Charlotte Williams

Doctoral Student




Charlotte is a Ben Franklin, Presidential Endowment, and Sundry Gifts Graduate fellow pursuing a PhD in Anthropology, with a focus on cultural heritage and the history of archaeology. Her dissertation research investigates how American imperial projects ranging from the United Fruit Company to the Panama Canal used archaeology as a way to control Central American territory in the early 20th century, and seeks to show how both harvests and heritage were extracted using the same labor and infrastructural systems. Her research has been supported by the Smithsonian in Washington DC, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Charlotte is the Mellon Democracy and Landscape Initiative Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks for 2024-2025




(2018) MPhil, Archaeology: Museums and Heritage Studies University of Cambridge, UK. Gates-Cambridge Scholarship.
(2017) BA, Anthropology: Certificates in Latin American Studies, Archaeology, and Urban Studies, Princeton University

Research Interests

cultural heritage, museums, history of archaeology, labor, extractivism, infrastructure, archives, corporations, colonialism, American imperialism.



Graduate Status