ProfessorImage of Sarah Surface-Evans
Anspach Hall 138
(989) 774-1935


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2009
  • M.A., Michigan State University, 2004
  • B.A., Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, 2000

Areas of Teaching Expertise

  • North American and Great Lakes Archaeology
  • Cultural Resource Management Law and Practice
  • Archaeological Methods and Community-Based Practice

Research Interests

  • North American archaeology, specialization in the Eastern Woodlands and Great Lakes
  • Community-based initiatives for historic preservation & public heritage education
  • Geophysical prospecting techniques, utilizing non-invasive & culturally sensitive methods
  • Cultural Landscape studies including Geographic Information

Selected Publications

  • Surface-Evans, Sarah, A. E. Garrison, and Kisha Supernant (editors). 2020. Blurring TimeScapes, Subverting Erasure: Remembering Ghosts on the Margins of History. Berghahn Books.
  • Surface-Evans, Sarah. 2020. Traumascapes: Progress and the Erasure of the Past. In Blurring TimeScapes, Subverting Erasure: Remembering Ghosts on the Margins of History, S. Surface-Evans, A. E. Garrison, and Kisha Supernant (editors). Berghahn Books.
  • Surface-Evans, Sarah. 2020. "I could feel your heart": The Transformative and Collaborative Power of Heartfelt Thinking in Archaeology. In Archaeologies of the Heart and Emotional Archaeologies, edited by Kisha Supernant, Natasha Lyons, Jane Eva Baxter, and Sonya Atalay, Springer Press.
  • Surface-Evans, Sarah and Sarah J. Jones. 2020. Discourses of the Haunted: An Intersubjective Approach to Archaeology at the Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School. Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, Special Issue edited by Tiffany Cain and Teresa Raczek.
  • Surface-Evans, Sarah. 2016. Landscapes of Assimilation & Resistance: A Spatial Analysis of the Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School. In Colonial Institutions: uses, subversions, and material afterlives, edited by Laura McAtackney and Russell Palmer. Special Edition of the International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 20(3).
  • Surface-Evans, Sarah. 2015. Archaeological investigations of the barn structure at McGulpin Point Lighthouse (20Em140). Michigan Archaeologist. Volume 55; 1-74.
  • Surface-Evans, Sarah. 2015. Micro-Landscape Features and Human Settlement in the Kankakee Marsh Region of Northwestern Indiana. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology. Vol. 40 No. 2, Summer, 2015, 166-189.
  • White, Devin and Sarah Surface-Evans (editors). 2012. Least Cost Analysis of Social Landscapes: Archaeological Case Studies. University of Utah Press.
  • Surface-Evans, Sarah and Misty Jackson. 2012. Feminine Voices in Archaeology: Promoting Community, Collaboration, and Mentoring. The SAA Archaeological Record. Volume 12(1):22-25.
  • Surface-Evans, Sarah. 2010. Sustainable Forestry and Archaeology: A Case Study for GIScience Aiding Land Use Planning in Michigan. Michigan Archaeologist, Omnibus Issue (2004-2006), Volumes 50-52.

Recent Grants/Contracts

  • Archaeological Research at the Fort Gratiot Light Station, contract with St. Clair County Parks & Recreation Commission, 2019-2020, $11,605.18
  • Ground Penetrating radar Survey for the Kewadin Indian Mission Church Cemetery, contract with the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa and Andrews Cultural Resources, May 2018 – December 2018, $2,696.71
  • Archaeological Research at 40 Mile Point Light Station, contract with Presque Isle County and the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society, 2015-2016
  • Cultural Resource Management Project at McGulpin Lighthouse and Northern Emmet County, 2013, contract with Emmet County, (Jay Martin, co-PI), 2013-2014
  • Heritage Village Phase I, Emmet County, MI: 2012, contract with the Mackinaw Area Historical Society and Village of Mackinaw City, 2012​