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Jodie O’Gorman

Curator, Archaeology
(517) 353-7861

Curator of Archaeology
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Research Interests/Experience

Earlier communities of the northern mid-continent and western Great Lakes are Dr. O'Gorman's primary research interest. She has extensive field experience investigating a variety of social and environmental issues relating to communities over the past two thousand years. She has worked at the Victorian era community of Grafton, Illinois as seen through the use and abandonment of the Grafton Cemetery; the multi-ethnic site of Marquette Mission in St. Ignace, Michigan (ca. 1670 to 1720); a large Oneota (ca. A.D.1300-1600) longhouse community in southwestern Wisconsin; a riverside Late Woodland village; and various Middle and Late Woodland sites (ca. 50 B.C. to A.D. 900). Her most recent work examines a multi-ethnic community on the Illinois River to understand the high rate of pre-Columbian violence found at an associated cemetery. Working throughout her career in conjunction with museums and other research institutions, the care and use of archaeological collections has been of fundamental interest. She is currently in residence at the Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center while on a research leave during 2014/2015.

Selected Publications

  • Lieto, J., O’Gorman, J.A., 2014. “A Preliminary Analysis of Oneota and Mississippian Serving Vessels at the Morton Village Site,” North American Archaeologist, 35(3) 243-255, 2014 (in press).
  • O'Gorman, J.A., 2010. “Exploring the Longhouse and Community in Tribal Society,” American Antiquity 75(3): 571-597.
  • O'Gorman, J.A., 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.
  • O'Gorman, J.A., 2007. "The Myth of Moccasin Bluff – Rethinking the Potawatomi Pattern" Ethnohistory 54(3): 373-406.
  • O'Gorman, J.A., 2007. "Rehabilitating Old Archaeology Collections with GIS," Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 3(1): 75-101.
  • Lovis, W.A., O'Gorman, J.A., 2006. "Before Removal: An Archaeological Perspective on the Southern Lake Michigan Basin," "In the Potawatomi Removal," Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 31(1): 21-56.
  • O'Gorman, J.A., R.M. Tubbs, 2005. "Assessing Oneota Diet and Health: A Community and Lifeway Perspective," Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 30: 119-163.
  • O'Gorman, J.A., 2005. "Middle Woodland Archaeology of the C. House Site." Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Reports No. 20, Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program. Illinois Department of Transportation and Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana.
  • O'Gorman, J.A., 2003. "Revisiting the Moccasin Bluff Site." The Michigan Archaeologist Vol. 49 (1-2): 7-38.
  • O'Gorman, J.A., 2003. "The 'Agricultural Village' Myth and Recent Research at Moccasin Bluff." The Michigan Archaeologist Vol. 49 (1-2): 91-100.

Selected Honors

  • Monticello College Foundation Grant, funding awarded to support the "Women In Archeology Internship" at the Center for American Archeology: 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Graduate School Fellowship, The Graduate School, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 1994-1995
  • Mensa Grant for Dissertation Research, Milwaukee, 1993
  • Anthropology Fellowship, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 1990


Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 1996.
M.S., Minnesota State University, 1988