Cultures of Mesoamerica and Central America: Research

Gary M. Feinman – Curator of Mesoamerican and Central American Anthropology.

Dr. Feinman received his B.A., in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, 1972 and his Ph.D., in Anthropology from City University of New York-Graduate Center in 1980. His interests include the study of complex human societies – how and why they arose, the different ways they were organized and changed over time, and how the economies of these ancient social formations were underpinned and interrelated with their political and social institutions.

Since 1995, he also has been part of a collaborative team of North American and Chinese scholars studying the Late Neolithic through Han period in Shandong, China.

Feinman is also the co-editor of the Journal of Archaeological Research (Springer).  He also is an Editorial Board member of Human Ecology and Cross-Cultural Research.  He is a member of the Society for American Archaeology's Publication Committee and served a term as the Editor of Latin American Antiquity.

Feinman, along with Dr. T. Douglas Price, is the Co-author of the world archaeology text, Images of the Past, which presently is in its 6th Edition. All of Feinman's publications are listed on his CV.