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Michelle Hegmon

Michelle.Hegmon@asu.edu

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Bio

Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Senior Sustainability Scientist, http://sustainability.asu.edu/

Ph.D., University of Michigan

 

Research

Empirically, Michelle Hegmon’s research focuses on the archaeology of the US Southwest, particularly the Mimbres region of southwest New Mexico.  For many years she and Margaret Nelson co-directed the Eastern Mimbres Archaeological Project, and together they recently published Mimbres Lives and Landscapes (2010).    Their work together established that the occupation of the region continued even after the end of the spectacular pottery for which it is known (Hegmon et al. 1998; Nelson et al. 2006), a finding that has become a key example of reorganization in archaeological applications of resilience theory.  

Hegmon has a long-standing interest in social theory.  She  and is known for her theoretical work, including a review article in American Antiquity (2003) that defined the approach taken in North American archaeology as “Processual-plus,” meaning theoretically broad and methodologically rigorous study of subjects ranging from religion to subsistence.   Hegmon’s work often involves translating  complex theoretical concepts into dimensions and variables that can be assessed archaeologically.  For example, her recent (Hegmon et al. 2008) article shows that social rigidity – sometimes taking the form of a rigidity trap – is associated with particularly severe transformations fraught with human suffering.   

Her current work has three inter-related foci:

She is a co_PI of the NSF-funded Long-term Vulnerability and Transformation Project (LTVTP http://ltvtp.shesc.asu.edu/), which involves the comparative study of five long-term cases in the US Southwest and northern Mexico.  A transdisciplinary team, including archaeologists, ecologists, and mathematical modelers, are examining the relationships and tradeoffs between social and ecological diversity.  The LTVTP cases are also being compared to several cases (including Greenland and Iceland) studied by the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization, with emphasis on climate change issues.

Hegmon leads a team establishing the Mimbres Pottery Image Digital Database, which contains photos and data on almost all known Mimbres black-on-white pottery (10,000 cases).  MimPIDD is now available through the Digital Archaeological Record  (http://core.tdar.org/project/377852). 

The Archaeology of the Human Experience is an emerging paradigm developed by Hegmon and colleagues, to be presented in April 2013 at the meetings of the Society for American Archaeology.  It develops ways of assessing human well being (or lack thereof) in the past archaeologists study, and investigating how the human experience affects and is affected by social transformations.   It is the basis of forthcoming work investigating tradeoffs and sustainability in archaeological and ethnographic cases from across the globe (http://newdirections.asu.edu/).  A book on this work is underway with a contract pending from Cambridge University Press.

 

Teaching


Hegmon teaches a graduate seminar on the archaeology of the social realm, the graduate core course Archaeology of Small Scale Societies, as well as various courses on Southwest archaeology.

 

Major Recent Publications

(many availabale at http://asu.academia.edu/MichelleHegmon)

Nelson, Margaret C., and Michelle Hegmon, editors (2010) Mimbres Lives and Landscapes. SAR Press, Santa Fe.

Hegmon, Michelle, compiler (2010)    The Archaeology of Tribal Social Formations: Selections from American Antiquity and Latin American Antiquity, 1982-2006. Society for American Archaeology, Washington D.C.

M. Nelson, M. Hegmon, S. Kulow, M. Peeples, K. Kintigh, A. Kinzig (2011) Resisting Diversity: A Long-term Archaeological Study.  Ecology and Society 16(1): 25. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol16/iss1/art25/

 Anderies, J.M., and M. Hegmon (2011) Robustness and Resilience across Scales: Migration and Resource Degradation in the Prehistoric U.S. Southwest. Ecology and Society 16 (2): 22. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol16/iss2/art22/

Hegmon, M., Peeples, M., Kinzig, A., Kulow, S., Meegan, C. M. & Nelson, M. C. (2008). Social transformation and its human costs in the prehispanic U.S. Southwest. American Anthropologist 110:313-324. 

Hegmon, M. , editor (2008) The Archaeology of Regional Interaction: Religion, Warfare and Exchange in the American Southwest. University Press of Colorado, Boulder. Editor.  Paperback reissue of 2000 volume with minor edits. 

Hegmon, M. & Sunday Eiselt, B. (Eds.) (2005). Engaged anthropology: Research essays on North American archaeology, ethnobotany, and museology: Papers in honor of Richard I. Ford. Anthropological Papers. Ann Arbor: Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan.

Nelson, M.C., M. Hegmon, S. Kulow, and K.G. Schollmeyer (2006) Archaeological and Ecological Perspectives on Reorganization: A Case Study from the Mimbres Region of the U.S. Southwest. American Antiquity  71:403-432.

Hegmon, M. and S. Kulow (2005) Painting as Agency, Style as Structure: Analyses of Mimbres Pottery Designs from Southwest New Mexico.  Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 12: 313-334. 

 Hegmon, M. (2003)  Setting Theoretical Egos Aside: Issues and Theory in North American Archaeology. American Antiquity 68:213-243.

Hegmon, M. (2002) Recent Issues in the Archaeology of the Mimbres Region of the North American Southwest. Journal of Archaeological Research, 10:307-357.

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 542 Archlgy Small-Scale Societies
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 584 Internship
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 567 Southwestern Archaeology
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 335 Prehistory /Southwest
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Summer 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 592 Research

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 335 Prehistory /Southwest
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 542 Archlgy Small-Scale Societies
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 335 Prehistory /Southwest
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 542 Archlgy Small-Scale Societies
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 335 Prehistory /Southwest
ASB 591 Seminar
ASB 799 Dissertation
ESS 591 Seminar

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Michelle Hegmon. The Archaeology of the Human Experience.. The SAA Archaeological Record (2013).

  2. Book chapter: Bob Bolin, Michelle Hegmon, Lisa Meierotto, Abigail York. Double Exposure in the Sunbelt: The Sociospatial Distribution of Vulnerability in Phoenix, Arizona. Linking Urban Ecology, Environmental Justice and Global Environmental Change: A Framework for Urban Sustainability. Springer (2013).

  3. Book chapter: Margaret C. Nelson, Michelle Hegmon, Keith W. Kintigh, Ann P. Kinzig, Ben A. Nelson, John Marty Anderies, David A. Abbott, Katherine A. Spielmann, Scott E. Ingram, Matthew A. Peeples, Stephanie Kulow, Colleen A. Strawhacker, and Cathryn Meegan. Long-Term Vulnerability and Resilience: Three Examples from Archaeological Study in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. Surviving Sudden Environmental Change: Understanding Hazards, Mitigating Impacts, Avoiding Disasters. University Press of Colorado (2012).

  4. Anderies, M.J., and Michelle Hegmon. Robustness and Resilience across Scales: Migration and Resource Degradation in the Prehistoric U.S. Southwest. Ecology and Society (2011).

  5. M. Nelson, M. Hegmon, S. Kulow, M. Peeples, K. Kintigh, A. Kinzig. Resisting Diversity: A Long-term Archaeological Study. Ecology and Society (2011).

  6. Van der Leeuw, S., R. Costanza, S. Aulenbach, S. Brewer, M. Burek, S. Cornell, C. Crumley, J. A. Dearing, C. Downy, L. J. Graumlich, S. Heckbert, M. Hegmon, K. Hibbard, S. T. Jackson, I. Kubiszewski, P. Sinclair, S. Sörlin and W. Steffen.. Toward an Integrated History to Guide the Future. Ecology and Society (2011).

  7. Edited book: Hegmon, Michelle. The Archaeology of Tribal Social Formations: Selections from American Antiquity and Latin American Antiquity, 1982-2006. Society for American Archaeology (2010).

  8. Edited book: Nelson, Margaret C., and Michelle Hegmon. Mimbres Lives and Landscapes. School of Advanced Research Press (2010).

  9. Book chapter: Michelle Hegmon. Expressions in Black-on-White.. Mimbres Lives and Landscapes. School of American Research Press (2010).

  10. Book chapter: Michelle Hegmon. Mimbres Society: Another Way of Being. Mimbres Lives and Landscapes. School of American Research Press (2010).

  11. Michelle Hegmon, Matthew Peeples, Ann Kinzig, Stephanie Kulow, Cathryn M. Meegan, and Margaret C. Nelson. Social Transformation and Its Human Costs In The Prehispanic U.S. Southwest. American Anthropologist (2008).

  12. Edited book: Hegmon, Michelle. The Archaeology of Regional Interaction: Religion, Warfare and Exchange in the American Southwest.. University Press of Colorado (2008).

  13. Book chapter: Hegmon, Michelle. Structure and Agency in Southwest Archaeology. The Social Construction of Communities: Agency, Structure, and Identity in the Prehispanic Southwest. AltaMira Press (2008).

  14. Book chapter: Hegmon, Michelle (first author) ,Nelson, Margaret C. In Sync, but Barely in Touch: Relations Between the Mimbres Region and the Hohokam Regional System. Hinterlands and Regional Dynamics in the Ancient Southwest. University of Arizona Press (2007).

  15. M Nelson, Michelle Hegmon, S Kulow, K Schollmeyer. Archaeological and Ecological Perspectives on Reorganization: A Case Study from the Mimbres Region of the U.S. Southwest. American Antiquity (2006).

  16. Book chapter: Hegmon, Michelle,Brady, J A,Nelson, M C. Variability in Classic Mimbres Room Suites: Implications for Household Organization and Social Differences. Mimbres Society. University of Arizona Press, Tucson (2006).

  17. Book chapter: Hegmon, Michelle,Nelson, M C,Diehl, M,Schollmeyer, K G,Elliott, M. Agriculture, Mobility, and Human Impact in the Mimbres Region of the Us Southwest. Managing Archaeological Data and Databases: Essays in Honor of Sylvia W. Gaines. Anthropological Research Paper #57, Arizona State University, Tempe (2006).

  18. Michelle Hegmon, Stephanie Kulow. Painting as Agency, Style as Structure: Analyses of Mimbres Pottery Designs from Southwest New Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2005).

  19. Edited book: Hegmon, Michelle, Sunday Eiselt, B. Engaged Anthropology: Research Essays on North American Archaeology, Ethnobotany, and Museology. University of Michigan (2005).

  20. Book chapter: North American Archaeology. Blackwell (2005).

  21. Book chapter: Hays-Gilpin, Kelley (Author) ,Hegmon, Michelle (Author) . The Art of Ethnobotany: Depictions of Maize and other Plants in the Prehispanic Southwest. Engaged Anthropology: Research Essays on North American Archaeology, Ethnobotany, and Museology: Papers in Honor of Richard I. Ford. University of Michigan (2005).

  22. Michelle Hegmon. Setting Theoretical Egos Aside: Issues and Theory in North American Archaeology. American Antiquity (2003).

  23. Michelle Hegmon. Recent Issues in the Archaeology of the Mimbres Region of the North American Southwest. Journal of Archaeological Research (2002).

  24. Book chapter: Archaeology: The Widening Debate. Oxford University Press for the British Academy, London (2002).

  25. Book chapter: The Last Pueblo Communities of the Mesa Verde Region: Crow Canyon's Research at the Sand Canyon Locality. University of Utah Press (2002).

  26. Margaret Nelson, Michelle Hegmon. Abandonment is not as it seems: An Approach to the Relationship Between Site-Level and Regional Abandonment. American Antiquity (2001).

  27. Book chapter: Hegmon, Michelle (Author) . Technological Innovation in Social Context: The Development and Change of Pottery-Making Traditions. Eureka: The Archaeology and Science of Innovation. University of Calgary (2001).

  28. Hegmon, Michelle. The Social Dynamics of Pottery Style in the Early Puebloan Southwest. Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (1995).

  29. Edited book: Lipe, William D. and Michelle Hegmon. The Architecture of Social Integration in Prehistoric Pueblos. Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (1989).

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Nelson,Margaret C * , Nelson,Margaret C * , Abbott,David Ralph , Anderies,John M , Anderies,John M , Candan,Kasim Selcuk , Elser,Monica Mueller , Hegmon,Michelle , Kintigh,Keith William , Kinzig,Ann , Kinzig,Ann , Nelson,Ben A , Spielmann,Katherine Ann , Nelson,Margaret C * , Nelson,Margaret C * , Hegmon,Michelle , Kintigh,Keith William , Spielmann,Katherine Ann , Spielmann,Katherine Ann , Spielmann,Katherine Ann , . CNH: The Complexities of Ecological and Social Diversity: A Long-Term Perspective. NSF-SBE (9/1/2011 - 2/28/2015).
  2. Hegmon,Michelle * . Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Genes, Language, and Culture in Tewa Ethnogenesis. NSF-SBE (1/15/2008 - 12/31/2009).
  3. Hegmon,Michelle * Nelson,Margaret C . Mimbres Pottery Digital Archive. TURNER FDN (6/29/2006 - 7/31/2008).
  4. Nelson,Margaret C * , Abbott,David Ralph , Anderies,John M , Hegmon,Michelle , Janssen,Marcus Alexander , Janssen,Marcus Alexander , Kintigh,Keith William , Kinzig,Ann , Nelson,Ben A , Redman,Charles L , Simon,Arleyn W , Spielmann,Katherine Ann , Van Der Leeuw,Sander , . Long-Term Coupled Socioecological Change in Northern Mexico and the American Southwest. NSF-SBE (9/15/2005 - 8/31/2009).
  5. Kintigh,Keith William * , Anderies,John M , Baral,Chitta Ranjan , Candan,Kasim Selcuk , Davulcu,Hasan , Hegmon,Michelle , Kambhampati,Subbarao , Kinzig,Ann , Liu,Huan , Mccartney,Peter H , Nelson,Margaret C , Nelson,Margaret C , Redman,Charles L , Simon,Arleyn W , Spielmann,Katherine Ann , Van Der Leeuw,Sander , . Enabling the Study of Long-Term Human and Social Dynamics: A Cyberinfrastructure for Archaeology. NSF-SBE (9/15/2004 - 8/31/2006).
  6. Hegmon,Michelle * . DOCTORAL DISSERTATION RESEARCH: INTRAREGIONAL INTERACTION AND LONG-DISTANCE EXCHANGE: EXAMINING THE SOCIAL CONTEXTS OF CHUPADERO.... NSF-SBE (1/1/2003 - 12/31/2004).
  7. Hegmon,Michelle * . DOCTORAL DISSERTATION RESEARCH: COMMUNITY AND COMMODITY IN THE PUEBLO III WORLD: EXCHANGE AND INTEGRATION IN THE YELLOW JACKET COMMUNIT. NSF-SBE (1/1/2002 - 12/31/2003).
  8. Hegmon,Michelle * Nelson,Margaret C . MOBILITY, POPULATION, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT IN THE MIMBRES REGION. NATL GEOGRAPHIC SOC (5/15/2001 - 10/31/2002).
  9. Hegmon,Michelle * . THE GATHERING OF THE CLANS: UNDERSTANDING MIGRATION INTO THE HOPI AREA, A.D. 1275-1400. NSF-SBE (4/15/2001 - 3/31/2003).
  10. Hegmon,Michelle * Nelson,Margaret C . MOBILITY, POPULATION, AND ENVIRONMENT: THE TWELFTH CENTURY MIMBRES. NATL GEOGRAPHIC SOC (4/1/2000 - 7/1/2001).
  11. Nelson,Margaret C * Hegmon,Michelle . THE SUSTAINABILITY OF MIMBRES LAND USE: ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH ON THE LADDER RANCH AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS. TURNER FDN (4/30/1999 - 9/30/2004).
  12. Hegmon,Michelle * Nelson,Margaret C . EASTERN MIMBRES ARCHAEOLOGY. TURNER FDN (2/28/1999 - 6/30/1999).
  13. Hegmon,Michelle * . EASTERN MIMBRES ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT. TURNER FDN (8/1/1995 - 6/30/1997).

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  1. Executive Committee, SHESC, member (2011 - present)
  2. Executive Committee, SHESC, member (2011 - present)
  3. Archaeology Faculty, Head (2011 - present)
  4. Archaeology Faculty, Head (2011 - present)
  5. Graduate Committee, member (2011 - present)
  6. Graduate Committee, member (2011 - present)
  7. Society for American Archaeology Press, Associate Editor (2008 - present)
  8. PhD in Environmental Social Sciences, Interim Director (2005 - 2007)

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