Stacey Camp

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Associate Chair
  • Director, MSU Campus Archaeology Program


McDonel Hall, E-34

Twitter: @staceylcamp

Curriculum vitae

Research Interests

  • Historical Archaeology
  • Immigration
  • Incarceration and Institutional Confinement
  • Citizenship and National Identity
  • Late 19th/Early 20th Century United States
  • Tourism Studies
  • Public Archaeology
  • Digital Archaeology
  • Heritage Management and Curation
  • Archaeology of Asian Diaspora

Biographical Info

STACEY L. CAMP is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the MSU Campus Archaeology Program at Michigan State University. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and English & Comparative Literary Studies from Occidental College, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University. She is an historical archaeologist who examines the materiality of immigrants living in the late 19th and early 20th century Western United States. Her publications explore how different facets of migrants’ identities – race, class, gender, and citizenship standing – shape their perceptions of consumerism and material culture. She has conducted ethnography and archaeological research in the Western United States, China, and Ireland.Since 2009, she has been excavating and studying the remains of North Idaho’s Kooskia Internment Camp, a World War II Japanese-American incarceration camp. This research has been featured in a number of media outlets, including Japan’s Fuji News (TV), Al Jazeera America (TV), PRI’s (Public Radio International) The World (radio), Germany’s Der Spiegel Online (newspaper/blog), CBS San Francisco (TV) and The Associated Press (wire service). More information about her research can be found on her Kooskia Internment Camp Archaeological Project website ( In 2020, Dr. Camp and Dr. Ethan Watrall received a 3 year $379,000 National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites program grant to bring archival and archaeological data associated with the Kooskia Internment Camp and Minidoka War Relocation Center online and available to the public. Dr. Camp has received three of these grants in the past to support archaeological excavations and laboratory research at the Kooskia Internment Camp.

Current Research Projects

2009-Present The Kooskia Internment Camp Archaeological Project


In press. “Data Sharing and Database Management as Activism, or Solving the Curation Crisis One Small Project at a Time.” In Trowels in the Trenches: Archaeology as Social Activism, Chris Barton, ed., pp. 164-184. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

In press. “Everyday Objects: Toothbrushes and Teacups.” In A Cultural History of Objects in the Modern Age (AD 1900-Present), Laurie Wilkie and John Chenoweth, eds, pp. 107-124. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

In press. Muckle, Robert J. and Stacey L. Camp (second author). Introducing Archaeology (third edition). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2020. “The Future of Japanese Diaspora Archaeology.” Thematic edition of the International Journal of Historical Archaeology. DOI:

2019. Camp, Stacey, Joseph Hefner, Lynne Goldstein, and Leigh Graves Wolf. “Building Archaeological Communities, Building Constituencies: Findings from an Archaeological STEM Camp for IB High School Students.” Journal of Community Archaeology & Heritage. DOI:

2019. “The Gendered Dimensions of Fieldwork in Historical Archaeology.” In Mothering from the Field: The Impact of Motherhood on Site-Based Research, Melanie-Angela Neuilly and Bahiyyah Muhammad, eds. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

2019. “The Archaeology of Vision and Ocular Health.” World Archaeology 50(3). DOI:

2018. “Commentary: Excavating the Intimate.” Historical Archaeology 52(3). DOI:

2016. “Landscapes of Japanese American Internment.” Historical Archaeology 50(1):168-85. DOI:

2015. Laura Ng and Stacey L. Camp (second author). “Consumerism in World War II Japanese American Incarceration Camps.” In Historical Archaeologies of Capitalism, Mark P. Leone and Jocelyn F. Knauf, eds., pp. 149-80. New York: Springer.

2013. The Archaeology of Citizenship. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

2013. “From Nuisance to Nostalgia: The Historical Archaeology of Nature Tourism in Southern California, 1890-1940.” Historical Archaeology 47(3):81-96. DOI:

2013. “From Reform to Repatriation: Gendering an Americanization Movement in Early 20th Century California.” In Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on Gender Transformations: From Private to Public, Suzanne Spencer-Wood, ed., pp. 363-88. New York: Springer.

2013. Suzanne Spencer-Wood and Stacey L. Camp (second author). “Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on Gender Transformations: From Private to Public.” In Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on Gender Transformations: From Private to Public, Suzanne Spencer-Wood, ed., pp. 1-20. New York: Springer.

2012. “Baby Products.” In The Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage, William Rathje and Carl A. Zimrig, eds. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.

2011. “Consuming Citizenship? The Archaeology of Mexican Immigrant Ambivalence in Early 20th Century Los Angeles.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 15(3):305-28. DOI:

2011. “Materializing Inequality: The Archaeology of Tourism Laborers in Turn-of-the-Century Los Angeles.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 15(2):279-97. DOI:

2011. “The Utility of Comparative Research in Historical Archaeology.” In The Importance of Material Things, Volume II, Julie M. Schablitsky and Mark P. Leone, eds., pp. 13-28. The Society for Historical Archaeology, Special Publications.

2010. “Teaching with Trash: Archaeological Insights on University Waste Management.” World Archaeology 42(3):430-42. DOI:

2007. Stacey L. Camp and Bryn Williams. “Contesting Hollywood’s Chinatowns.” In Box Office Archaeology: Refining Hollywood’s Portrayals of the Past, Julia M. Schablitsky, ed., pp. 200-22. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.

2006. “Narrative Disjunctures in Tourism Rhetoric at Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, Newgrange, Ireland.” In Tourism, Consumption, and Representation: Narratives of Place and Self, Alison Anderson, Kevin Meethan, and Steven Miles, eds., pp. 24-45. Wallingford: CAB International.