Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: 118 Piccolo Building
Dr. Scotti M. Norman (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2019) is an anthropological archaeologist investigating religious revitalization, Indigenous ritual, and the transformation of gender ideologies through the Inka Empire (1450-1532 CE) and Early Spanish Colonial Era (1532-1570s). She investigates how colonized and often understudied groups—Indigenous and African individuals and women, specifically—created spaces of influence and resilience for themselves and their communities in alternative (anti-Catholic) religious movements. Her dissertation research is the first archaeological study of Taki Onqoy (Quechua: “dancing/singing sickness”), a well-known religious revitalization movement that took place in highland Peru in the 1560s.
Dr. Norman’s current research interweaves archaeology, history, and spatial analysis to compare the participation of women in revitalizations and rebellions in colonial North, Central, and South America. This research unites these areas and addresses two themes: 1) how women invoked both Spanish and Native practices to access religious and political spheres and 2) how spirit possession allowed individuals to become powerful priests or shamans. Her work has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, and National Science Foundation and she has published in a variety of journals including the International Journal for Historical Archaeology and American Anthropologist.