LisaMarie Malischke
Ph.D., RPA
Assistant Professor
Zurn 66

Higher Education

Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Alabama, Fort St. Pierre Archaeological Project

M.A. in Anthropology, Western Michigan University, Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project

Graduate Certificate in Ethnohistory, Western Michigan University

B.S. in Botany, University of Iowa

Research Interests

French and Native colonial interactions in the 17th and 18th centuries, Public Archaeology, French colonial military settlements, Pre-Removal Native peoples and settlements—especially Creek peoples, Ethnohistory, Farmstead archaeology, Pan-regional archaeology (Great Lakes, American Bottom, Southeast).


Public Archaeology, Education, and Outreach for Fort St. Pierre’s (1719-1729) Tricentennial Celebration Through Commemoration Events (2017-2023), Vicksburg, Mississippi
Fort Tombecbe (1736-1797, Epes, Alabama) Artifact Analysis Project, Erie, Pennsylvania
Fort Le Boeuf (1753-1763) Public Archaeology Partnership, Waterford, Pennsylvania
Professional connections to Fort St. Joseph (1691-1781) in Niles, Michigan; Old Mobile (1702-1711) and Fort Toulouse (1717-1763+) in Alabama; Fort Ouiatenon (1717-1763) in West Lafayette, Indiana; and Fort Rosalie (1716-1729, 1730-1804) in Natchez, Mississippi.
Additional projects include the Bill Rocky Project, a 19th and 20th Century archaeological farmstead site in Pennsylvania; and the curation of legacy artifact collections affiliated with the historical archaeology laboratory

Courses Taught

Analytical Laboratory Methods in Historical Archaeology Lecture and Lab (ANTH 238/239)

Archaeology Lecture and Lab (ANTH 130/131)

Archaeology Field Training (ANTH 226)

Collections & Curation Management (ANTH 233)

Cultures in Contact (ANTH 204)

Historical Archaeology (ANTH 205)

Public Archaeology (ANTH 223)      

Race, Biology, and Culture (ANTH 2##)      

Biographical Information

Dr. Malischke is a historical archaeologist with pan-regional training and field experience spanning the western Great Lakes, the Midwest, and the Southeast. Her research broadly focuses on French and Native colonial interactions in the 17th and 18th centuries especially in regards to daily life practices, shifting political powers, and the roles of women at military installations. Current publication research involves revisiting the excavated bead assemblage from Fort St. Joseph in Niles, Michigan, for a publication celebrating 20 years of site excavations; the pattern of grave good inclusions in French and Native burials in North America for a Bioarchaeology edited volume; and a chapter on French and Native interactions at Fort St. Pierre (Vicksburg, Mississippi) and the surrounding area for an international edited volume on ethnohistorical approaches to the past. Ongoing research projects include investigating gendered social relationships and kinship ties at Fort St. Joseph; the archaeological definition of French rosaries and rosary use; Mississippi River corridor historical assemblage comparisons through multivariate statistics; Fort St. Pierre artifact assemblage interpretation; and architectural changes over time at Fort St. Pierre.

Since starting at Mercyhurst University in August 2017, Dr. Malischke has worked on updating the Public Archaeology and Historical Archaeology Analytical Lab Methods courses, as well as creating new courses—Cultures in Contact; Collections & Curation Management; and Race, Biology, and Culture. Dr. Malischke is also working on creating curricula and parameters for a new Master’s in Public Archaeology degree program.

As a public archaeologist, Dr. Malischke offers a variety of projects for student involvement. The first project includes students envisioning, designing, planning, and executing public archaeology, education, and outreach for Fort St. Pierre’s Tricentennial Celebration Through Commemoration Events, currently being planned for the 2019 300th anniversary of the building of the first fort complex. This partnership will likely extend to include the 2023 300th anniversary of the building of the second fort complex, through to the 2029 commemoration of the 1729 mutual destruction of the French and Natives peoples of the Yazoo Bluffs region, a result of the Natchez Revolt. Current student projects, in conjunction with the Mercyhurst History and Art Departments, involve the creation of a logo for the project, updating the website, creating a virtual museum, initiating a public media campaign, creating Teachers’ Boxes for educators in the City of Vicksburg, creating a Fort St. Pierre Family Day outreach event, and contributing to a Fort St. Pierre Info Panels museum driving tour.

Other projects and research opportunities for students involve the Fort Tombecbe Artifact Analysis Project in partnership with the University of West Alabama; an extended partnership with the Fort Le Boeuf Museum and Site in Waterford, PA; and research, lab and field opportunities at Fort St. Joseph in Niles, Michigan, Fort Ouiatenon in Indiana, and at several regional archaeological sites. Students are involved in all aspects of these projects with final goals encompassing senior thesis projects, conference posters and presentations, and publications. 

Professional Memberships

Society for Historical Archaeology
Society for American Archaeology
American Society for Ethnohistory
Southeast Archaeological Conference
French Colonial Historical Society
Center for French Colonial Studies
Alabama Archaeological Society
Mississippi Archaeological Society
Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology
Association for Gravestone Studies