2015 James Deetz Book Award, Society for Historical Archaeology
“The African Burial Ground in the Age of Revolution.” In Tales of Gotham,
Historical Archaeology, Ethnohistory and Microhistory of New York City.
2011 John L. Cotter Award, Society for Historical Archaeology
2016 “Secrets Well-Kept: Colored Conventioneers and Underground Railroad Activism,” Colored Conventions Project,
University of Delaware. Under Contract, UNC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNhniwl8hVM
2014 Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad: The Geography of Resistance
University of Illinois Press, January 2014. Harriet Tubman
"As Above, So Below": Ritual And Commemoration in African American Archaeological
Contexts in the Northern United States.” In Materialities, Meanings, And Modernities Of
Rituals In The Black Atlantic, edited by Akin Ogundiran and Paula Saunders, University of
Indiana Press. Winner of the 2015 James Deetz Book Award, Society fo Historical Archaeology.
Choice Outstanding Academic Titles for 2015
2013 “Coerced But Not Subdued: Women’s Gendered Resistance to Slavery.” In Gendered Resistance,
edited by Mary Frederickson and Delores Walters, University of Illinois Press, University of Illinois.
2013 “The African Burial Ground in the Age of Revolution.” In Tales of Gotham, Historical Archaeology,
Ethnohistory and Microhistory of New York City. 2015 Winner, James Deetz Book Award, Society for
2012 “The Anthropology of Archaeology: The Benefits of Public Intervention at African American
Archaeological Sites.” In The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology, edited by John Carman, Carol
McDavid and Robin Skeates. Oxford University Press.
2011 Archaeology, the Activist Community, and the Redistribution of Power in New York City .
In Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress, Vol. 7.
2010 “The Balance Principle: Slavery, Freedom and the Geography of Statehood”
in Cabin, Quarter, Plantation: Architecture and Landscapes of North American Slavery, Yale University.
2009 Lead author and Cultural Landscape Consultant, Harriet Tubman Special Resource Study:
Environmental Assessment, National Park Service, Northeast Region, Department of the Interior. http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=213&projectId=11008&documentID=25141
2009 Volume IV. Conservation of Materials from the African Burial Ground and the Non-Mortuary
Contexts. Prepared for Jacobs Edwards and Kelcey and the U. S. General Services Administration.
2008 Introduction to Color in Freedom: Journey Along the Underground Railroad (Joseph Holston
exhibition catalogue) Pomegranete Press for the University of Maryland University College.
2008 “William Paul Quinn” The National African-American National Biography,
Oxford University Press (co-author).
2007 “Public History at Sites of Protest: Citizenship on the President’s House Viewing Platform.” Cross Ties: Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, Fall 2007.
2007 Resistance to Slavery in Maryland: Strategies for Freedom, Special History Study for Organization of American Historians, National Park Service, Northeast Region, U. S. Department of Interior.
2005 “The Archaeology of Black Americans in Recent Times” (Co-author with Mark Leone). Annual Review of Anthropology. Vol. 34: 575-598.
2001 “Material Culture”: Conservation and Analysis of Textiles Recovered from Five Points.
(Co-author with Gary McGowan) Journal of the Society for Historical Archaeology, 35(3): 65-75.
2000 Tales of Five Points: Working-Class Life in Nineteenth-Century New York. Volume V
Conservation of Materials from The Courthouse Block. (Co-author) John Milner Assoc., Inc. for Edwards
and Kelcey Engineers, Inc. and the GSA.
2000 Tales of Five Points: Working-Class Life in Nineteenth-Century New York. Volume II
An Interpretive Approach to Understanding Working-Class Life. (Contributor) John Milner Associates, Inc. for Edwards and Kelcey Engineers, Inc. and the General Services Administration.
1997 “Seizing Intellectual Power: The Dialogue at the New York African Burial Ground”
(Co-author with Michael Blakey) Journal of the Society for Historical Archaeology, 31(3): 84-106. http://www.scribd.com/doc/92146820/La-Roche-and-Blakey-1997-Seizing-Intellectual-Power-the-Dialogue-at-the-
1995 The Ethical Dilemma Facing Conservation: Care and Treatment of Human Skeletal Remains and Mortuary Objects, (Co-author with Gary McGowan) Journal of the American Institute for Conservation,
Vol. 35, No. 2 (Summer, 1996), pp. 109-121.
1995 “Beads from the African Burial Ground: A Preliminary Assessment.”
Beads: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers, 6: 3-20.
2016-present Principal Investigator, Hampton Ethnographic Overview and Assessment Project
Hampton National Historic Site, Towson, MD, National Park Service
2017-2019 Principal Investigator, Ethnohistory of the President's House Site
National Park Service, Northeast Region
2014 The Search for Josiah Henson.
Time Team America. PBS. August.
2013-2014 Project Historian, Cultural Expressions Exhibition,
National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. Opening 2016.
2012-2013 Consultant, Josiah Henson Park, Montgomery County Parks and Planning.
2012 Consultant, Harriet Tubman By-Way Tour, Riggs Ward Design.
2011-2012 Consultant, Woodlawn Barn Project ,
Underground Railroad Experience Montgomery County Parks and Planning.
2009 Contributor and Cultural Landscape Consultant, Harriet Tubman Special Resource Study: Environmental Assessment, National Park Service, Northeast Region, Department of the Interior. http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=213&projectId=11008&documentID=25141
2007-2008 Cultural Heritage Specialist, Slavery and Freedom at the President’s House Archaeological Site (George Washington’s Executive Mansion), Philadelphia URS Group Inc., . http://video.whyy.org/video/1366127827/
2007-2008 Consultant, “Audacious Freedom” Exhibit, African American Museum of Philadelphia.
2007-2008 Consultant, Riley Farm/Josiah Henson Cabin Site, Montgomery County Maryland, John Milner Associates. http://www.innercity.org/columbiaheights/newspaper/articles_1995_1997/cabin.html http://dc.about.com/od/historichomes/a/UncleTomsCabin.htm
2005-2006 Historical and archaeological consultant. Museum of African American History and Center for Culture and Environmental History, University of Massachusetts Boston.
Collaborating on research design for the African Meeting House data recovery proposal and archaeological interpretation of cultural materials.
2004-2006 Peer Reviewer, AKRF, Inc. Environmental and Planning Consultants, New York City.
Reviewed Scope of Research, Comments and Responses to Draft Research Report for potential Underground Railroad site, Duffield Street, Brooklyn, NY.
2004 Advisor, African Burial Ground Memorial, Conservation/Landscape/Engineering African Burial Ground Technical
Assistance Project, National Park Service.
2004 Historical Consultant, Joseph Holston Underground Railroad Art Project, University of Maryland University College.
2001 Historical Consultant, United States National Forest, Shawnee National Forest Service. http://www.passportintime.com/summaries/99/il99a_millerg.html
1992-1999 Archaeological Conservator, John Milner Associates
Conserved artifacts from the African Burial Ground and Five Points Projects. Assisted in the assessment, packing and transportation of the human skeletal remains to Howard University, Washington, D.C.
1997-1999 Archaeological Conservator, Cultural Preservation and Restoration
Assessed, stabilized and conserved sculpted faces from a possible Underground Railroad site, Syracuse, NY.
1995-1998 Bead consultant, Henrietta Marie Slave Ship Archeology Project, Key West, FL.
2014-15 Shockoe Bottom Preservation Group
2011-present Advisory Board, Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, Maryland State Archives.
2010-2016 Board Member, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD.
2002-present Tolson’s Chapel Advisory Board, Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Inc.,
2007-2013 Vice Chair, Commission on African American History and Culture, State of Maryland.
2006 “Determining What’s Important,” Preserve America Summit, National Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, New Orleans. Oct 18-20.
1998-present Advisory Board Member, Seneca Village Archaeology Project, New York Historical Society, NY.