Patrick Wilkinson

Adjunct Professor of Anthropology

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Patrick Wilkinson has been a soldier, fry cook, homicide investigator, blacksmith, archaeologist, and now a cultural anthropologist. Whether this makes him a modern renaissance man, or he simply cannot hold down a job is a matter of interpretation. In 1994, while working as a contract consultant for the U.S. State Department in Guantanamo Bay, he became fascinated by both the Haitian people and their culture, in particular in the practice of Vodou. Twenty-five years later his dissertation examined the way caves are used as sacred space in modern Vodou ritual using both ethnographic and ethno-archaeological approaches. His future research plans call for both cultural and archaeological research in Haiti.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Haitian Vodou (both modern and historic)
  • Caribbean archaeology (pre and post-contact inter-island trade)


  • B.A. in History, Anthropology Minor at Eastern Washington University, 2007
  • M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (History/Anthropology) at Eastern Washington University, 2009
  • Ph.D. in World Cultures and History at University of California, Merced, 2019