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First Name
Kelley Fanto
Last Name
Randolph College
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African Diaspora History and Culture, Material and Visual Culture, Historical Archaeology, African Diaspora Mortuary Practices, Public History, Cultural Resource Management, Facilitated Dialogues, Foodways, Heritage Studies, Gender, Domestic Labor, Cultural Landscapes, Plantation Museums and Tourism, Memorials, and Memory.
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Personal Info

About Me

Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz is a Research Associate at the James River Institute for Archaeology and Visiting Assistant Professor at Randolph College. She holds a B.A. from The College of William and Mary, and a M.A. and Ph.D.  from U.C. Berkeley. She specializes in early African Diaspora cultural history, archaeology, slavery, visual and material culture, and public history. She has worked as a historical consultant for television, museums, and for the film The Birth of a Nation. Deetz partnered with National Geographic to produce the documentary film Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner (National Geographic Channel), and authored the cover story for the National Geographic History Magazine entitled Nat Turner’s Bones: Reclaiming an American Rebel. Her new book Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine was named one of the top ten books on food of 2017 by the Smithsonian Magazine. 

Recent Publications

Selected Recent Publications

2018                 Author, Finding Dignity in a Landscape of Fear: Enslaved Women and Girls at the University of Virginia (Slavery and Abolition, June 2018)

2017                Author, Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks helped Invent American Cuisine, (University Press of Kentucky)

2017 Author, Nat Turner: An American Rebel, cover story, National Geographic History Magazine, January/February 2017.  

2016 Lead Author, Refining History and Heritage at Virginia’s Colleges and Universities, History News Magazine, American Association for State and Local History, Autumn 2016.

2016   Contributing Author, The Birth of a Nation: Nat Turner and the Making of a Movement, (Simon and Schuster).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Atlantic, Caribbean, Central America, England, United States
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, Colonialism, Emancipation, Food History, Gender, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion, Slavery, Women