Monica L. Smith received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. She is presently Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles, and Chair of the Graduate Interdepartmental Archaeology Graduate Program. She is also director of the South Asian Laboratory at UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology which houses reference material and facilities for studying the past of the Indian subcontinent. She has directed archaeological research projects in India and Bangladesh, and participated in fieldwork in Italy, Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt, England, Madagascar, and the American Southwest. Smith is the author of The Archaeology of an Early Historic Town in Central India (2001) and The Historic Period at Bandelier National Monument (2002), and editor of The Social Construction of Ancient Cities (2003). Her research on archaeological subjects includes the consideration of early state networks, biological models of human behavior, and the role of the past in national identity. At UCLA, she teaches courses on archaeological theory, cognition and material culture, and the development of urbanism. Lecture will be held in Wilkinson Hall #116 August 20 at 3 pm.
Fri., Oct. 9, 3 p.m., 2009