Anthropologist Recognized for Scholarship, Teaching and Service
Dr. Mark Leone with the Department of Anthropology was named a 2019 Distinguished University Professor, the highest academic honor the University of Maryland confers upon faculty members.
Professor Leone has been a faculty member in anthropology at UMD since 1976 and has “an outstanding record for performing archaeology in Maryland, unearthing and answering questions related to race, labor and class,” said Paul Shackel, Chair of the Department of Anthropology.
Leone is well known among archaeologists, urban planners and landscape architects for the Archaeology in Annapolis program he has directed since 1981. Since 2000, he has also directed research on Maryland’s Eastern Shore at William Paca’s 1792 plantation on Wye Island, as well as at the Wye House Plantation, where Frederick Douglass was enslaved as a child.
Additionally, Leone is a widely published author of books and articles in top tier academic journals, and has instructed and mentored students spanning four decades.
“Professor Leone is deserving of the rank of Distinguished University Professor,” said Shackel. “He is a nationally and internationally renowned archaeologist whose scholarship and public engagement for the past 35 years has made him one of the defining forces in the development of historical archaeology.”