About me

I was born in Jackson, Michigan, USA and grew up with a love of the outdoors, astronomy and natural history. When I was a teenager, my family moved to the Detroit suburbs and I moved to the city to complete my undergraduate work. I drove a truck for FedEx, played guitar for a reggae band, worked handyman jobs and managed an apartment building in Detroit to pay for school. I moved to Chicago in 1997 for graduate school. My wife and I have spent a lot of time in Kenya, including a 1-year stay in 2001 and many return trips.

My wife, Kristina, is a museum curator and professor who did her graduate research in Lamu. I have an 15-year old daughter, Nadya, and a 11-year old son, Thor. We now live in Oslo, Norway after living in South Korea for almost nine years.

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A full listing of my academic papers can be found on Academia.edu and ORCID. I am more than happy to email papers to individuals who cannot access them through their own academic institutions. Don’t let the paywall discourage you–contact me!

My full Curriculum Vitae: DKWright_CV


Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude)
Wayne State University (German and English)

Master of Arts
University of Illinois at Chicago/Field Museum (Anthropology)

University of Illinois at Chicago/Field Museum (Anthropology)


2005 – 2008: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Public Service Archaeology Program)

2008 – 2010: Gila River Indian Community (Cultural Resource Management Program)

2010 –  2019: Seoul National University (Department of Archaeology and Art History)

2019 – present: University of Oslo (Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History)


University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Geography
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences

Indiana University Northwest

  • Cultural Anthropology

Arizona State University

  • Advised graduate students

Seoul National University

University of Oslo

  • Fordypning i arkeometri (Scientific Approaches to Archaeology)
  • Archaeological field methods course
  • co-teach Migrations and Mobility, Prosjektbeskrivelse i arkeologi (Project Description in Archaeology) and modules for conservation courses relating to statistics and/or site taphonomy.

Other Affiliations

  • National Museums of Kenya
  • University of York, Department of Archaeology
  • Gila River Indian Community, Cultural Resource Management Program
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences, Key State Laboratory