Susan Rowley

My research focuses on public archaeology, material culture studies, repatriation, intellectual property rights, access to cultural heritage and museums.

Susan Rowley is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and a curator at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia.  She holds a Ph.D. in archaeology from Cambridge University. She first travelled north in 1974 as a field assistant on an archaeological excavation in northern Baffin Island and was captivated by the people and the land. Sue has worked with Inuit elders on historical research and with Inuit youth on archaeology projects. She is currently working with First Nations communities in British Columbia. Since 2005 she has been the Museum of Anthropology’s member on the Steering Group of the Reciprocal Research Network ( In 2015 she was a member of the curatorial team for c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city and co-curated the exhibition at MOA.

Muntean, R., Hennessy, K., Antle, A., Matkin, B., Rowley, S., & Wilson, J. (2016). Design Interactions in ?elәwkw. Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems – DIS ’16. doi:10.1145/2901790.2901912

Muntean, R., Hennessy, K., Antle, A., Rowley, S., Wilson, J., Matkin, B. (2015)
ʔeləw̓k̓ʷ | Belongings: Tangible Interactions with Intangible Heritage. Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR Journal) Vol. 7(2): 59-69.

Rowley, Susan (2013) The Reciprocal Research Network: The Development Process.Museum Anthropology Review 7(1-2) Spring-Fall 2013:22-43.

Nicholas, George, Amy Roberts, David M. Schaepe, Joe Watkins, Lyn Leader-Elliot and Susan Rowley. 2011. “A Consideration of Theory, Principles and Practice in Collaborative Archaeology”. Archaeological Review From Cambridge 26(2)

Rowley, Susan and Kristin Hausler.2008 “The Journey Home: An experiment in proactive repatriation.” In Mille Gabriel and Jens Dhal (eds), Utimut – Past Heritage – Future Partnerships. International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), Copenhagen. pp. 200-212.

Hertzman, Emily,  Susan Rowley and David Anderson. 2008. ” Edutainment Heritage Tourist Attractions: A Portrait of Visitors’ Experiences at Storyeum “. Museum Management and Curatorship 23(2):155-75.

Bennett, John and Susan Rowley.(2004). Uqalurait: An oral history of Nunavut. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, (reprint 2005, paperback 2008).

Winter 2020

ANTH431C Museum Practice and Curatorship - MUS PRC&CURATRSH Sections

Management of museum collections and their public presentation, addressing questions of access, collaboration, and cultural property. The public interpretation of anthropological concepts and materials utilizing the programs and facilities of the Museum of Anthropology.