Affiliation: California State University, Fresno
James Kus received his BA degree from Case Western Reserve University, his MA from Michigan State, and his PhD from UCLA with a dissertation that focused on pre-Hispanic agriculture in several desert oases in the area around Trujillo, Peru – in fact, he has carried out research in northern coastal Peru, the area where the Moche culture developed, for almost five decades. He has published on a wide variety of topics related to Peruvian archaeology, geography, and history. Jim retired four years ago after more than forty years teaching at California State University, Fresno. Since retiring, he has led ten tours to Peru (for the AIA and Smithsonian, as well as for private groups) and twice lectured on a cruise ship sailing around southern South America.