, writing, and teaching about historical archaeology and Chesapeake history and culture. She has held fellowships with Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks, the Virginia Historical Society, and Winterthur Museum and, since 2000, she has received four major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. From 2003 until 2011, King served as an Expert Member on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, a Federal agency that advises the president and Congress on matters of national historic preservation policy. King has published the results of her research in a number of journals and edited collections. Her book, Archaeology, Narrative, and the Politics of the Past: The View from Southern Maryland, received a Book Award from the American Association of State and Local History in 2013.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Historical Archaeology
  • Chesapeake region

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • Archaeology
  • Historic Preservation


  • B.A. in Anthropology at The College of William and Mary, 1978
  • B.A. in History at The College of William and Mary, 1978
  • M.A. in Anthropology at Florida State University, 1981
  • Ph.D. in American Civilization at University of Pennsylvania, 1990