Dr. Crystal Dozier is an anthropological archaeologist with over a decade of experience. Dr. Dozier received her PhD and MA from Texas A&M University and her BA from the University of Chicago. Her work contends with political economy and social identity in the past, especially as embodied through foodways and cooking technologies. Dr. Dozier’s research explores nutrition, fermentation technology, feasting, and ancient diets using macro and micro-botanical techniques. Her work has garnered wide attention, as featured by  Smithsonian MagazineNational Geographic, Archaeology Magazine, and more. She directs the Archaeology of Food Laboratory, which provides resources for students to develop their own research projects. Dr. Dozier also serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Anthropology and City Archaeologist for the city of Wichita.


Academic Interests and Expertise

Archaeology of food, Feasting, Experimental Archaeology, Pre-Columbian Fermentation Technology, Gendered Archaeology, Mircro-botanical Analyses, Economic Anthropology, Reflective Teaching Methods in Anthropology




Dozier, Crystal A.

2023      Testing Circuits of Commerce in the Distant Past: Archaeological Understandings of Social Relationships and Economic Lives. In Living Better Together: Social Relations and Polycentricity in the Work of Ostrom and Zelizer, Virgil Storr and Stefanie Haeffele, eds. Pp: 77-99. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-17127-7_5


Dozier, Crystal A.  and Grace E. Tsai

2022      Experimental Recreation of 16th Century Wine: Palynological and Enological Characteristics. Archaeology of Food and Foodways 1(1): 16-33. DOI: 10.1558/aff.17752


Hoard, Robert J., Crystal A. Dozier, and Jennifer Banks*

2022      The Positive Side of Negative Results: Plant Microfossil Analysis of an Early Ceramic Vessel. Kansas Anthropologist 43: 7-10.


Dozier, Crystal A., Jennifer Banks*, Savannah A. Gann*, Elayne V. Howard*, and John G. Jones.

2021       “Phytolith Analysis and Ceramic Microfossil and Residue Analysis.” In Pueblo on the Plains: The Second Season of Investigations at the Merchant Site in Southeastern New Mexico, by Myles R. Miller, Tim B. Graves, Charles D. Frederick, Mark Willis, John D. Speth, J Philip Dering, Susan J. Smith, et al., 335–58. Versar Cultural Resources Report 872-EP. El Paso, Texas: Versar.


Dozier, Crystal A., Angelina G. Perrotti, and Elayne V. Howard*

2021       Effects of Acetolysis on Starch Granules. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 36. 102818. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2021.102818


Dozier, Crystal A. and Justin Jennings

2021       Identification of chicha de maiz in the Pre-Columbian Andes through Starch Analysis: New Experimental Evidence. In Andean Foodways: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Pre-Columbian, Colonial, Contemporary Food and Culture, J.E. Staller editor. Pp: 187-204. Springer Nature. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-51629-1_7


Dozier, Crystal A., Doyong Kim, and David H. Russell

2020      Chemical Evidence in Leon Plain pottery from the Toyah phase (1300-1650 CE) in the American Southern Plains. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 32: 102450. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102450


Haley, Cambria* and Crystal A. Dozier

2020     Preliminary Survey of the Eastern Half of 41UR30, the Boxed Spring Site. Caddo Archaeology Journal 30: 76-79. Open Access Online


Canterbury, Jacob A, Chase W. Beck, Crystal A. Dozier, Megan L. Greenfelder, Kristin Hoffmeister, Jude Magaro, Ali Mendha, Angelina Perotti, Casey Wayne Riggs, Anthony Taylor, Lori E. Wright.

2020     Bariatric Surgery as a Proxy for Nutritional Stress in Stable Isotope Investigations of Archaeological Populations. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 30: 102196. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102196


Dozier, Crystal A.

2020     Anthropological Archaeology and the Viennese Students of Civilization. Review of Austrian Economics 33(1): 219-235. DOI: 10.1007/s11138-019-00443-2


Sonderman, Elanor M., Crystal A. Dozier, and Morgan F. Smith

2019     Analysis of a coprolite from Conejo Shelter, Texas: Potential ritualistic Viperous snake consumption. Journal of Archaeological Science 25: 85-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2019.03.032


Dozier, Crystal A.

2019     Evidence for Feasting in the Southern Plains: Maintenance and Reinforcement of the Toyah Social Field, 1250-1650 AD. Plains Anthropologist 64(251): 275-299. DOI: 10.1080/00320447.2018.


Dozier, Crystal A.

2017     Teaching Anthropological Concepts of Race in Higher Education: Insights and Challenges at a Predominately White Institution. Teaching Anthropology 7(1): 15-33. DOI: 10.22582/ta.v7i1.458


Dozier, Crystal A.

2017     The Origins of Entrepreneurship and the Market Process: An Archaeological Assessment of Competitive Feasting, Trade, and Social Cooperation. In Interdisciplinary Studies of the Market Order: New Applications of Market Process Theory, P. Boettke, V. Storr, and C. Coyne, eds. Pp 113-137. London: Rowman and Littlefield International Ltd.


Dozier, Crystal A.

2016     Airborne starch dispersal from stone grinding: Experimental results and implications. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 8: 112-115. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.05.057


Dozier, Crystal A.

2016     Saccharomyces cerevisiae Fermentation Effects on Pollen: Archaeological Implications. Ethnobiology Letters 7(1): 32-37. DOI: 10.14237/ebl.7.1.2016.573



*student co-author

Awards and Honors

2022                      Young Faculty Scholar Award, Wichita State University

2019                       Tilford Diversity Fellow, Office of Academic Affairs, Wichita State University

Areas of Service

City Archaeologist, City of Wichita, Kansas (2019-present)

Graduate Coordinator, Department of Anthropology (2019-present) 

First Generation Coordinating Council, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Representative (2019-present)

Curriculum Committee, Society for American Archaeology (chair: 2020-2023; member 2015-2020)