Katie Cottreau-Robins, archaeologist, slavery in British America, loyalism in British America, loyalist ideology and the cultural landscape
Nova Scotia Museum and Dalhousie University
Katie Cottreau Robins is the Curator of Archaeology for the Nova Scotia Museum and a PhD Candidate at Dalhousie University (Interdisciplinary PhD Program). Her recent research projects are mainly in the fields of historical and landscape archaeology and have focused on the urban archaeology of Halifax, public archaeology, the archaeology of the Black Loyalists, the archaeology of slavery, and Acadian and Planter settlement on the Grand Pre marsh lands (UNESCO application research team). As an interdisciplinary PhD candidate her dissertation work explores the life of Bridgadier General Timothy Ruggles, a prominent Loyalist from Hardwick, Massachusetts who arrived in Nova Scotia with family and slaves in 1784 to establish a farmstead in the Annapolis Valley. Originally an interdisciplinary study of slavery in post-Revolutionary Nova Scotia, her project has grown to include the many forms of labor used by Ruggles to help re-create the successful Loyalist formula that positioned him so prominently on the Massachusetts political, military, and agricultural landscape. Her most recent academic paper titled “Slavery and the Architecture of Labor in Loyalist Era Nova Scotia,” was presented at the Atlantic Canada Studies Conference at UPEI this past spring.
Thesis supervisor: Dr. Jerry Bannister