At the MA level, the Department offers supervision in the archaeology of ancient and prehistoric art, the politics of archaeology, archaeology of the contemporary past, and European prehistory. Topics of current and recent student theses include the archaeology of Japanese-American internment camps during the Second World War, the origin of the Neolithic in Croatia, Mimbres-like figurative motifs on rock art, and the archaeology of women across class and privilege in late 19th century Palo Alto. Successful applicants will have interests that closely map onto the the work of Professor Bailey and onto cross-overs between archaeology and visual culture (and thus with the work of Professor Peter Biella).
In addition, the department is at the center for the development of a new sub-discipline: art/archaeology. Professor Bailey and his students lead this initiative as it emerges as new and provocative research field. Applications are particularly encouraged from prospective students who wish to work on the following topics: visual representation in archaeology; the agency of the archive; art practice as archaeology / archaeology as art practice; radical re-interpretations of ancient and prehistoric art; archaeology as montage/collage; and the application of DADA and Surrealism to archaeological production. Potential applicants interested in this area of work are encouraged to contact Professor Bailey directly.
In all instances applicants are urged to contact Professor Bailey early in their application process to discuss possible research interests and thesis topic.