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Chafee Hall, Room 230, 142 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881


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William H. Krieger

  • Associate Professor
  • Chafee Bldg, Rm 226
  • Phone: 401.874.2812
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As a philosopher of science and working archaeologist, Dr. Krieger’s teaching and research interests focus on the impact of theoretical decisions on scientific (and humanistic) practices. In recognition for his accomplishments in the classroom and in the field, Dr. Krieger was awarded the URI College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Award (2011) and was named a “Newsmaker” by the Providence Business News (2013).

In his role as a working scientist, Dr. Krieger currently works as an archaeologist in Field F at Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavations, and he has gotten his hands dirty and/or wet at a variety of archaeological sites throughout Israel, including Tel Miqne/Ekron, Tel Harassim, Tel el-Farah, South, the Northern Negev Survey Project, and the Israel Coast Exploration (ICE) project. In 2010 Dr. Krieger was among a group of international experts who to created the “Penn-Brock Statement of Principles and Best Practices for Underwater Archaeology and the Stewardship of Underwater Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean.”

Dr. Krieger has served on the board of a variety of professional organizations, most recently as the Executive Secretary of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS). At URI, Dr. Krieger’s service has ranged from being an advisor for University College and for the Philosophy Department (in both PHL and RLS), to his service on a variety of URI committees, including the Center for the Humanities Executive Committee, the Faculty Senate’s Executive Committee, and as a member and parliamentarian for the Faculty Senate. Additionally, Dr Krieger is a member of the John Hazen White Center for Ethics and Public Service,

In his off hours (or minutes), Dr. Krieger loves riding his motorcycle, taking photographs of his land and underwater travels, and playing the cello, and he is an Instructor Trainer for the National Ski Patrol.


Philosophy of Science and Technology, Science and Values, Philosophy of Religion, and Archaeological Theory


Interested in trying your hand at an archaeology and getting college credit? Contact Professor Krieger to join an archaeological field school in Israel. 


  • Ph.D. Philosophy, Claremont Graduate University, 2003
  • B.S. Biology, Columbia University, 1991
  • B.A. Honors Jewish Philosophy, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1991



When are medical apps medical? Off-label use and the Food and Drug Administration.” 

“Philosophy, Economics, and the Supply Side of the Archaeological Black Market.” in Lee Trepanier (ed.) The Free Market and the Human Condition: Essays on Economics and Culture. Lexington Books. 2014.

“Marketing Archaeology.” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. Springer Press (2014). Online at Author’s Pre-Publication Manuscript available here.

“Medical Apps: public and academic perspectives.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. The Johns Hopkins University Press. 56: 2 (2013), p 259-273. Author’s Pre-Publication Manuscript available here.

“Theory, Locality, and Methodology in Archaeology: Just Add Water?” HOPOS: the Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science. University of Chicago Press. 2:2 (2012), p 243-257. Author’s Pre-Publication Manuscript available here.

“Processual Archaeology.” Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press. (2012), peer reviewed electronic resource.

SCIENCE AT THE FRONTIERS: Perspectives on the History and Philosophy of Science. (ed.) Lexington Books 2011.  *CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2012

CAN THERE BE A PHILOSOPHY OF ARCHAEOLOGY? Processual Archaeology and the Philosophy of Science. Lexington Books 2006.


Blog Posts

An APP(le) a Day: Can Smartphones Provide Smart Medical Advice.” The Prindle Post 2016


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