Jodie O'Gorman

  • Professor Emerita


Curriculum vitae

Research Interests

    Prehistory of North America with specialization in Midwest/Great Lakes region
    Late prehistoric/historic communities and interaction
    Archaeology of gender and foodways
    Public Archaeology

Biographical Info

JODIE O'GORMAN conducts archaeological research in the mid-continental U.S. with a focus on late prehistory and early European contact. Her primary research interests focus on Upper Mississippian communities, their adaptations and interactions. After authoring several published reports on a complex of Oneota sites in western Wisconsin in the 1990s, she drew on this material for her dissertation work that examined social organization from a gendered perspective on domestic economics and mortuary patterns. Dr. O’Gorman’s current research examines the social context for warfare with a special interest in cultural interactions, foodways, and gender. She is interested in multi-ethnic communities from the late prehistoric period through the nineteenth century. In Michigan this work has focused on field and collections research on the multi-ethnic communities associated with the Marquette Mission site, an early fur trade site in the Upper Great Lakes, and the Moccasin Bluff site, an Upper Mississippian site. Dr. O’Gorman’s interests in gender issues, community archaeology, and museum anthropology are entwined with her research.   Dr. O’Gorman teaches archaeology field and lab courses, introductory archaeology, and North American archaeology courses.

Current Research Projects

Field research on Oneota migration and the social context of late prehistoric violence in the Central Illinois Valley. Morton Village Site excavations in collaboration with Dickson Mounds Museum of the Illinois State Museum 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 field school, 2010, 2013 graduate student field training.


2020 Ancient History and New Beginnings: Necrogeography and migration in the North American midcontinent. [J.A. O’Gorman, J.D. Bengtson & A.R. Michael]. World Archaeology, DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2019.1736138
2019 Cooking and Community: An Exploration of Oneota Group Variability through Foodways. [J.M. Painter and J.A. O’Gorman]. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology, 44:3, 231-258, DOI: 10.1080/01461109.2019.1634327
2017 War at the Door: Evolutionary Considerations of Warfare and Female Fighters. [J.D. Bengtson and J.A. O’Gorman]. Invited chapter for the edited volume Bioarchaeology of Women and Children in Times of War: Case Studies from the Americas, edited by D.L. Martin and C. Tegtmeyer, Springer.
2016 Women’s Participation in Prehistoric Warfare: A Central Illinoi River Valley Case Study. [J.D. Bengtson and J.A. O’Gorman]. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, DOI: 10.1002/oa.2532.
2016  Childhood, Migration, and Mortuary Representation in the Late Prehistoric Illinois River Valley. [J. D. Bengtson and J.A. O’Gorman]. Childhood in the Past, 9(1):19-43.
2016 A Pilot Study to Examine Mississippian and Oneota Foodways at the Morton Village Site. Illinois Antiquity, 51(4):1-5.
2014  A Preliminary Analysis of Oneota and Mississippian Serving Vessels at the Morton Village Site. [J. Lieto, J.A. O’Gorman], North American Archaeologist, 35(3) 243-255.
2010 Morton Village. [M. D. Conner and J.A. O’Gorman] The Living Museum, 72(1):8-13.
2010 Exploring the Longhouse and Community in Tribal Society. American Antiquity 75(3):571-597.
2010 More than Bricks and Mortar: A story of Community Archaeology. Invited chapter for edited volume Beneath the Ivory Tower: Archaeology of Academia, edited by R. Skowronek and K. Lewis, Pp. 242-260. University of Florida Press.
2008 Lunch with Peg. [L.G. Goldstein, J. A. O’Gorman, H.P. Pollard] The Michigan Archaeologist 54:1-‐4:217-­‐220. Published in 2013 with 2008 publication date due to delays in journal production.
2008 Mentoring Strategies for Women in Archaeology. [J.E. Baxter, T. Mayfield, J. O’Gorman, J. Peterson, and T. Stone] The SAA Archaeological Record, 8(4):15-18.
2007 The Myth of Moccasin Bluff – Rethinking the Potawatomi Pattern. Ethnohistory 54(3):373-406.
2007 Rehabilitating Old Archaeology Collections with GIS. Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 3(1):75-101.
2006 Before Removal: An Archaeological Perspective on the Southern Lake Michigan Basin [J. A. O’Gorman and W. A. Lovis]. In The Potawatomi Removal, Special Issue Guest Edited by Mark Schurr. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 31(1):21-56.
Dept. of Anthropology