Portrait Photograph of Sissel Schroeder

Sissel Schroeder


College of Letters & Science | Anthropology

Hometown: Wausau, WI

Sissel Schroeder received her PhD from The Pennsylvania State University and is currently a Professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is also an affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Center for Culture, History, and the Environment, the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, and the Material Culture Studies Program. Her current research is focused on issues of sociopolitical complexity, climate change impacts, and historical ecology among ancient Native American societies of the southeastern and midwestern United States.


Wisconsin’s First Peoples

Provides an overview of what is known about the distribution of the first peoples in Wisconsin some 12,000 years ago based on geospatial analysis.

Uncovering Ancient Aztalan

This talk describes an ongoing archaeological field research project at the site of Aztalan in Jefferson County, WI, that is focused on developing a better understanding of the internal organization of the site and reassessing historical narratives about the site and its occupation history.

From Wood to Watercraft: Dugout Canoes of Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Dugout Canoe Survey Project highlights the persistence of cultural traditions and technological ingenuity. It embodies the Wisconsin Idea by engaging local and national museums, historical societies, and tribal museums in this project that is documenting an important yet relatively rare form of material culture.