A Book Series edited by Donald Gaff

The Midwest Archaeological Perspectives (MAP) monograph series is a partnership between the Midwest Archaeological Conference, Inc. (MAC, Inc.) and The University of Notre Dame Press (UND Press) inaugurated in 2017. The series includes full-length single authored manuscripts, edited volumes by experienced archaeologists or other professionals, and revised dissertations by those having recently completed the degree. Publication of select dissertations is linked to a MAC, Inc. and UND Press Dissertation Prize (see below for details), with the recipient selected by the MAP Editor in consultation with the Editorial Board.  The Dissertation Prize is not necessarily an annual award, but linked to the merit of reviewed dissertations.  Dissertation Prizes have already been awarded to date, and several monographs are already in various stages of production by University of Notre Dame Press.  The parameters of the Midwest Archaeological Perspectives monograph series are as follow:

The American Midcontinent, stretching from the Appalachian Mountains to the Great Plains, and from the boreal forests of Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, is home to a rich and deep multiethnic past that even after 150 years of exploration continues to fascinate scholars and the public alike. Beginning with colonization by the first Native American big game hunters, through the origins of domestic food production and construction of the largest earthen monuments in North America, and ultimately the entry of multiple colonial empires and their varying interactions with native populations, the story of the region is an exciting one of changing cultural and environmental interactions and adaptive strategies. The diverse environments that characterize the region have fostered a multiplicity of solutions to the problem of survival, ranging from complex sedentary agriculturally intensive societies to those with highly refined seasonal resource strategies keyed to timed movement and social flexibility.

To explore this region from new and different vantage points, the Midwest Archaeological Conference, Inc. and the University of Notre Dame Press are pleased to partner in the Midwest Archaeological Perspectives series, a unique collaborative book series intended for a broad range of professional and interested lay audiences. The books published in Midwest Archaeological Perspectives will be the most compelling and current works of archaeological narrative and insight for the region, with a temporal scope encompassing the span of human use of the region from the first colonizing Paleoindian cultures to the more recent historical past. The series explores both old questions tackled from new perspectives, and new and interesting questions arising from the deployment of cutting edge theory and method.

In addition to publishing winning dissertations, MAP publishes books on the archaeology of the midcontinent and so is actively seeking book proposals, manuscripts, edited volumes, and revised dissertations on current topics in Midwestern archaeology. MAP books can be found at: https://undpress.nd.edu/books/?series=midwest-archaeological-perspectives

For questions, nominations, or manuscript submissions, contact: Donald Gaff (MAP Series Editor) donald.gaff@uni.edu and Eli Bortz (Editor in Chief, UND Press) ebortz@nd.edu


MAC Dissertation Prize logos

MAC, Inc. Dissertation Prize

Unique to this series is the MAC, Inc. Dissertation Prize. MAC, Inc. and Notre Dame Press will sponsor the prize, awarded by MAC, Inc. The prize winner will be offered a contract with Notre Dame Press, a $500 award, and will work with the editor and editorial board to develop the dissertation into a compelling book manuscript for scholarly publication. Manuscripts outside the Prize category will be vetted and considered by both MAC, Inc. and Notre Dame Press. 

To be considered for the Prize, please contact Series Editor Donald Gaff (donald.gaff@uni.edu, 319.273.7274) or University of Notre Dame Press Senior Acquisitions Editor Eli Bortz (ebortz@nd.edu, 574.631.4912). 

Prize Recipients


2021 MAP Justin Carlson

Dr. Justin Carlson (University of Kentucky) for his dissertation entitled "Middle to Late Holocene (7200-2900 Cal. BP) Archaeological Site Formation Processes and the Origins of Anthropogenic Environments in Central Kentucky."


Christina Friberg 2020 MAP Dissertation Award Recipient

Dr. Christina Friberg (University of California Santa Barbara) for her dissertation entitled “Igniting Interaction through Mississippian Tradition-making: An Interregional Analysis at the Audrey Site (11GE20).”

Kathryn Frederick 2020 MAP Dissertation Award Recipient

Dr. Kathryn Frederick (Michigan State University) for her dissertation entitled “Storage, Decision-Making, and Risk Management in Non-Sedentary Societies.”



Dr. Susan M. Kooiman (Michigan State University) for her dissertation entitled “A multiproxy analysis of culinary, technological, and environmental interactions in the northern Great Lakes region.”
Left to Right: MAC Board President John Doershuk with Susan Kooiman, William Lovis (MAP Editor) and Eli Bortz (University of Notre Dame Press).


MAP Dissertation Prize

Dr. Richard W. Edwards IV (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee) for his dissertation entitled "The canine surrogacy approach and paleobotany: An analysis of Wisconsin Oneota agricultural production and risk management strategies."
Left to Right: Bill Lovis (MAP Editor) and MAC Board President Jodie O'Gorman with Richard Edwards IV and Eli Bortz (University of Notre Dame Press).