National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Monica Smith

Affiliation: University of California, Los Angeles

Monica Smith is Professor with the Department of Anthropology at UCLA, and holds her degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A.), UCLA (M.A.), and the University of Michigan (Ph.D.).  Her research interests are comparative modern and ancient urbanism, trade and economics in prehistory, archaeological method and theory, the anthropology of food, South Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean.  She has published extensively, has worked at a number of excavations and surveys in India, and is Co-Director of the Sisupalgarh excavation in India.  Her extensie publications include Excavations at Sisupalgarh, Orissa (with R.K. Mohanty, 2008) and forthcoming works on “Cities Past and Present: Urbanism as a Human Phenomenon in Time and Space” and “A Prehistory of the Ordinary Person: Individuals, Multitasking, and the Foundations of Social Complexity”.  More Information on Professor Amith and her work can be seen at


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