Curator of Archaeology
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Earlier communities of the northern mid-continent and western Great Lakes are Dr. O'Gorman's primary research interest. She has extensive field experience investigating a variety of social and environmental issues relating to communities over the past two thousand years. She has worked at the Victorian era community of Grafton, Illinois as seen through the use and abandonment of the Grafton Cemetery; the multi-ethnic site of Marquette Mission in St. Ignace, Michigan (ca. 1670 to 1720); a large Oneota (ca. A.D.1300-1600) longhouse community in southwestern Wisconsin; a riverside Late Woodland village; and various Middle and Late Woodland sites (ca. 50 B.C. to A.D. 900). Her most recent work examines a multi-ethnic community on the Illinois River to understand the high rate of pre-Columbian violence found at an associated cemetery. Working throughout her career in conjunction with museums and other research institutions, the care and use of archaeological collections has been of fundamental interest. She is currently in residence at the Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center while on a research leave during 2014/2015.
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 1996.
M.S., Minnesota State University, 1988