Meredith Reifschneider

Meredith Reifschneider
Assistant Professor
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(415) 405-2839
Building: FA
Room Number: 534
Office Hours: 
Wednesday: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm


I am a historical archaeologist whose research focuses on healthcare in colonial and post-colonial contexts. I joined the Anthropology Department at San Francisco State University in 2017, after completing my doctorate in Anthropology at Stanford University. My past and current research projects bridge the disciplines of archaeology, medical anthropology, and history. I also have professional experience in Cultural Resource Management and collections management.  

Since 2016, I have conducted field research in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, where my research focuses on the impacts of colonial healthcare systems on enslaved communities. This research was funded by the Wenner Gren Foundation and Stanford University. Published works on this project can be found on my academia page


My current research project investigates the intersections between US Army Medical Department regulations and soldier’s self-care practices at the Presidio of San Francisco. This collections-based project focuses on 19th to early 20th century artifacts recovered from the former enlisted soldier’s barracks. This interdisciplinary, collaborative project is funded by the Presidio Trust and the SFSU Presidential Fellowship. The project is also available to SFSU students and community volunteers through an academic internship program. Results from this project will be available in my forthcoming book, titled “The Archaeology of Medicine and Healthcare” (University Press of Florida, 2021). 

I have developed collaborative relationships with campus and community partners, to include the Global Museum and Museum Studies at SFSU, as well as the Veteran’s Curation Program, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and the Presidio Trust. I am an active member of SFSU’s Science, Technology, and Society Hub and am currently developing a short film on the Presidio project.  

Classes Taught (SFSU)

ANTH 110: Introduction to Archaeology 

ANTH 460: Historical Archaeology 

ANTH 592: Archaeological Methods 

ANTH 594: Zooarchaeology 

ANTH 721: Graduate Seminar in Archaeology