Zack Batist


2016 - Present PhD - Information Studies
University of Toronto

2012 - 2014 MA - Anthropology
McMaster University

2009 - 2012 BA - Directed Interdisciplinary Studies, High Honours
Carleton University

2007 - 2009 DEC - Social Sciences
Dawson College



2018 - 2020 Research Assistant, E-CURATORS - Pervasive Digital Curation Activities, Objects and Infrastructures in Archaeological Research and Communication

2016 - 2020 Database Manager, Stelida Naxos Archaeological Project

2009 Research Assistant, Redpath Museum

2007 - 2009 Research Assistant, Molecular Pharmacology Laboratory


2020 Teaching Assistant, Curatorial Practice (MSL 2000)

2017, 2018, 2020 Teaching Assistant, Representing, Documenting, and Accessing the Cultural Record (INF 1321)

2017 Teaching Assistant, Information Policy, Regulation and Law (INF 2181)

2016 Teaching Assistant, Archaeology and Popular Culture (ANTH 2PC3)

2014, 2015 Teaching Assistant, World Archaeology (ANTH 2WA3E)

2012, 2015 Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Anthropology: Identity, Race and Power (ANTH 1AB3E)

2013 Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Anthropology: Sex, Food and Death (ANTH 1AA3)

Academic Service

2019 - 2020 UTGSU Representative, Doctoral Student Association

2016 - 2019 Tech Fund Committee, Doctoral Student Association

2013 - 2014 Faculty Representative - Social Sciences, Graduate Students Association


2017 - 2020 Coordinator, Archaeological Information Interest Group

2012 - 2016 Webmaster, Nexus: The Canadian Student Journal of Anthropology

2010 Web Design, Segal Cancer Center

2008 - 2009 Distribution Manager, The Plant: Dawson College’s Student Press Dawson College


Journal Articles

2017 T. Carter, Z. Batist, K. Campeau, Y. Garfinkel & K. Streit. Investigating Pottery Neolithic Socio-Economic “Regression” in the Southern Levant: Characterising Obsidian Consumption at Sha’ar Hagolan (N. Israel) Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 15:305-317. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.08.016

2014 K.P. Freund & Z. Batist. Sardinian Obsidian Circulation and Early Maritime Navigation in the Neolithic as Shown through Social Network Analysis Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 9(3):364-380. DOI: 10.1080/15564894.2014.881937

2009 M. Loignon, W. Miao, L. Hu, A. Bouchard, T.A. Bismar, P.J. Scrivens, K. Mann, M. Basik, P. Fiset, Z. Batist & G. Batist. Frequent Nrf2 depletion due to Cul3 overexpression in breast cancer is associated with sensitivity to carcinogens, oxidative stress and chemotherapy Molecular Cancer Therapeutics 8(8):2432-2440. DOI: 10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-08-1186


2018 S. Graham, N. Gupta, J. Smith, A. Angourakis, A. Reinhard, L. Richardson, K. Ellenberger, Z. Batist, J. Rivard, B. Marwick, M. Carter, & B. Compton. The Open Digital Archaeology Textbook Environment (ODATE)

Conference Presentations

2019 Z. Batist. Untangling and extending the discursive relations mediated by archaeological data through grounded research. Paper presented at On shifting grounds – the study of archaeological practices in a changing world. COST-Arkwork & the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete, October 2019.

2018 Z. Batist. Documenting archaeological knowledge construction as socially-embedded information practices. Paper presented at PhD Research Days 2018. Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, April 2018.

2018 Z. Batist. Documenting archaeological knowledge construction as distributed information practices. Paper presented at the 46th Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference (CAA 2018). Tübingen, Germany, March 2018.

2017 Z. Batist & C. Dallas. A view from the bridge: human- and thing-centred approaches to research practice, disciplinary discourse and local engagement with the archaeological record. Paper presented at TAG (North America) 2017 - The Medium is the Message: Media and Mediation in Archaeology. Toronto, Ontario, May 2017.

2017 T. Carter, K. Campeau, Z. Batist, Y. Garfinkel, D. Rosenberg, Y. Rowan & K. Streit Social Interaction at Distance Over the Long Term: Obsidian Sourcing from the Southern Levant (9th – 4th millennia cal BC). Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology 82nd Annual Meeting. Vancouver, British Columbia, March – April 2017.

2014 Z. Batist. An Examination of Obsidian Circulation Patterns in Terms of Relational and Geographical Distance in Southwest Asia and Anatolia from the Epi-Palaeolithic to Chalcolithic Periods (14000 – 5700 B.P.). Paper presented at Archaeological Sciences and the Ancient Mediterranean Environment. The Archaeological Centre, University of Toronto, March 2014.

2014 Z. Batist. Using Network Analysis to Examine Relative Resource Procurement Strategies in Anatolia and Southwest Asia from the Epipaleolithic to Chalcolithic Periods (14,000 – 5700 BP). Paper presented at the American Archaeological Institute 115th Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois, January 2014.

2013 K. Freund & Z. Batist. Tracking the Circulation of Sardinian Obsidian using Network Analysis: Lithic Procurement, Cultural Interaction, and Early Maritime Navigation in the Neolithic. Paper presented at Networks of maritime connectivity in the ancient Mediterranean: Structure, continuity, and change over the longue durée. The Archaeology Centre, University of Toronto, November 2013.

2013 Z. Batist. Using network analysis to examine obsidian assemblage variability in Anatolia and Southwest Asia from the Epi-Palaeolithic to Chalcolithic periods (14000 – 5700 BP). Paper presented at The Future of Historical Network Research Conference. Historical Network Research, University of Hamburg, September 2013.

2012 Z. Batist. Eat, Drink and Be Networked: Feasting and Bronze Age Networks. Invited panelist at the Colloquium on Digital History and the Transnational History of Nursing. Department of History, Carleton University, March 2012.


2017 Z. Batist. Identifying Obsidian Procurement Habits during the Pre-Pottery Neolithic in the Levant using Network Analysis. Poster presented at the Archaeological Institute of America 118th Annual Meeting. Toronto, Ontario, January 2017.

2015 Z. Batist. The Database of Obsidian Sourcing Studies (DObsiSS): Using Git for Collaborative Management of Archaeological Data. Poster presented at the American Archaeological Institute 116th Annual Meeting. New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2015.

Workshop Presentations

2018 Designing & Implementing Relational Databases, Archaeological Information Interest Group

Grants & Scholarships

2019 - 2021 SSHRC Doctoral Award, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada

2019 School of Graduate Studies Research Travel Grant, Faculty of Arts and Science and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

2017 Joseph and Maria Shaw Graduate Student Travel Award, The Archaeology Centre, University of Toronto

2015 McMaster University Travel Scholarship for OpenCon 2015, McMaster University Library

2015 Edith M. Wightman Travel Scholarship, School of Graduate Studies, McMaster University

2014 Robert P. Wolff Thesis Prize, Society for Philosophy & Culture, McMaster University

2012 Michael Kelway Oliver Scholarship, Carleton University



Fexible Lithic Recording Tool [FLiRT]

Resources on the Web



Database of Obsidian Sourcing Studies [DObsiSS]

Computing Skills