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Jeffrey B. Fleisher
Associate Professor
Associate Professor in Anthropology
 
e-mail:jfleisher@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. Anthropology (1992) University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • M.A. Anthropology (1998) University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Ph.D. Anthropology (2003) University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
 
Primary Department
   Department of Anthropology
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Websites
 Batoka Plateau Project
 Songo Mnara Urban Landscapes Project
 Research at Songo Mnara, Tanzania
 Songo Mnara: Urban Space, Social Memory and Materiality
 Research at Songo Mnara
 Rice Archaeological Field School
 
Research Areas
 Old World archaeology, African archaeology and ethnography, political economy, landscape and regional archaeology, household studies, ceramics, urban space
 
Research Statement
 

I am an anthropological archaeologist with interests in complex societies, urbanization, political economy, regional and landscape archaeology, households, and power. My research is focused on the Swahili coast in eastern Africa, where I have had a long-term commitment to recovering the settlement history of a particular region on Pemba Island , Tanzania . This work has been aimed at a number of issues: My previous work attempted to understand the character of ancient Swahili urbanism (prior to AD1500)¿and to evaluate the proposition of coastal urbanism in general¿through survey and excavations in the area surrounding three known Swahili stonetowns. More recently, I have completed the field portions of a three year project that returned to this region to look more closely at the political economy of one of these stonetown regions. By identifying and excavating houses of non-elite urban and rural residents, this project attempts to build an understanding of the local domestic economy and how it articulated with the better known Indian Ocean economy within which the Swahili operated. I am currently working on a monograph that details this research with Prof. Adria LaViolette and Prof. Bertram Mapunda.


 


During the summer of 2008, I initiated the Coastal Ceramics Project with Dr. Stephanie Wynne-Jones. This project involves a comprehensive reanalysis of early coastal pottery¿that of the early Tana Tradition¿with the aim of building a comparative database. We will use this database to begin examining the variability between coastal assemblages, with the goal of understanding how ceramic assemblages represent different coastal regions. We aim to make this data public and accessible to other researchers.

 
Teaching Areas
 Archaeology, African Prehistory, Heritage Management, Landscape Archaeology, Complex Societies, Archaeological Theory
 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

Horton, Mark; Jeffrey Fleisher; Stephanie Wynne-Jones "The Mosques of Songo Mnara in their Urban Landscape." Journal of Islamic Archaeology, 4(2): 163-188.

 
 

LaViolette, Adria and Jeffrey Fleisher "Developments in Rural Life on the Eastern African Coast, AD 700-1500." Journal of Field Archaeology, 43(5)Accepted

 
 

Mary E Prendergast, Mary E., Michael Buckley; Alison Crowther; Heidi Eager; Laurent Frantz; Ophélie Lebrasseur; Rainer Hutterer; Ardern Hulme-Beaman; Wim Van Neer; Katerina Douka; Margaret-Ashley Veall; Eréndira Quintana Morales; Verena Schuenemann; Ella Reiter; Richard Allen; Richard Helm; Ceri Shipton; Ogeto Mwebi; Christiane Denys; Mark Horton; Stephanie Wynne-Jones; Jeffrey Fleisher; Chantal Radimilahy; Henry Wright; Jeremy Searle; Johannes Krause; Greger Larson; Nicole L Boivin "Reconstructing Asian faunal introductions to eastern Africa from multi-proxy biomolecular and archaeological datasets." PloS one, 12 (2017) : e0182565.

 
 

Sulas, Federica; Fleisher, Jeffrey; Wynne-Jones, Stephanie "Geoarchaeology of urban space in tropical island environments: Songo Mnara, Tanzania." Journal of Archaeological Science, 77 (2017) : 52-63.

 
 

Jeffrey Fleisher "On critical approaches, unintended consequences, and the data of everyday life in ‘performing towns.’ Comment on Axel Christophersen, ‘Performing towns: Steps toward an understanding of medieval urban communities as social practice’." Archaeological Dialogues , 22(2) (2015) : 132-136.

 
 

Jeffrey Fleisher and Federica Sulas "Deciphering public spaces in urban contexts: Geophysical survey, multi-element soil analysis, and artifact distributions at the 15th-16th-century Swahili settlement of Songo Mnara." Journal of Archaeological Science , 55 (2015) : 55-70.

 
 

Jeffrey Fleisher, Paul Lane, Adria LaViolette, Mark Horton, Edward Pollard, Erendira Quintana Morales, Thomas Vernet, Annalisa Christie, Stephanie Wynne-Jones "When did the Swahili become Maritime? American Anthropologist ." American Anthropologist, 117(1) (2015) : 100-115.

 
 

Stephanie Wynne-Jones and Jeffrey Fleisher "Conservation, Community Archaeology and Archaeological Mediation at Songo Mnara, Tanzania." Journal of Field Archaeology, 40(1) (2015) : 110-119.

 
 

Stephanie Wynne-Jones and Jeffrey Fleisher "Fifty Years in the Archaeology of the Eastern African Coast: A Methodological History." Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa , 50(4) (2015) : 519-541.

 
 

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Coins and other currencies on the Swahili coast." The Archaeology of Money, Colin Haselgrove and Stefan Krmnicek (eds.) (2016) : 115-136.

 
 

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; Fleisher, Jeffrey; "The multiple territories of Swahili urban landscapes." World Archaeology, 48 (2016) : 349-362.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey B; "Situating the Swahili House." Theory in Africa, Africa in Theory: Locating Meaning in Archaeology (2015) : 72-89.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; "On critical approaches, unintended consequences and the data of everyday life in ‘performing towns’." Archaeological Dialogues, 22 (2015) : 132-136.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; Lane, Paul; LaViolette, Adria; Horton, Mark; Pollard, Edward; Quintana Morales, Eréndira; Vernet, Thomas; Christie, Annalisa; Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; "When did the Swahili become maritime?." American Anthropologist, 117 (2015) : 100-115.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; Sulas, Federica; "Deciphering public spaces in urban contexts: Geophysical survey, multi-element soil analysis, and artifact distributions at the 15th-16th-century AD Swahili settlement of Songo Mnara, Tanzania." Journal of Archaeological Science (2015)

 
 

John Perkins, Jeffrey Fleisher and Stephanie Wynne-Jones "A Hoard of Kilwa-Type Coins from Songo Mnara, Tanzania." Azania , 49(1) (2014) : 102-116.

 
 

Kate Welham, Jeffrey Fleisher, Paul Cheetham, Harry Manley, Charlene Steele, and Stephanie Wynne-Jones "Geophysical Survey in Sub-Saharan Africa: Magnetic and Electromagnetic Investigation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Songo Mnara, Tanzania. ." Archaeological Prospection, 21(4) (2014) : 255-262.

 
 

MacEachern, Scott; "African Models in Global Histories." Theory in Africa, Africa in Theory: Locating Meaning in Archaeology (2015) : 19-37.

 
 

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; Fleisher, Jeffrey B; "Theory in Africa, Africa in Theory." Theory in Africa, Africa in Theory: Locating Meaning in Archaeology (2015) : 3-18.

 
 

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Conservation, community archaeology, and archaeological mediation at Songo Mnara, Tanzania." Journal of Field Archaeology, 40 (2015) : 110-119.

 
 

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Fifty years in the archaeology of the eastern African coast: a methodological history." Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, 50 (2015) : 519-541.

 
 

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Theory in Africa, Africa in Theory: Locating Meaning in Archaeology."  (2015)

 
 

Babalola, Abidemi Babatunde; Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Local ceramics from Songo Mnara, Tanzania." Proceedings of the 13th Congress of the PanAfrican Association for Prehistory and Related Fields. Dakar: IFAN Cheikh Anta Diop (2014)

 
 

Babalola, Abidemi Babatunde; Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Local ceramics from Songo Mnara, Tanzania." Proceedings of the 13th Congress of the PanAfrican Association for Prehistory and Related Fields. Dakar: IFAN Cheikh Anta Diop (2014)

 
 

Babalola, Abidemi Babatunde; Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Local ceramics from Songo Mnara, Tanzania." Proceedings of the 13th Congress of the PanAfrican Association for Prehistory and Related Fields. Dakar: IFAN Cheikh Anta Diop (2014)

 
 

Fleisher, Jeff; "Local Perspectives on an International East African." African Historical Archaeologies (2014) : 91.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; "The complexity of public space at the Swahili town of Songo Mnara, Tanzania." Journal of anthropological archaeology, 35 (2014) : 1-22.

 
 

Jeffrey Fleisher "Performance, Monumentality and the ‘Built Exterior’ on the East African Swahili Coast." Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, 48(2) (2013) : 263-281.

 
 

Perkins, John; Fleisher, Jeffrey; Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; "A deposit of Kilwa-type coins from Songo Mnara, Tanzania." Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, 49 (2014) : 102-116.

 
 

Stephanie Wynne-Jones and Jeffrey Fleisher "Ceramics and Society: Early Tana Tradition and the Swahili Coast (Data Paper)." Internet Archaeology , 35 (2013)

 
 

Welham, Kate; Fleisher, J; Cheetham, Paul; Manley, Harry; Steele, C; Wynne-Jones, S; "Geophysical Survey in Sub-Saharan Africa: magnetic and Electromagnetic Investigation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Songo Mnara, Tanzania." Archaeological Prospection, 21 (2014) : 255-262.

 
 

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; Fleisher, Jeffrey B; "Swahili urban spaces of the eastern African coast." Making Ancient Cities: Space and Place in Early Urban Societies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2014) : 111-144.

 
 

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Water management in a maritime culture: the Swahili coast of East Africa." A History of Water: Water and Urbanization, Series III, 1 (2014) : 240-258.

 
 

FLEISHER, DR JEFFREY; MARCOM, MR ROBERT; MCDAVID, DR CAROL; "Final Report on the 2013 Excavations at the Wilson-Victor (41HR1031) Site."  (2013)

 
 

Fleisher, J; Wynne-Jones, S; "Archaeological investigations at Songo Mnara. 2011 field season." Field report, available online at www. songomnara. rice. edu/pdf/SM_Report_2011. pdf (2013)

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Landscape Archaeology." Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology, Peter Mitchell and Paul Lane, eds. (2013) : 189-199.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Performance, monumentality and the ‘built exterior’on the eastern African Swahili coast." Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, 48 (2013) : 263-281.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; LaViolette, Adria; "The early Swahili trade village of Tumbe, Pemba Island, Tanzania, AD 600–950." Antiquity, 87 (2013) : 1151-1168.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; "Archaeological Investigations at Songo Mnara, Tanzania: 2011 Field Season." Preliminary report submitted to the Department of Antiquities, Republic of Tanzania (2013)

 
 

Jeffrey Fleisher and Adria LaViolette "The Early Swahili Trade Village of Tumbe, Pemba Island, Tanzania, AD 600-950.." Antiquity, 87(338) (2013) : 1151-1168.

 
 

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Ceramics and Society: Early Tana Tradition and the Swahili Coast (Data Paper)." Internet Archaeology, 35 (2013)

 
 

De Luna, Kathryn M; Fleisher, Jeffrey B; McIntosh, Susan Keech; "Thinking across the African Past: Interdisciplinarity and early history."  (2012)

 
 

De Luna, Kathryn M; Fleisher, Jeffrey B; McIntosh, Susan Keech; "Thinking across the African Past: Interdisciplinarity and early history."  (2012)

 
 

Pollard, Edward, Jeffrey Fleisher, Stephanie Wynne-Jones.  (2012) Beyond the Stone Town:  Maritime Architecture at fourteenth – fifteenth century Songo Mnara, Tanzania.  Journal of Maritime Archaeology 7(1):43-62. 

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; "How Public Space is Used in Ancient Cities: The Case of Songo Mnara, a Medieval Swahili City in Tanzania."  (2012)

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; Marcom, Robert, McDavid, Carol; "Final Report on the 2012 Excavations at the Wilson-Victor (41HR1031) and Ruthven (41HR1070) Sites."  (2012)

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; "Finding meaning in ancient Swahili spatial practices." African archaeological review, 29 (2012) : 171-207.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; Steele, Charlene; Welham, Kate; "Geophysical survey at Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania." Journal of African Archaeology, 10 (2012) : 207-220.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey and Stephanie Wynne-Jones.  (2012) Finding Meaning in Ancient Swahili Spaces. African Archaeological Review 29(2/3):171-207.

 
 

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie, Jeffrey Fleisher, Charlene Steele, and Kate Welham.  (2012) Geophysical Survey at Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania.  Journal of African Archaeology 10(2):207-220. 

 
 

de Luna, Kathryn, Jeffrey Fleisher, Susan K. McIntosh. (2012) Thinking across the African Past: Interdisciplinarity and Early History.  African Archaeological Review 29(2/3):75-94.

 
 

Pollard, Edward; Fleisher, Jeffrey; Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; "Beyond the stone town: maritime architecture at fourteenth–fifteenth century Songo Mnara, Tanzania." Journal of Maritime Archaeology, 7 (2012) : 43-62.

 
 

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie and Jeffrey Fleisher. (2012). Coins in Context: Local Economy, Value and Practice on the East African Swahili Coast.  Cambridge Archaeological Journal 22(1):19-36

 
 

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Coins in context: Local economy, value and practice on the East African Swahili coast." Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 22 (2012) : 19-36.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Historical Archaeologies of Nineteenth-Century Colonial Tanzania: A Comparative Study." The International Journal of African Historical Studies, 44 (2011) : 334.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; "Ceramics and the early Swahili: Deconstructing the early Tana tradition." African Archaeological Review, 28 (2011) : 245-278.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey. (2011). Comment on Monroe, ‘In the Belly of Dan’: Space, History and Power in Precolonial Dahomey.  Current Anthropology 52(6):786.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey and Stephanie Wynne-Jones.  (2011) Ceramics and the Early Swahili: Deconstructing the Early Tana Tradition.  African Archaeological Review 28(4):245-278.

 
 

Monroe, J Cameron; Fleisher, Jeffrey; Joyce, Rosemary A; Kelly, Kenneth G; Kusimba, Chapurukha M; Ogundiran, Akin; Richard, François G; Thiaw, Ibrahima; Monroe, J Cameron; "In the Belly of Dan: Space, History, and Power in Precolonial Dahomey." Current Anthropology, 52 (2011) : 000-000.

 
 

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; Fleisher, JB; "Archaeological investigations at Songo Mnara, Tanzania, 2011." Nyame Akuma, 76 (2011)

 
 

FLEISHER, JEFFREY; Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; "Kilwa-type coins from Songo Mnara, Tanzania: new finds and chronological implications." The Numismatic Chronicle (1966-) (2010) : 494-506.

 
 

Fleisher, JB; "Between mosque and house: an archaeology of Swahili open space." Proceedings of the 13th congress of the PanAfrican association for prehistory and related fields, IFAN Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar (2010)

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey B; "Swahili synoecism: Rural settlements and town formation on the central East African coast, AD 750–1500." Journal of Field Archaeology, 35 (2010) : 265-282.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey B; Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; "Archaeological investigations at Songo Mnara, Tanzania: urban space, social memory and materiality on the 15th-and 16th-century southern Swahili coast." Dar es Salaam (2010)

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Early State Formation in Central Madagascar: An Archaeological Survey of Western Avaradrano." American Antiquity, 75 (2010) : 411-413.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Housing the market: Swahili merchants and regional marketing on the East African coast, seventh to sixteenth centuries AD." Archaeological approaches to market exchange in ancient societies (2010) : 141-160.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Rituals of consumption and the politics of feasting on the Eastern African coast, AD 700–1500." Journal of World Prehistory, 23 (2010) : 195-217.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; "Authorisation and the process of power: The view from African archaeology." Journal of World Prehistory, 23 (2010) : 177-193.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey (2010). Swahili Synoecism: Rural Settlements and Town Formation on the Central Swahili Coast, AD 750-1500. Journal of Field Archaeology 35(3):265-282.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey (2010). The Politics of Feasting on the Eastern African Coast, AD 700-1500.  Journal of World Prehistory 23(4):195-217.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey and Stephanie Wynne-Jones (2010). Authorisation and the Process of Power: The View from African Archaeology.  Journal of World Prehistory 23(4):177-193.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey and Stephanie Wynne-Jones. Kilwa-type coins from Songo Mnara, Tanzania: New Finds and Chronological Implications. Numismatic Chronicle 170:494-506.

 
 

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; Fleisher, JB; "Archaeological investigations at Songo Mnara, Tanzania, 2009." Nyame Akuma, 73 (2010) : 2-8.

 
 

LaViolette, Adria and Jeffrey Fleisher (2009). The Urban History of a Rural Place: Swahili Archaeology on Pemba Island, Tanzania, AD 700-1500. International Journal of African Historical Studies 42(3):433-455.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; McDavid, Carol; Marcom, Mr Robert; "Final Report on the 2009 Excavations at the Rutherford BH Yates House Site."  (2009)

 
 

LaViolette, Adria; Fleisher, Jeffrey; "The urban history of a rural place: Swahili archaeology on Pemba Island, Tanzania, 700-1500 AD." The International Journal of African Historical Studies, 42 (2009) : 433-455.

 
 

Flexner, James L; Fleisher, Jeffrey B; LaViolette, Adria; "Bead Grinders and Early Swahili Household Economy: Analysis of an Assemblage from Tumbe, Pemba Island, Tanzania, 7 th-10 th Centuries AD." Journal of African Archaeology, 6 (2008) : 161-181.

 
 

Flexner, James, Jeffrey Fleisher, and Adria LaViolette.  (2008) Bead Grinders and Early Swahili Household Economy: An Analysis of an Assemblage from Pemba Island, Tanzania. Journal of African Archaeology 6(2):161-181.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey B; LaViolette, Adria; "The changing power of Swahili houses, fourteenth to nineteenth centuries AD." The durable house: House society models in archaeology, 35 (2007) : 175-197.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; "West African Early Towns: Archaeology of Households in Urban Landscapes. By Augustin FC Holl. Anthropological Papers, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Number 95, Ann Arbor, 2006, 168 pp. ISBN 0-915703-61-0. Price US $26.00.." Journal of African Archaeology, 5 (2007) : 339-342.

 
 

LaViolette, Adria; Fleisher, Jeffrey; "The archaeology of sub-Saharan urbanism: cities and their countrysides." African archaeology: A critical introduction (2005) : 327-352.

 
 

Fleisher, JB; "Viewing stonetowns from the countryside: An archaeological approach to Swahili regional systems, AD 800&ndashA1500 (Tanzania).."  (2004)

 
 

Fleisher, Jeff; "Behind the sultan of Kilwa’s “Rebellious Conduct”: Local perspectives on an international East African town." African Historical Archaeologies (2004) : 91-123.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; "The Archaeology of Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa." The International Journal of African Historical Studies, 37 (2004) : 131.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey Barnet; "Viewing stonetowns from the countryside: An archaeological approach to Swahili regional systems, AD 800-1500."  (2003)

 
 

Fleisher, Jeff; "Archaeological survey and excavations in northern Pemba Island, Tanzania, 1999–2000." Nyame akuma, 56 (2001) : 36-43.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeff; LaViolette, Adria; "Elusive wattle-and-daub: finding the hidden majority in the archaeology of the Swahili." Azania: Journal of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, 34 (1999) : 87-108.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeff; LaViolette, Adria; "The recovery of Swahili settlements in the absence of stone architecture: two preliminary surveys from Pemba Island, Tanzania." Nyame akuma (1999) : 64-73.

 
 

LaViolette, Adria; Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Reconnaissance of sites bearing Triangular Incised (Tana Tradition) Ware on Pemba Island, Tanzania." Nyame Akuma, 44 (1995) : 59-65.

 
 Articles
 

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie and Jeffrey Fleisher.  (2011). Archaeological Investigations at Songo Mnara, Tanzania, 2011.  Nyame Akuma 76.

 
 

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie and Jeffrey Fleisher.  Archaeological Investigations at Songo Mnara, Tanzania, 2009.  Nyame Akuma 73:2-8.  

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey (2007). "Urbanism and Urbanization: Prehistoric." In The New Encyclopedia of Africa, Second Ed., John Middleton and Joseph Miller, eds. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, vol. 5, pp. 145-147.

 
 Books
 

Kathryn de Luna and Jeffrey Fleisher "Speaking with Substance: Methods of Language and Materials in African History." Accepted

 
 Editor of books
 

Jeffrey Fleisher and Neil Norman "The Archaeology of Anxiety: The Materiality of Anxiousness, Worry, and Fear."  (2016)

 
 

Stephanie Wynne-Jones and Jeffrey Fleisher "Theory in Africa, Africa in Theory: Locating Meaning in Archaeology."  (2015)

 
 Book chapters
 

Jeffrey Fleisher "Excavating an Urban Context/Prospections Urbaines." Field Manual for African Archaeology/Manuel de terrain en Archéologie africaine: 121-124.

 
 

Jeffrey Fleisher "Surveying Towns/Enquëter en Ville." Field Manual for African Archaeology/Manuel de terrain en Archéologie africaine (2017) : 76-78.

 
 

Jeffrey Fleisher "Town and Village." The Swahili World: 194-204.

 
 

Jeffrey Fleisher "Tumbe, Kimimba and Bandarikuu." The Swahili World (2018) : 163-168.

 
 

Jeffrey Fleisher "Situating the Swahili House ." Theory in Africa, Africa in Theory: Locating Meaning in Archaeology (2015) : 72-89.

 
 

Jeffrey Fleisher and Neil Norman "Archaeologies of Anxiety: The Materiality of Anxiousness, Worry, and Fear.." The Archaeology of Anxiety: The Materiality of Anxiousness, Worry, and Fear (2016) : 1-20.

 
 

Stephanie Wynne-Jones and Jeffrey Fleisher "Coins and other currencies on the Swahili coast 115-136. ." The Archaeology of Money (2016) : 115-136.

 
 

Stephanie Wynne-Jones and Jeffrey Fleisher "Theory in Africa, Africa in Theory." Theory in Africa, Africa in Theory: Locating Meaning in Archaeology (2015) : 3-18.

 
 

Jeffrey Fleisher "Landscape Archaeology." Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology (2013) : 189-199.

 
 

Stephanie Wynne-Jones and Jeffrey Fleisher "Water management in a maritime culture: the Swahili coast of East Africa." From Jericho to Cities in the Seas: A History of Urbanization and Water Systems (2014) : 242-261.

 
 

Stephanie Wynne-Jones and Jeffrey Flesiher "Swahili Urban Spaces of the East African Coast." Making Ancient Cities: Studies of the Built Environment in Early Urban Societies (2014) : 111-144.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey (2010) Housing the Market: Swahili Merchants and Regional Marketing on the East African Swahili Coast, 7th-16th Centuries AD. In Archaeological Approaches to Premodern Market Exchange, Christopher Garraty and Barbara Stark, eds. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, pp. 141-160.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey and Adria LaViolette (2007).  The Changing Power of Swahili Houses, AD Fourteenth to Nineteenth Centuries. In The Durable House: House Society Models in Archaeology, Robin A. Beck, ed. Occasional Paper No. 35, Center for Archaeological Investigations. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University, pp. 175-197.

 
 

LaViolette, Adria and Jeffrey Fleisher (2005). The Archaeology of African Cities and their Countrysides. In African Archaeology: A Critical Introduction, Ann B. Stahl, ed. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 327-352.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey (2004). Behind the Sultan of Kilwa’s ‘Rebellious Conduct’: Local Perspectives on an International East African Town. In African Historical Archaeologies, Andrew Reid and Paul Lane, eds. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum, pp. 91-123.

 
 Book reviews
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey "Review of Timothy Insoll. Material explorations in African archaeology." Antiquity, 91 (2017) : 552-553.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Review of Population and ceramic traditions: revisiting the Tana Ware of coastal Kenya (7th-14th century AD)." Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, 52(3) (2017) : 430-2.

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey; "Review of The Never-Ending Feast: The Anthropology and Archaeology of Feasting by Kaori O’Conner.." Journal of Anthropological Research, 72 (2016)

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey. (2010).  Review of Early Sate Formation in Central Madagascar: An Archaeological Survey of Western Avaradrano edited by Henry Wright. American Antiquity 74(2):411-2

 
 

Review of Historical Archaeologies of Nineteenth-Century Colonial Tanzania: A Comparative Study by Daniel Rhodes.  International Journal of African Historical Studies.  

 
 

Fleisher, Jeffrey (2007) Review of West African Early Towns: Archaeology of Households in Urban Landscapes by Augustin Holl. Journal of African Archaeology 5(2):339-342.

 
 Refereed conference papers
 

Babalola, Abidemi Babatunde and Jeffrey Fleisher.  Local Ceramics from Songo Mnara, Tanzania.  Proceedings of the 13th Congress of the PanAfrican Association for Prehistory and Related Fields.  Dakar: IFAN Cheikh Anta Diop.

 
Presentations
 Invited Papers
 

"The gathering of Swahili religious practice:  Composing towns and mosques of sea and spirits.  School for Advanced Research Seminar:  Exploring the Religious Experiences of Ancient Cities.  Santa Fe, NM, April 24-28.." (April 25)

 
 

Ceramics and the Early Swahili: Deconstructing Tana Ware.  Eastern and Southern African Pottery Workshop, Uppsala University, Sweden, April 1, 2011 (with S. Wynne-Jones).

 
 

Swahili Open Spaces and Town Planning on the Southern Tanzanian Coast.  Dunia na Nchi Moja: Tanzania and the World, Rice and Texas Southern Universities, Houston, Oct. 14.

 
 

"Ceramics and Society on the East African Coast.." Biennial Meeting of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists, Dakar, Senegal. (November) With Stephanie Wynne-Jones

 
 

"Evocative Space and Ritual Practice: Emotional Communities on the East African Swahili Coast.." Affect in Africa: Assessing the Place of Emotions in African Studies, Rice University. (October 9)

 
 

"Open Spaces and Private Places: Songo Mnara in the Indian Ocean World

 ." University College London. (March 11, 2010) With Stephanie Wynne-Jones

 
 

"Retaining the Ancestors: Architectural Conservation and Community Archaeology at Songo Mnara, Tanzania.." Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, LA. (November) With Stephanie Wynne-Jones

 
 

"Beyond/Before Trade and Politics on the East African Coast: Daily Life at Tumbe on Pemba Island, Tanzania, AD 600-950." Global Geographies: the Indian Ocean in Historical Perspective, , Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, London. (October 31) With Adria LaViolette

 
 

"Open Spaces and Private Places: Songo Mnara in the Indian Ocean World." Opening of Global Institute, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway. (October 16)

 
 

"Swahili Urban Spaces of the East African Coast (with Stephanie Wynne-Jones).. ." Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology , Atlanta. (April)

 
 

"Understanding Swahili Urbanism through Regional Archaeological Study in Northern Pemba, Tanzania." Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, New York, NY. (October 2007) With Adria LaViolette

 
 Invited Talks
 

Ancient Town Planning at Songo Mnara, Tanzania.  WMF/UDSM Heritage Management Workshop on the Kilwa Region, Kilwa Masoko, Tanzania, June 28-29.

 
 

Becoming Human: Debates on the Origins of Cultural Modernity.  Houston Museum of Natural Science and Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Rice University.  November 6, Houston.

 
 

Reinvestigating the connection between the Early Tana Tradition and the early Swahili:  Pottery, interaction spheres, and identity.  East Africa and the Indian Ocean World: A European Research Council Funded Workshop.  March 22-23, Oxford, UK (with S. Wynne-Jones).

 
 

The Early Swahili Trade Village of Tumbe, Pemba Island, Tanzania, AD 600-950.  Dimensions of the Indian Ocean World Past: Sources and Opportunities for Indian Ocean World History, 9th-19th Centuries.  November 12-14, Fremantle, Western Australia.

 
 

Spatial Conceptions on the Ancient Swahili Coast. Thinking Across the African Past Conference, Rice University, March 12.

 
 

Swahili Urban Space in the Kilwa Archipelago: Songo Mnara in the 14th - 15th centuries.  Séminaire ‘Les mondes de l’océan Indien,’ Université Paris 1 Sorbonne, Paris, November 10 (with S. Wynne-Jones).

 
 

"Producing Memory at 15th- to 16th-century Songo Mnara, Tanzania.." Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. (November 8)

 
 

"The Archaeology of the Ancient Swahili: Trade, Islam, and the Indian Ocean World., ." Archaeological Institute of America, Toledo Museum of Art, OH. (October 22.)

 
 

"Ancient Urbanism in Africa: Past Approaches and Future Prospects." Urbanities in Africa Conference, Institut f¿r Afrikanische Sprachwissenschaften, Universit¿t Frankfurt,, October, Frankfurt, Germany. (October 2008)

 
 

"The Future of the Swahili Past." Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Chicago. (November 2008)

 
 

"The Politics of Feasting on the Eastern African Coast, AD 700-1500 ." Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, BC. (March 2008)

 
 Lectures
 

Open Space, Commemoration, and Urban Planning at Songo Mnara, Tanzania.  Invited paper as part of “Monumental architecture in sub-Saharan Africa: Diverse forms, purposes, and contexts.”  Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archaeology, Memphis, TN, April.

 
 

The Digital Reconstruction of Songo Mnara, Tanzania. Biennial Meeting of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists, Toronto, June.

 
 

Spaces of Power, Purity, and Protection: A History of Swahili Urban Settlements.  Richard A. Lobban Family Endowed Lecture, Archaeological Institute of America, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, April 11.

 
 

"Daily Practice in Early East African Coastal Houses: Two Burned 7th-9th-century Houses from Pemba Island, Tanzania." Biennial Meeting of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists, Frankfurt, Germany. (September 2008)

 
 Panelist
 

"Exhibiting ‘Lucy’: Bones of Contention at the Houston Museum of Natural Science." Rice University, Houston, TX. (September 2007)

 
 Session Chair
 

"Between Mosque and House:  An Archaeology of Swahili Open Space.." Biennial Meeting of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists. , Dakar, Senegal. (November)

 
 

"Theoretical Relocations: From Postprocessual to Processual and Beyond in the Archaeology of the Swahili.

 ." Theoretical Archaeology Group meetings, Brown University, Providence, RI. (April)

 
 

"Archaeologies of Anxiety: The Materiality of Anxiousness and Worry." Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Atlanta. (April 23)

 
 Workshops
 

"Open Spaces and Private Places: Archaeological Research at the 15th-16th-century site of Songo Mnara, Tanzania.." Conceiving African Identities: A Workshop Honoring E.S. Atieno Odhiambo , Rice University. (June 4)

 
Editorial Positions
 Editor for Special Issue, African Archaeological Review. Springer. (2012 - 2012)

 Member of the Editorial Board, SpringerBriefs in Archaeology: Contributions from Africa. Springer. (2012 - 2017)

 Member of the Editorial Board, African Archaeological Review. Springer. (2008 - 2017)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage. (2017 - 2017)

 Other, National Science Foundation. (2010 - 2017)

 Other, Journal of Social Archaeology. (2009 - 2010)

 Other, National Science Foundation, Archaeology. (2009 - 2009)

 Other, American Antiquity. (2008 - 2008)

 Other, Journal of African Archaeology. (2008 - 2008)

 Other, Springer. (2008 - 2008)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Tsholo Dichaba, MA Cultural Landscapes in the Moremi Conservation Area. (2008) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Michelle Morrison, Ph. D. in Linguistics A Reference Grammar of Kibena. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Mamadou Cisse, Ph. D. Archaeological Research at Gao, Mali. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Brian Clark, Ph. D. Archaeological Investigations at Genta Mariam, Ethiopia. (Thesis Committee Member)

 Erik Behr, Ph.D. in Music Oboe Concertos from the Cape of Africa: A Biographical and Analytical Perspective. (Thesis Committee Member)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Sarah A. Burnett Teaching Prize in the Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences (May 2017)

 Gateway Recognition Award, School of Social Sciences, Rice University (2015)

 Charles Duncan Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Rice University (2014)

 The complex use of open, public space at Songo Mnara, a medieval Swahili city in Tanzania, Kinder Institute for Urban Research (June 2012)

 Collaborative Research Fellow, Humanities Research Center, Rice University (May 2011)

Positions Held
 Coordinator, Digital Visualization of Historic Cities Workshop, Humanities Research Center. (2012 - 2012)