Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Coordinator

Contact Info

105J Baldwin Hall
Curriculum Vitae:

About me

My interests are underpinned by the desire to understand how the lived experiences of individuals and communities articulate with long-term, large-scale processes of social and cultural change. This includes the social transformations that transpire when people reorganize themselves on the landscape through processes of settlement aggregation, migration, and geopolitical realignment. I have active research projects in the Lower Great Lakes and the Deep South that articulate with these objectives in various ways, all of which further understandings of organizational complexity and diversity in eastern North America. This includes seeking to understand social complexity from the ground up, including complex relations between individuals and groups in non-state societies.

Current Projects

I have active research projects in northeastern and southeastern North America. 

Dr. Birch and students from UGA and U of T conducting fieldwork at Hamilton-Lougheed, a Petun village in Ontario, Canada.
Investigations at Hamilton-Lougheed, a 17th century Petun village

Ongoing projects in the northeast include:

  • Dating Iroquoia: Radiocarbon dating and chronological modeling of Iroquoian settlement histories
  • Reconstructing geopolitical relations between Iroquoian communities and nations 
  • Geophysical investigations of Iroquoian villages
  • Pan-Iroquoian social network analysis


Dr. Birch and field school students look at geophysical data from Singer-Moye
Examining geophysical data from Singer-Moye 

Ongoing projects in the southeast include:


Of note:
  • Award for Excellence in Publishing, Ontario Archaeology Society, 2013
  • Teacher of the Week, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia, 2016

Doctor of Philosophy, Anthropology, McMaster University (2010)

Research Interests:

Archaeology of eastern North America; Settlement patterns; Archaeology of households and communities; Organizational complexity; Archaeology of warfare; Multi-scalar analyses; Social network analysis; Radiocarbon dating and chronological modeling; Geophysics; Social theory; Heritage; Cultural resource management.

Selected Publications:


Birch, Jennifer (editor)
2013    From Prehistoric Villages to Cities: Settlement Aggregation and Community Transformation. Routledge, New York. 225 pp.

Birch, Jennifer, and Ronald F. Williamson
2013    The Mantle Site: An Archaeological History of an Ancestral Wendat Community. AltaMira Press, Lanham. 195 pp.

Book Chapters

Birch, Jennifer
In press  Settlement Aggregation and Geopolitical Realignment in the Northeastern Woodlands. In Coming Together: Comparative Approaches To Population Aggregation and Early Urbanization, edited by Attila Guycha. Institute of European and Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Buffalo.

Brannan, Stefan and Jennifer Birch
2017    Settlement Ecology at Singer-Moye: Mississippian History and Demography in the Southeastern United States. In Settlement Ecology of the Ancient Americas, edited by Lucas C. Kellett and Eric E. Jones, pp. 57-84. Routledge, New York.

Birch, Jennifer, Robert B. Wojtowicz, Aleksandra Pradzynski, and Robert H. Pihl
2016    Multi-scalar Perspectives on Iroquoian Ceramics: Aggregation and Interaction in Precontact Ontario. In Process and Meaning in Spatial Archaeology: Investigations into Pre-Columbian Iroquoian Space and Place. Edited by Eric E. Jones and John L. Creese, pp. 147-190. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Birch, Jennifer
2013    Between Villages and Cities: Settlement Aggregation in Cross-Cultural Perspective. In From Prehistoric Villages to Cities: Settlement Aggregation and Community Transformation, edited by Jennifer Birch, pp. 1-20. Routledge, New York.

Birch, Jennifer, and Ronald F. Williamson
2013    Organizational Complexity in Ancestral Wendat Communities. In From Prehistoric Villages to Cities: Settlement Aggregation and Community Transformation, edited by Jennifer Birch, pp. 153-178. Routledge, New York.

Peer-reviewed Articles

Jennifer Birch and John P. Hart
2018    Social Networks and Northern Iroquoian Confederacy Dynamics. American Antiquity, in press.

Hart, John P., Jennifer Birch, and Christian Gates St-Pierre
2017    Effects of Population Dispersal on Regional Signaling Networks: An Example from Northern Iroquoia. Science Advances 3: e1700497

Dermarkar, Susan, Jennifer Birch, Termeh Shafie, John P. Hart, and Ronald F. Williamson
2016    St. Lawrence Iroquoians and Pan-Iroquoian Social Network Analysis. Ontario Archaeology 96: 87-103. 

Birch, Jennifer
2016    Northern Iroquoian Geopolitics ca. A.D. 1450-1600:  Dimensions of Social Complexity in ancestral Wendake. Ontario Archaeology 96: 35-46. 

Birch, Jennifer
2016    Relations of Power and Production in Ancestral Wendat Communities. In Household Archaeology – A Transatlantic Comparative Approach, Proceedings of the International Symposium, October 24-25 2014, Chapdelaine C., Burke A., Gernigon K. (eds.), Université de Montréal, P@lethnology 8: 31-48.

Brannan, Stefan and Jennifer Birch
2016    Summary of the 2016 Field Season at Singer-Moye (9SW2): Introducing the Singer-Moye Archaeological Settlement History Project (SMASH). Early Georgia 44(1&2): 101-108. 

Birch, Jennifer, Jean-Luc Pilon, and Carley Crann
2016    Chronological Modeling and Insights on European-St. Lawrence Iroquoian Interaction from the Roebuck Site, Ontario. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 40(2). 

Birch, Jennifer
2016    Interpreting Iroquoian Site Structure through Geophysical Prospection and Soil Chemistry: Insights from a coalescent community in Ontario, Canada. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 8: 102-111.

Hart, John P., Termeh Shafie, Jennifer A. Birch, Susan Dermarkar, and Ronald F. Williamson
2016    Nation Building and Social Signaling in Southern Ontario: A.D. 1350-1650. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0156178.

Birch, Jennifer, Jacob Lulewicz, and Abigail Rowe
2016    A Comparative Analysis of the Late Woodland-Early Mississippian Settlement Landscape in Northern Georgia. Southeastern Archaeology 34(1):115-133.

Birch, Jennifer, and Stefan Brannan
2015    Summary of the 2015 Field Season at Singer-Moye (9SW2). Early Georgia 43(1&2): 95-100.

Birch, Jennifer, and Ronald F. Williamson
2015    Navigating Ancestral Landscapes in the Northern Iroquoian World. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 39: 139-150.

Birch, Jennifer
2015    Current Research on the Historical Development of Northern Iroquoian Societies. Journal of Archaeological Research 23(3): 263-323.

Birch, Jennifer, and Jacob Lulewicz
2014    Archaeological and Geophysical Investigations of Raccoon Ridge, a transitional Late Woodland-Early Mississippian Village in the Georgia Piedmont. Early Georgia 42(2): 89-103.

Birch, Jennifer
2012    Coalescent Communities: Settlement Aggregation and Social Integration in Iroquoian Ontario. American Antiquity 77(4): 646-670.

Birch, Jennifer
2010    Coalescence and Conflict in Iroquoian Ontario. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 25(1): 27-46.

Birch, Jennifer
2008    Rethinking the Archeological Application of Iroquoian Kinship. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 32(2): 194-213.


  • 2017     Senior Research Grant, National Science Foundation, "Establishing a High Resolution Framework for Age Determination," PI: Jennifer Birch, Co-PI: Sturt W. Manning, $200,764
  • 2016     Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award, National Science Foundation, Regional Influence on Social Network Development. PI: Jennifer Birch, Co-PI: Jacob Lulewicz, $28,590
  • 2015     Faculty Research Grant, University of Georgia Research Foundation, $9,781
  • 2013     Proposal Resubmission Grants, University of Georgia: Franklin College, Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Department of Anthropology, $10,000
  • 2013     Faculty Research Grant, University of Georgia Research Foundation, $7,980

Articles Featuring Jennifer Birch

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 11:11am

UGA’s Jennifer Birch and Cornell University’s Sturt Manning are investigators for a National Science Foundation grant, “Establishing a High-Resolution Framework for Age Determination.” A team including graduate assistant Megan Anne Conger works to date Northern Iroquoian sites…