Stacey Camp

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • 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 ( She is currently developing a new project entitled “Before Incarceration” on the archaeology of Santa Barbara’s (California) Japanese American community prior to their incarceration at Arizona’s Gila River Relocation Center during World War II.

Current Research Projects

2018-Present Before Incarceration: The Archaeology of Santa Barbara’s Japanese American Community

2009-Present The Kooskia Internment Camp Archaeological Project


Submitted for review. Camp, Stacey, Lynne Goldstein, Leigh Graves Wolf, and Joseph Hefner. “Building Archaeological Communities, Building Constituencies: Findings from an Archaeological STEM Camp for IB High School Students.”

Submitted for review. “The Future of Japanese Diaspora Archaeology.”

Submitted for review. Camp, Stacey, Benjamin Carter, Autumn Painter, Sarah Rowe, and Kathryn Sampeck. “Teaching Archaeological Mapping and Data Management with KoBoToolbox.” In Digital Heritage & Archaeology in Practice, Lynne Goldstein and Ethan Watrall, eds. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

Submitted for review. “Data Sharing and Database Management as Activism, or Solving the Curation Crisis One Small Project at a Time.” In From the Trowel to the Trenches: Archaeology as Social Activism, Chris Barton, ed. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

Submitted for review. “Everyday Objects: Toothbrushes and Teacups.” Invited submission for A Cultural History of Objects: The Modern Age (AD 1900-present). Dan Hicks and William Whyte (series eds); John Chenoweth and Laurie A. Wilkie (series eds). London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Submitted for review. “The Opportunity of Openness: Continuing in the CAP Tradition.” Edited volume on the history of Michigan State University’s Campus Archaeology Program. To be published by Notre Dame University Press.

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. Online January 18, 2019. 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.