About Us

The WAC Student Committee (WACSC) aims to provide representation for all student members within WAC, through which student participation in international academic debate and practice can be fostered and developed. The WACSC considers student participation to be important as it is an opportunity to network and share research interests with other student and professional members of WAC.


The Student Committee seeks to achieve its aim by:

  1. Encouraging student membership from different regions around the world;
  2. Liaising between students and other WAC members at Congresses and other WAC events;
  3. Establishing a network of communication and debate amongst student members of WAC and the wider WAC community;
  4. Encouraging and organising student participation in academic events within and outside WAC;
  5. Advocating for financial support for students in relation to their participation in academic events organised by WAC.

Members of the WACSC are: Odunyemi Oluseyi Agbelusi (Nigeria and Qatar); Marian Bailey (Australia); Leandro Matthews Cascon (Brazil); Fatmeh Darawad (Jordan); Erin A. Hogg (Canada); José A. Mármol Martínez (Spain); Gonzalo Linares Matás (United Kingdom and Spain); Hannah Quaintance (USA); Courtney Singleton (USA); Nupur Tiwari (India).

Chair of WACSC: Courtney Singleton (USA)
Vice-Chair of WACSC: Odunyemi Oluseyi Agbelusi (Nigeria and Qatar)
Student Representative to the WAC Executive: Jacqueline Matthews (Australia)

To contact the WACSC, write to wacstudentcommittee@gmail.com

The WACSC manages the following social media pages:
The WAC Students Forum (on Facebook)
WACSC Facebook page
WACSC Twitter account


History of the WACSC

The WACSC was established and announced in June 2006, after encouragement from Peter Ukco and the work of Stephanie Moser, Chris Wilson, Ines Domingo, Tim Ormsby, Margaret Rika-Heke, Sven Ouzman, and Edith Thomas. The committee was subsequently made an official WAC Standing Committee in August 2006. The first official meeting of the WACSC was held during WAC-6 in Dublin in 2008.

At the WAC Assembly meeting during WAC-6 (1 and 3 July 2008), the position of the Student Representative on the WAC Executive Committee (the governing body of WAC) was officially institutionalised. The current Student Representative to the Executive Committee is Maria Florencia Becerra.

The WACSC members present at WAC-6 proposed a resolution concerning International Field Schools, which was successfully adopted at the WAC-6 plenary session on 4 July 2008.


WACSC Activities

WAC Student Writing and Poster Competitions
In 2010, the WACSC established the WAC Student Writing Competition run annually, and the WAC Student Poster Competition run at each WAC congress (click for details).

Sponsored Sessions at WAC Congresses
The WACSC works to support student professional development and stimulate discussion about students’ roles in the discipline by sponsoring sessions at WAC Congresses and Inter-Congresses. So far, we have sponsored the following sessions (listed in chronological order):

  • “(Re) Defining Archaeology: Emerging Perspectives from International Student Research” at the WAC Jamaica Inter-Congress, May 2007
  • “Students as Contributors, Collaborators, Scholars” at WAC-7 in Jordan, January 2013
  • WACSC Forum on Careers in International Heritage” at WAC-8 in Japan, August/September 2016

Coordinating Volunteers at WAC Congresses
Starting with WAC-6 in Ireland, WACSC has coordinated student volunteers under the supervision of the Congress Organizing Committees. The help provided by student volunteers helped make WAC-6, WAC-7 and WAC-8 successful, and in return, they were given assistance to attend the congress. During WAC-6, 14 student volunteers from 6 countries gave their time; during WAC-7, 54 volunteers from many more countries participated; and for WAC-8 17 students from 10 countries assisted as volunteers. WACSC aims to continue to support and organize student volunteers for each WAC congress so that more students can attend and contribute to these events.


WAC Student Committee Statutes

At WAC-6, we held our first official meeting with WAC student members. At this meeting we discussed the draft statutes of the WACSC, these were later amended and formally adopted. This document describes how WACSC business is conducted, including the election and organization of members. Click here to view a PDF copy of the statutes.


WACSC members

Odunyemi Oluseyi Agbelusi (Nigeria and Qatar) – Vice-Chair

I am a Nigerian national currently based in Qatar. I recently graduated from the MSc Conservation Studies Programme at University College London, in Qatar (UCL Qatar Campus) and I hold a B.A. in Archaeology from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. My research interests include historical archaeology; archaeology pedagogy; conservation of archaeological materials, sites and monuments; collections care management; and cultural heritage law. My region of interest is Western Africa where I have engaged in numerous archaeological and conservation projects. I am in the process of pursuing a Ph.D. in Archaeology focusing on early state formation, social complexity, cultural transformations, urbanism, material culture, power and politics in West Africa. Presently, I am volunteering on the Saving Antiquities for Everyone (SAFE) Education Tool Kit Project – an initiative to create a public database on Cultural Heritage Lesson Plans for Elementary, Middle and High School students in the United States of America. We plan to modify and translate these lesson plans to suit the curricula of other countries in the nearest future. I am also collaborating with some colleagues, to create a profile for Nigeria on the SAFE website.

Marian Bailey (Australia)

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Western Australia. I am currently undertaking my MA in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management, specialising in geochemistry and geophysics at Flinders University.

I am particularly interested in applying these techniques in cultural landscapes, and in community based archaeology. One area that I hope to become more involved in, is using isotopes to aid in the repatriation of Indigenous Australian remains to their proper country. After decades of storage in museum collections it is often no longer known where they were stolen from, so I’m hoping to help change that. Currently I am researching mobility, seasonal migration and subsistence behaviours of Neanderthals and their prey through a range of geochemical techniques, and it is a huge amount of fun!

Leandro Matthews Cascon (Brazil)

I am a PhD student in Archaeology at the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, University of São Paulo, Brazil. My thesis research is an attempt to discuss cultivated plant use in the recent history and diaspora of indigenous populations of the Xingu River, Eastern Amazon, through a combination of ethnoarchaeological fieldwork and archaeobotanical analysis. Besides working in Brazilian Amazon, I participate in a binational archaeological program in the Northern region of Peru. I am a staff member of the current board (2016-2017) of the Brazilian Archaeological Society (SAB), in the committee for new memberships.

Fatmeh Darawad (Jordan)

I have finished my Master degree in Archaeology of ancient Arab civilizations program in August 2016 at Hashemite university. My thesis is about ” Umayyad cultural heritage significance in Jordan and the issues of developing touristic routes: Assessment and Recommendations”. I’ve got my B.A. certificate in tourism guidance from Hashemite University too in 2013.  I am working as a program leader for psycho-social care program for children in Za’atari camp (Syrian refugee camp).

Erin A. Hogg (Canada)

I am a Ph.D. candidate at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. My dissertation focuses on the use of archaeology in Indigenous land claim cases, studying the history of evidentiary standards required to prove Aboriginal title and how archaeological data and methods have been used in the courts. I hold an M.A. from Simon Fraser, where I examined how archaeologists and descendant communities, especially Indigenous communities, are working together in British Columbia. My B.A. is from the University of British Columbia, where my training in anthropology and archaeology first honed my interests in community engagement in archaeology, the evolution of cultural heritage policy, and heritage resource management training, practice, and ethics.

José A. Mármol Martínez (Spain)

I’m PhD student interested on art-archaeology, creativity, ethnography and archaeological theory and method. In a wider sense, I work with archaeology of Contemporary Past (XIX-XX centuries), Public archaeology (new Heritages, street art, education and didactics of Archaeology), and in the past I have worked about archaeology of Death, Islamic, Neolithic, and Japanese archaeology, image and representation, and local archaeological studies to recover forgotten Heritages. In addition to this, I have done several visual ethnographies and documentaries. Also, artworks as artist among other things. I like debate, intangible aspects of culture, the processes of creation of knowledge and the study of archaeological practice. I have been participant at several excavations all over the world from Spain, Portugal, UK to Israel or Japan; and I like to learn about international Archaeology in practice, attending meetings and applying new methods and theories in a creative way. These are some of my interests as WACSC member.

Gonzalo Linares Matás (United Kingdom and Spain)

I am a third-year undergraduate student reading Archaeology & Anthropology at St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford (UK). Born and raised in Spain, I am particularly interested in the socio-political contexts of heritage management and ownership, contemporary archaeological theory, the histories of archaeology and anthropology as both practical modes of inquiry and academic disciplines, and the socio-economic dimensions of early bone technology. As the founder and Executive Editor of the International Journal of Student Research in Archaeology, I am also very interested in the academic publishing landscape.

Hannah Quaintance (USA)

I am currently a PhD student at the University at Buffalo, SUNY (UB) in Buffalo, New York. I also received my MA in Archaeology from UB in May 2016. With a B.A. in cultural studies and fine arts from The Evergreen State College, I entered graduate school with experience in interdisciplinary education and an appreciation for the benefits of collaborative learning. These educational values have guided my research interests in collaborative museology and the relevance of objects from the past to conversations of heritage and identity in the present. Currently, my research is focused on the development of community-museum partnerships and alternatives to the traditional uses of museum collections. Investigating the ways that archaeologists, museum professionals, and descendant communities navigate these partnerships in both small, local museums and in larger, mainstream institutions, I have continued to study the ways that knowledge can be co-produced.

Courtney Singleton (USA) – Chair
As a PhD student at Columbia University, my research currently focuses on the contemporary archaeology of homelessness in urban environments. I received my Masters in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland in 2012, where I conducted collaborative archaeological research with homeless residents at the Davidson Street Bridge Encampment in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2010, I received an undergraduate degree in anthropology and geography at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI). Throughout my undergraduate training at IUPUI, my research and academic work focused on post-contact urban archaeology addressing social justice issues surrounding race and class. Collaboration, relationships between local and global perspectives, and activism are at the center of my archaeological research interests.

Nupur Tiwari (India)

Currently I am based in Mohali, Punjab as I am enrolled in the PhD programme (3rd year) at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research. I did my graduation in History (Hons.) From University of Delhi, Masters degree in Archaeology and Heritage Management from Indraprastha University, Delhi, and Post Graduate Diploma in Indian Archaeology from JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University, Udaipur, Rajasthan. I also hold a bachelor’s degree in Education (B.Ed) from Kurukshetra University, Haryana.

I have worked in various archaeological research projects, participated in excavations and explorations, worked as a gallery guide at national children’s museum and in cultural education sector with an organization named FLOW India before getting into PhD program. I am mainly interested in prehistoric archaeology and palaeoanthropology. This lead me to pursue My PhD research on Microlithic technologies and landscape adaptations in Central Narmada Basin, Madhya Pradesh. I’ll be tracing the modern human activities in this area by understanding the lithic technology, landscape movement, resource exploitation and population dynamics. Apart from that, I am also interested in rock art and symbolic behavior, museum studies, traditional knowledge systems and temple architecture.