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Arik Bord

Areas of Speciality
  • Ph.D. Nautical Archaeology
First Year In the Program


A four-field anthropologist and Emmy™ Award winning filmmaker, Arik received his Master’s degree in Anthropology from Texas A&M University in 2019. He graduated (with Honors) from California State University, Chico in 2014, receiving his B.A. in Anthropology, along with certificates in Museum Studies and Cultural Resource Management. In 2011, he received his A.A. in Behavioral and Social Sciences (with Honors) and certificate in Classical Studies from Butte College in northern California. During his undergrad, Arik participated in pioneering programs using 3D technology and visual media to protect and learn from cultural resources, and is constantly searching for new ways of incorporating the technological innovations of the 21st Century to enhance the learning potential and quality of his research. He has performed archaeological fieldwork in the Caribbean, Great Basin, and Northern California Coast, along with ethnographic work in Central California and the Owen’s Valley. He is interested in expanding the Nautical Archaeologists’ toolkit by combining his skills as a documentary filmmaker with 3D mapping and modeling techniques for use in the field. His main research focuses on the rise of the British Empire in the Caribbean and how the three major colonial powers in the Americas interacted as part of a globalized system of commerce during the 19th century through trade, power and political structures, and commercial agriculture, particularly with regards to the Leeward island of Antigua.