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Katherine Hicks

Katherine Elizabeth Hicks

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PhD Advisor:

Shannon A. Novak

Katherine Elizabeth Hicks

Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology Department

Highest degree earned

M.A., University of Cincinnati

Graduate Student Dissertation Title

Lanscapes of Life and Death: Placing the Spring Street Presbyterian Church in Ninteenth Century New York City


Katie is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Syracuse University, focusing on historical archaeology. She holds a B.S. from Kent State University and a M.A. from the University of Cincinnati. She has participated in fieldwork at sites throughout England, Martinique, Barbados, and central New York. Her doctoral research explores landscapes of life and death in 19th century Manhattan, as viewed through the lens of the diverse, abolitionist Spring Street Presbyterian Church. This study uses GIS, historical address data, and mortuary artifacts excavated from the burial vaults associated with the church, to examine the influences of urbanization, economic revolution, and social reform on the movements and mortuary practices of the church congregation. For more information about past and present research on the Spring Street burial vaults, please visit the Spring Street Archaeology Project website:
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