Eric Johnson

Visiting Lecturer
Cogut Postdoctoral Fellow
Spring 2023

Biography

Eric Johnson is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History of Art and Architecture. He is also affiliated with the Cogut Institute for the Humanities and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative. He earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University in 2021. His research combines archaeological, architectural, and historical methods to examine intersecting effects of colonialism and capitalism in North America, specifically northern New Jersey. His recent article "Industrializing Shell Bead Production in Northern New Jersey: Reuniting Collections from Stoltz Farm (1770-1830) and the Campbell Wampum Factory (1850-1900)" published in Historical Archaeology exposes the entwined nature of capitalist and settler ideologies through the untold story of Euro-American settlers who produced Indigenous shell beads for export to the fur trade. Eric's current research is a collaboration with Michaeline Picaro (Turtle Clan Tribal Preservation Officer of the Ramapough Nation of New Jersey) to help document Indigenous stone architecture in ancestral Munsee Lenape territory. The Ramapough have identified hundreds of potential stone landscape sites in what is today northern New Jersey and southern New York that are not currently recognized by state agencies as Indigenous heritage. Combining architectural landscape surveys, historical mapping, and Indigenous knowledge, the Mapping Munsee Landscapes seeks to survey, contextualize, and ultimately preserve at-risk sites in Munsee territory while interrogating settler-state criteria for recognizing Indigenous architectural heritage.