After a new party took power in the Saskatchewan provincial government and eliminated Thomas Kehoe's job in 1964, the Kehoes decamped for Lincoln, Neb., where Alice taught at the University of Nebraska until Thomas applied for and landed what she calls his "dream job" at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Kehoe began teaching at Marquette University in 1968 and remained there until her retirement in 2000. (The couple divorced in 1993; Thomas died a few months ago.)
During and after her academic career, Kehoe became a prolific author, writing several books including America Before the European Invasions; The Ghost Dance: Ethnohistory and Revitalization;and The Land of Prehistory.
What she's doing now: Kehoe's most recent book, Controversies in Archaeology, came out earlier this year and aims to introduce students to hot-button issues from pre-Columbian contacts to the lost civilization of Atlantis. She wrote it at the behest of Mitch Allen, publisher of Left Coast Press. "Alice Kehoe is an original, there were no copies made," Allen says. "One of the founding mothers of feminist archaeology, she has been a thoughtful and electrifying presence in the discipline for half a century."
Her specialty is putting controversial theories through the rigor of archaeological field methods and analysis; Allen notes that he asked her to write the book because "she would explain the importance of scientific hypothesis testing for archaeology students" while making sure that they would "not be shy about embracing the conclusions of those tests, no matter how far from conventional wisdom the answers were."
In her retirement Kehoe enjoys writing and traveling: She's off to Angkor Wat in Cambodia in January to see the pyramids there that bear a similarity to the ones in Mexico. Coincidence? Part of the fun of anthropology and archaeology, she says, is figuring that out.