Faculty

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Areas of Interest:

Historical ecology, landscape archaeology, agricultural systems, settlement patterns, emergent complexity, indigenous peoples; Southeast Asia, Philippines, Guam, Micronesia


Professor, Department of Anthropology

Areas of Interest:

Archaeological theory; complex hunter-gatherers; craft specialization; political evolution; exchange systems; modern material culture; ethnoarchaeology; prehistory and early contact; California and British Columbia


Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC)
Professor, Department of Anthropology

Areas of Interest:

Paleoanthropology; simulation modeling; carnivore ecology; hunter-gatherers; stone technology; evolutionary theory; China, Mongolia, Tibet


Professor, Department of Art History

Areas of Interest:

India and Southeast Asia


Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC)

Areas of Interest:

Bronze and Iron Age Levant; Archaeology of Warfare; Egyptian Imperialism in Canaan; Eastern Mediterranean trade in the Bronze Age


Professor, Scandinavian Section

Areas of Interest:

Viking Age Scandinavia; Icelandic and Scandinavian archaeology, history, and political economy; feud and control of violence; sagas; the North Atlantic world


Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC)

Areas of Interest:

Near East, currently working in Turkey and southeastern Turkey; Bronze Age urban sites


Associate Professor, Art History
Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC)

Areas of Interest:

Egyptology, gender issues of death in ancient Egypt, craft specialization, funerary arts in the ancient world, and ritual studies.


Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC)

Areas of Interest:

Egyptology


Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC)

Areas of Interest:

Assyriology and Sumerology


Professor in Residence, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior; Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences
Department of Architecture and Urban Design

Areas of Interest:

Architectural history


Conservation Program

Areas of Interest:

Archaeological and conservation science of stone and ceramics; non-invasive and portable spectroscopy; weathering mechanisms; sourcing and provenance; ancient Khmer material culture


Professor, Department of Art History

Areas of Interest:

Trained in art history and religious studies, research interests focus on the intersection of ritual and art, particularly monumental painting.


Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Chair, Conservation Program

Areas of Interest:

Archaeological materials from the macro to the micro and to the nano length scale; forensic analytical imaging & conservation; materials science; Hellenistic and Roman painting; technology and synthesis of pigments; materials reverse engineering processing and diagenesis


Professor, Department of Anthropology

Areas of Interest:

Archaeology of early village societies; sociopolitical dynamics and the origin of social inequality; Mesoamerica


Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology; Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Areas of Interest:

Social archaeology and cultural history of continental East Asia focusing on emergence early civilizations in Neolithic and Bronze Age China. Historical anthropology, material culture, and conceptions of the past in early modern China. Landscape archaeology, integrating systematic survey, analysis of archaeological ceramics, remote sensing imagery, traditional studies of stone inscriptions and numismatics


Professor, Department of Classics

Areas of Interest:

Prehistoric (Bronze Age Aegean) through classical archaeology of Greece; relations with the Near East; Greek literature


Associate Professor, Department of Art History

Areas of Interest:

Material culture studies; cross-cultural exchange; hemispheric networks; landscape transformations; spatial theory; construction technology; design of Inca royal estates; Tiahuanaco stone carving; colonial Andean paintings; Brazilian urbanism



Professor of African and African American Art and Director of the UCLA Center for African Studies

Areas of Interest:

Contemporary and historic arts, architecture and urbanism of Africa and its diasporas; African American art history; queer studies; digital humanities; early cinema and theater in Los Angeles 


Professor, Department of Classics

Areas of Interest:

Aegean prehistory; Greek and Italian archaeology; history and culture of the Classical and later periods; the archaeology of colonialism; the integration of literary evidence with the material record in the study of the past


Professor, Department of Information Studies; Conservation Program

Areas of Interest:

Plant materials used as paint binders or patination materials on archaeological and ethnographic objects; the developing role of preventive conservation; and conservation education.


Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Areas of Interest:

North American archaeology; population movement; origins of villages and leadership in agricultural societies; settlement systems and analysis; ceramic analysis; social context of archaeological practice; American Southwest


Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC)

Areas of Interest:

Biblical Studies and Northwest Semitic Languages


Professor, Department of Art History; Conservation Program

Areas of Interest:

Analysis of museum objects, the characterization of pigments, ancient metals and microstructure, the teaching of conservation, and the archaeometallurgy of preHispanic Colombia and Ecuador


Professor, Department of Anthropology

Areas of Interest:

Urbanism; economic networks; consumption and material culture; anthropology of food; comparative historical archaeology; South Asia, Mediterranean, Southwestern U.S.


Professor, Department of Anthropology

Areas of Interest:

Andean anthropology; settlement archaeology; evolution of social complexity


Professor, Department of Art History

Areas of Interest:

Dell Upton studies the history of architecture, cities, and material culture.


Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology

Areas of Interest:

Sociopolitical complexity; political economies of middle-range societies; human behavioral ecology; pilgrimage; pre-industrial mining; village and household archaeology; archaeometry; ceramic analysis; Andean South America; Nasca


Professor, Department of Art History and Associate Director, Cotsen Institute

Areas of Interest:

Archaeology of China, East and Inner Asia, coordination of archaeological materials and historical sources on ancient China, economic history and history of science and technology


Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology; Director of the Zooarchaeology Lab

Areas of Interest:

Archaeological and zooarchaeological research along the eastern Pacific Rim; food and ethnicity; development of social complexity; Caribbean Panama; neotropical archaeology; historical archaeology; natural history; human paleoecology; paleoenvironmental reconstruction; comparative osteology


Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC); Director, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

Areas of Interest:

Social context of crafts organization and specialization, ethnoarchaeology, practical use of symbolic space, visual archaeology and the study of regionality versus long distance contacts.