Ceri is the Head of EMKP and a specialist in African material culture, particularly from eastern and southern Africa. She has a PhD in Archaeology from UCL, and is currently on secondment from the University of Pretoria where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. She has previously held academic posts at UCL and UCLA, was a Visiting Fellow at the Sainsbury Research Unit at UEA, and is an Honorary Research Associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeology in Cambridge. She is a member of Council for the British Institute in Eastern Africa, and has served on review panels for the Wenner Gren Foundation and the National Research Foundation. She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses, supervised/examined Masters and PhD dissertations, and taken part in teaching exchanges at the University of Uppsala and the University of Pompeu Fabra and was a guest lecturer for Dialogues with the Past: Nordic Graduate School in Archaeology course on Mobility.
Ceri has directed research in Kenya, Uganda, Botswana and South Africa, supported by grants from the British Academy, Society of Antiquaries and National Research Foundation of South Africa. Ceri’s research covers a range of topics including the social role of early hunter-gatherer and farmer ceramics, the role of technology and knowledge in object production and use, the mobility of objects/ideas and colonial landscapes of power and material contact. Her current research includes work on hinterland/metropole dynamics in early state society of southern Africa, missionary encounters in South Africa and Botswana, and histories of craft documentation.