Lindsay M. Montgomery is an assistant professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Montgomery’s work draws on methods in ethnohistory and archaeology to investigate inter-ethnic interactions among indigenous communities in the American Southwest as well as how these communities negotiated and resisted Western colonialism. Her current research revolves around a multi-institutional collaborative research project with Picuris Pueblo in New Mexico. The project seeks to understand the nature and extent of Picuris’ role within the evolving economic networks of the northern Rio Grande between 1400–1750 CE.
While at Radcliffe, Montgomery is working on one of the first book-length monographs to investigate the social practices of mobile hunter-gatherers in the northern Rio Grande region of New Mexico. Using the notion of persistent places as a framework, this book will document the various ways that mobile communities have used, marked, and conceptualized the Rio Grande landscape from the archaic period (4,000 BCE–500 CE) into the 19th century.
Montgomery is the coauthor, alongside Chip Colwell, of Objects of Survivance: A Material History of the American Indian School Experience (University Press of Colorado, 2019), which investigates the history and legacy of Indian education across the American West. She has also published scholarly research in Advances in Archaeological Practice, the International Journal of Heritage Studies, and Museum Anthropology. Her research has been supported by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the National Geographic Society/Waitt Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Montgomery earned her PhD in anthropology at Stanford University.