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Michael E. Smith

Michael.E.Smith.2@asu.edu

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Bio

I am an archaeologist who works on Aztec sites in Mexico and also conducts comparative research on cities, households, empires, and city-states. I view my discipline, archaeology, as a comparative, historical social science. I have directed excavations at numerous Aztec sites in central Mexico. My fieldwork targets houses and domestic contexts, and I use household-level activities and conditions to study a variety of social, political, and economic processes. I also carry out comparative research on cities and urbanism, and on premodern agrarian state societies more generally. I direct a transdisciplinary research project that compares neighborhoods, urban services, and social inequality from the earliest cities to the present. My recent books include The Aztecs (3rd edition, 2012), Aztec City-State Capitals (2008), and The Comparative Archaeology of Complex Societies (2012). I also write several blogs. For more information, see my website: http://www.public.asu.edu/~mesmith9/ . Also:

 

My page on Academia.edu

 

Research Interests

(1)----Mesoamerican archaeology and ethnohistory: Specialist in Aztecs and Postclassic Central Mexico.

(2)----Comparative urbanism: Premodern urban life; planning; neighborhoods; open spaces; urban services; city size scaling;  ancient-modern comparisons.

(3)----Political economy of ancient states: Social inequality; households; wealth levels and consumption; peasant economies; empires & city-states.

(4)----Archaeological methods: Residential archaeology; economic archaeology; correlation of archaeology and history; social science epistemology.

(5)----Professional issues: Archaeological publishing; open access.

 

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For better information on my research, see my home page. The list of publications on the directory profile is incomplete and does not link to the actual articles. For a more complete list, including links to pdfs of my papers, CLICK HERE

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 222 Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
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 490 Earliest Cities
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
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 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 223 Buried Civilizations/Americas
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

Spring 2012

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 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 223 Buried Civilizations/Americas
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 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 494 Special Topics
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 223 Buried Civilizations/Americas
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
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 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 494 Special Topics
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 550 Economic Archaeology
ASB 792 Research

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Isendahl, Christian Smith, Michael E.. Sustainable Agrarian Urbanism: The Low-Density Cities of the Mayas and Aztecs. Cities (2013).

  2. Smith, Michael E. Borejsza, Aleksander Huster, Angela Frederick, Charles Rodríguez, Isabel Heath-Smith, Cynthia. Excavations of Houses and Terraces at Calixtlahuaca, an Aztec-Period City in the Toluca Valley of central Mexico. Journal of Field Archaeology (2013).

  3. Smith, Michael E. Feinman, Gary M. Drennan, Robert D. Earle, Timothy Morris, Ian. Archaeology as a Social Science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2012).

  4. Smith, Michael E.. The Role of Ancient Cities in Research on Contemporary Urbanization. UGEC Viewpoints (ASU School of Sustainability) (2012).

  5. Smith, Michael E.. The Aztecs. Blackwell (2012).

  6. Edited book: Arnauld, Charlotte Manzanilla, Linda Smith, Michael E.. The Neighborhood as a Social and Spatial Unit in Mesoamerican Cities. University of Arizona Press (2012).

  7. Edited book: Smith, Michael E.. The Comparative Archaeology of Complex Societies. Cambridge University Press (2012).

  8. Review of: How Chiefs Became Kings. Cliodynamics (2012).

  9. Book chapter: Smith, Michael E. Novic, Juliana. Neighborhoods and Districts in Ancient Mesoamerica. The Neighborhood as a Social and Spatial Unit in Mesoamerican Cities. University of Arizona Press (2012).

  10. Book chapter: Smith, Michael E. Sergheraert, Maelle. The Aztec Empire. The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology. Oxford University Press (2012).

  11. Book chapter: Smith, Michael E.. Almacenamiento prehispánico del Norte de México al Altiplano Central. Almacenamiento prehispánico del Norte de México al Altiplano Central. CEMCA (Centre d'études mexicaines et centroaméricaines) (2012).

  12. Book chapter: Smith, Michael E.. El almacenamiento en la economía Azteca: una perspectiva comparativa. Almacenamiento prehispánico del Norte de México al Altiplano Central. CEMCA (Centre d'études mexicaines et centroaméricaines) (2012).

  13. Brian Tomaszewski, Michael Smith. The Political Geography of Ancient Matlatzinco: Polities, Territory, and Historical Change in the Postclassic Toluca Valley of Central Mexico. Journal of Historical Geography (2011).

  14. Harris, Richard Smith, Michael E.. The History in Urban Studies: A Comment. Journal of Urban Affairs (2011).

  15. Smith, Michael E.. Classic Maya Settlement Clusters as Urban Neighborhoods: A Comparative Perspective on Low-Density Urbanism. Journal de la Société des Américanistes (2011).

  16. Smith, Michael E.. Empirical Urban Theory for Archaeologists. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2011).

  17. Smith, Michael E.. Why Anthropology is too Narrow an Intellectual Context for Archaeology. Anthropologies (internet journal) (2011).

  18. York, Abigail Michael E. Smith Benjamin Stanley Barbara L. Stark Juliana Novic Sharon L. Harlan George L. Cowgill Christopher Boone. Ethnic and Class-Based Clustering Through the Ages: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Urban Social Patterns. Urban Studies (2011).

  19. Review of: The Art of Urbanism: How Mesoamerican Kingdoms Represented Themselves in Architecture and Imagery. Hispanic American Historical Review (2011).

  20. Book chapter: Smith, Michael E.. Las ciudades prehispánicas: Su traza y su dinámica social. Historial General del Estado de México. Gobierno del Estado de México (2011).

  21. Smith, Michael E.. Motecuhzoma II. Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, 2nd edition. Berkshire Publishing (2010).

  22. Smith, Michael E.. Trading Patterns: Ancient America. Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, 2nd edition. Berkshire Publishing (2010).

  23. Smith, Michael E.. Archaeology is Archaeology. Anthropology News (2010).

  24. Smith, Michael E.. Just How Useful is Archaeology for Scientists and Scholars in Other Disciplines?. SAA Archaeological Record (2010).

  25. Smith, Michael E.. Sprawl, Squatters, and Sustainable Cities: Can Archaeological Data Shed Light on Modern Urban Issues?. Cambridge Archaeological Journal (2010).

  26. Smith, Michael E.. The Archaeological Study of Neighborhoods and Districts in Ancient Cities. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology (2010).

  27. Smith, Michael E.. Ancient Cities. Encyclopedia of Urban Studies. Sage (2009).

  28. Smith, Michael E.. V. Gordon Childe. The Sage Encyclopedia of Urban Studies. Sage (2009).

  29. Chase, Arlen F. Chase, Diane Z. Smith, Michael E.. States and Empires in Ancient Mesoamerica. Ancient Mesoamerica (2009).

  30. Smith, Michael E.. How Comparative is Comparative Urban Geography?. Urban Geography (2009).

  31. Smith, Michael E.. V. Gordon Childe and the Urban Revolution. Town Planning Review (2009).

  32. Smith, Michael E., Juliana Novic, Angela Huster, and Peter Kroefges. Reconocimiento superficial y mapeo en Calixtlahuaca. Expresión Antropológica (2009).

  33. Wutich, Amber Smith, Michael E.. Anthropologists Cheer Ostrom's Nobel. Anthropology News (2009).

  34. Review of: After Monte Alban: Transformation and Negotiation in Oaxaca, Mexico. Cambridge Archaeological Journal (2009).

  35. Review of: The Ancient City. American Anthropologist (2009).

  36. Smith, Michael E. Aztec City Planning. Encyclopaedia of the History of Non-Western Science, Technology, and Medicine, revised Internet edition. Kluwer (2008).

  37. Smith, Michael E.. Exciting Archaeology in Atlanta. SAA Archaeological Record (2008).

  38. Book chapter: Smith, Michael E, and Lisa Montiel. Figurillas cerámicas e interacción interregional en el Valle de Yautepec desde el período Formativo al Postclásico. Ideología política y sociedad en el periodo formativo: ensayos en homenaje al doctor David C. Grove. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2008).

  39. Book chapter: Smith, Michael E.. Can we Read Cosmology in Ancient Maya City Plans?. Foundations of New World Cultural Astronomy: A Reader with Commentary. University Press of Colorado (2008).

  40. Book chapter: Smith, Michael E.. Did the Maya Build Architectural Cosmograms?. Foundations of New World Cultural Astronomy: A Reader with Commentary. University Press of Colorado (2008).

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Presentations

  1. Smith, Michael E. Population, diversity, and function in early urbanism: A comparative perspective. Paper presented at a conference on Iron Age urbanization (Stuttgart, Germany). (Feb 2014).
  2. Smith, Michael E. Cities through the Ages: One Thing or Many?. Public lecture, Santa Fe Institute (Santa Fe, NM). (Jul 2013).
  3. Smith, Michael E. A Review of Archaeological Fieldwork at Calixtlahuaca. 2013 Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology. (Apr 2013).
  4. Denney, Timothy; Stanley, Benjamin; Smith, Michael E.; Measuring Inequality in Premodern cities: Spatial and Built Environment Measures. 2013 Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology. (Apr 2013).
  5. Smith, Michael E. When Small was Beautiful: The Ancient History of Resilient Practices. Earth Day Lecture, Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA). (Mar 2013).
  6. Smith, Michael E. Are Ancient Cities Relevant to Contemporary Urbanization? Archaeology and Comparative Urbanism. UCLA, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, lecure series. (Jan 2013).
  7. Smith, Michael E. Aztec Households and Communities: Archaeology of A Sustainable Way of Life. Maya Society of Minnesota fall colloquium. (Sep 2012).
  8. Smith, Michael E. The Contemporary Relevance of Archaeological Data. Maya Society of Minnesota, Saturday workshop. (Sep 2012).
  9. Smith, Michael E. Are Ancient Cities Relevant to Contemporary Urrbanization? Archaeology and Comparative Urbanism. University of Toronto, Department of Anthropology, Lecture series. (Sep 2012).
  10. Smith, Michael E. Archaeological Measure of the Quality of Life. University of Toronto, Archaeology Center, Colloquium series. (Sep 2012).
  11. Smith, Michael E. Aztec Households and Communities: Archaeology of A Sustainable Way of Life. Amerind Foundation Lecture Series. (Apr 2012).
  12. Smith, Michael E. Can Archaeological Blogs be Used for Serious Scholarship?. Society for American Archaeology, Annual Meeting. (May 2011).
  13. Smith, Michael E. La vida urbana en las ciudades antiguas de Mesoamérica. II Congreso Nacional de Estudiantes de Arqueología. (Jul 2010).
  14. Smith, Michael E. Xochicalco and Calixtlahuaca as Mesoamerican Hilltop Political Capitals. Society for American Archaeology, annual conference. (Apr 2010).
  15. Smith, Michael E. Are Ancient Cities Relevant for Understanding Modern Urbanism?. Stanford University, Dept. of Anthropology. (Oct 2008).
  16. Smith, Michael E. The Built Environment of Early Cities: Institution and Social Contexts. Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity. (Oct 2008).
  17. Smtih, Michael E. Architecture, Power, and Kingship at Aztec Cities Outside Tenochtitlan. Precolumbian Society of Washington, Conference. (Sep 2008).
  18. Smith, Michael E. Ancient Cities: Do They Hold Lessons for the Modern World?. Society for American Archaeology, Annual Meeting. (Apr 2008).
  19. Smith, Michael Planning and Spatial Organization of Aztec City-State Capitals. Society for American Archaeology, Annual Meeting. (Apr 2006).
  20. Smith, Michael La fundación de los capitales de las ciudades-estado aztecas: la recreación ideológico de Tollan. VII Mesa Redonda de la Sociedad Española de Estudios Mayas. (Sep 2005).
  21. Smith, Michael Definitions of Urbanism and the Analysis of Ancient Social Complexity. Complex Societies Group Conference. (Sep 2005).
  22. Smith, Michael Art and Daily Life in Aztec Central Mexico. The Arts in the Aztec Empire. (Oct 2004).
  23. Smith, Michael The Archaeological Study of Ancient Commercial Exchange. Society for American Archaeology. (Apr 2004).
  24. Smith, Michael, Wharton, Jennifer Postclassic Funerary Ceramics of the Toluca Valley, Central Mexico. Society for American Archaeology. (Apr 2003).
  25. Smith, Michael ¿Tenías los aztecas una sistema de almacenaje de gran escala? Una perspectiva comparativa. CEMCA conference on storage.
  26. Smith, Michael Four Ways to Look at Ancient Cities.
  27. Smith, Michael Graneros y el almacenamiento de granos en el Morelos postclásico. CEMCA conference on storage.
  28. Smith, Michael Ancient Cities of the World.
  29. Smith, Michael Aztec Cities and the Mesoamerican Urban Tradition. Archaeological Institute of America, Arizona Chapter.
  30. Smith, Michael Excavations at Aztec Sites in Central Mexico.
  31. Smith, Michael Planning and Spatial Organization of Aztec City-State Capitals. Society for American Archaeology.
  32. Smith, Michael Archaeological Analysis of Ancient Urbanism: The Calixtlahuaca Archaeological Project. Invited Lecture.
  33. Smith, Michael El Proyecto Arqueológico Calixtlahuaca. Public lecture.
  34. Smith, Michael El Proyecto Arqueológico Calixtlahuaca.. Lecture in the series, “Arqueología e Etnohistoria de Mesoamérica".
  35. Smith, Michael Las ciudades y el Urbanismo en el México Prehispánico. Invited lecture.
  36. Smith, Michael Material Culture of the Aztec Empire in Central Mexico: Local, Regional, and Global Patterns. Sackler Symposium, “The Aztec Empire: Iconographies and Ideologies of Power".
  37. Smith, Michael Spatial Organization of the Postclassic Central Mexican City of Calixtlahuaca. Society for American Archaeology.
  38. Smith, Michael Urbanization in Aztec central Mexico: Recent household excavations at Calixtlahuaca.. Invited Lecture.
  39. Smith, Michael La arqueología y la sociedad del postclásico en los valle de Cuernavaca y Toluca.
  40. Smith, Michael Mexican Archaeology: The Past Instructs the Future. Albany Area Ecumenical Mission Event.

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Smith,Michael E * , Boone,Christopher G , Boone,Christopher G , Harlan,Sharon , York,Abigail , . Service Access in Premodern Cities. NSF-ENG-BCS (6/15/2013 - 5/31/2015).
  2. Smith,Michael E * . Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Effects of Aztec Conquest on Provincial Commoner Households at Calixtlahuaca Mexico. NSF-ENG-BCS (2/15/2012 - 1/31/2014).
  3. Smith,Michael E * . Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Neighborhood Dynamics at Calixtlhuaca Mexico student: Juliana Novic. NSF-SBE (11/15/2011 - 10/31/2013).
  4. Smith,Michael E * . The Urban Economy of Aztec-Period Calixtlahuaca Mexico. NSF-SBE (9/1/2009 - 12/31/2014).
  5. Smith,Michael E * . Urbanization and Empire at the Aztec-period city of Calixtlahuaca (Toluca Valley, Mexico). NSF-SBE (7/1/2006 - 6/30/2009).
  6. Smith,Michael E * . Curation of Archaeological Materials from Morelos, Mexico, Stage 1. NSF-SBE (3/15/2006 - 2/28/2007).

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Service

  1. Arizona Archaeological Society, Invited public lecture (2013 - present)
  2. National Science Foundation, Interdisciplinary Social & Behavioral Sciences (IBSS) panel, Panel member (2013 - present)
  3. Shanghai Archaeological Forum, Corresponding member of the Advisory Committee (2013 - present)
  4. Arizona Science Center, Adult's Night Out program, Invited speaker (2011 - present)
  5. Pueblo Grande Auxiliary, Invited lecture (2011 - present)
  6. Sociedad Cultural Yautepec (Yautepec, Mexico), Invited public lecture (2010 - present)
  7. Science Cafe series, Arizona Science Center, Invited lecture (2010 - present)
  8. Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Consultation with students and faculty on professional issues (2009 - present)
  9. Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Consultation with students and faculty on professional issues (2009 - present)
  10. Book series: "The Early Americas: Studies in History and Culture", Member, Editorial Board (2007 - present)
  11. Arizona State University, Expert and consultant for high school research projects (2005 - present)
  12. Book Series: "Ancient Cities of the New World", Series Co-Editor (2005 - present)
  13. Book Series: "Ancient Cities of the New World", Series Co-Editor (2005 - present)
  14. Ancient Mesoamerica, Member, Editorial Board (1990 - present)
  15. Ancient Mesoamerica, Member, Editorial Board (1990 - present)
  16. Book series: "The Early Americas: Studies in History and Culture", Member, Editorial Board (2007 - 2014)
  17. Archaeology Planning Committee, Member (2012 - 2013)

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