Ann Raab

Adjunct Instructor
Bates County Missouri Archaeology


Dr. Raab, who came to UMKC in 2008, is interested in historic sites archaeology, focusing on economics and land use during the nineteenth century in the American Midwest, and the impact of warfare, slavery, and subordination. She has research interests in Missouri and Kansas Border War and General Orders No. 11. She loves travel, gardening, her dog, and the Royals.

Dr. Raab continues to work with the UMKC History Department on an ongoing NEH grant-funded educational program educating K-12 teachers about the Kansas and Missouri Border War. This program is titled, “Crossroads of Conflict: Contested Visions of Freedom & the Missouri-Kansas Border Wars.” Her work in Bates County is featured in an April 2018 episode of the PBS series, “America From the Ground Up,” and was also featured in the March/April 2010 issue of Archaeology magazine. She is also editing and contributing two articles to the 2019 issue of Missouri Archaeologist, focused on how archaeology can contribute to a more in-depth understanding of Missouri history.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. in Anthropology with an Emphasis in Archaeology, University of Kansas
M.A. in Anthropology, California State University, Northridge


Cultural anthropology, world prehistory and classical archaeology, history of anthropological and archaeological thought, archaeological method and theory, teacher education, heritage preservation, frauds and myths in archaeology, and the history of slavery and inequality