Dan Hicks MA (Oxon), Ph.D. (Bristol), MCIfA, FSA
Dan Hicks is Associate Professor in the School of Archaeology, Curator of Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum, and a Fellow of St Cross College. He is also Lecturer in Archaeology and Anthropology at St John's College, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA) and a full Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA). Dan is a member of the AHRC Peer Review Council and an elected Trustee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He is the University of Oxford's Junior Proctor Elect for 2017-18.
Dan teaches a range of papers for the BA Archaeology and Anthropology, the BA History of Art and the MSt in Archaeology, including the Nature of Archaeological and Anthropological Enquiry, Urbanisation and Change in Complex Societies, Landscape and Ecology, Introduction to World Archaeology and a hands-on optional paper Understanding Museums and Collections. He supervises doctoral students in the fields of historical archaeology, material culture studies, and contemporary archaeology.
Dan worked for ten years in the UK commercial and local government archaeology sector, and held a lectureship at Bristol University for five years, before moving to his present position at Oxford in 2007. His research and teaching falls across three inter-connecting fields: 1) The archaeological study of the recent past (including historical archaeology and contemporary archaeology); 2) The theoretical and applied study of material culture in the humanities and social sciences
(including using museum collections to study the history of archaeology); and 3) the archaeology of the British landscape in comparative perspective (including changing conceptions of "heritage"). Current activities include leading a research programme re-discovering the earliest archaeological collections made by Augustus Pitt-Rivers (funded by Arts Council England and ESRC, in partnership with the British Museum). With modern historian William Whyte, he is the General Editor of a series, A Cultural History of Objects, for Bloomsbury Publishers.
From 2015, Dan directs the new AHRC Oxford University Museums Collaborative Doctoral Partnership