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Ruth Maher

Professor • Community and Social Justice Studies

Ruth A. Maher is Assistant Professor of archaeology at William Paterson University, where her research focuses on the Archaeology of the North Atlantic, Viking Archaeology and Mortuary Practices, Sustainability & Heritage Management, and Human Ecodynamics. Ruth is an active member of the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization (NABO), the Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance (GHEA), Integrated History and future of People on Earth (iHOPE) . Since 2009 she has been involved in the Gateway to the Atlantic Project in the Orkney Islands where she is using micro-scale GIS spatial analysis on archaeological sites and working on island-scale human-environment interactions. Some of her publications include, a co-authored book Human Ecodynamics in the North Atlantic: a Collaborative Model of Humans and Nature through Space and Time, a co-edited a special edition of Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, and other articles and presentations at conferences on Community Engagement and Heritage Management. Ruth currently runs an field school for American students in the Orkney Isles of Scotland and oversees museum internships.

Professional Interests

Human-Environment interactions through time, Heritage Management, Community Engagement, Modelling Environmental Change

Other Interests

Civic engagement, Field walking, Student engaged research projects,


PhD Anthropology, CUNY Graduate School New York, NY


North Atlantic Archaeology, Viking Archaeology, Long-Term Occupation sites, GIS, and Coastal regions

Notable Courses Taught

CRM & Community Engagement (UCC-5), Research Methods, Anthropological GIS, Viking Archaeology, Archaeological Field Methods, European Archaeology, Archaeology and Sustainability

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