Rebecca Kellawan

2023 Graduate Fellow

Rebecca Kellawan is a professional archaeologist and doctoral student in the History and Theory tract in the School of Architecture. Her research interests lie at the intersection of race, landscape, and the built environment. Her dissertation research focuses on infrastructure as an active archive and organizing principle in the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Specifically, her project interrogates the Panama Canal Project’s (1904-1914) veiled impact on U.S.-state formation in California specifically and the United States more broadly by interrogating a broader infrastructural landscape within the Americas. Her work relies on an archaeological approach to the historical record that largely consists of large digitized archival collections across multiple repositories.