About Me

I am an assistant professor and archaeologist in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University and co-director of the ASU Center for Archaeology and Society. My research focuses on integrating archaeological data with methods and models from the broader social sciences to address questions revolving around the nature and dynamics of human social networks and group identities over the long-term. This work involves the development of large-scale databases as well as the application of network science techniques and other computational methods to archaeological data.

Most of my research is focused on agricultural societies in the pre-contact U.S. Southwest. I direct field and lab projects focused on the Cibola/Zuni region of New Mexico and Arizona and also work on a number of National Science Foundation supported regional-scale collaborative projects using large settlement and material cultural databases including the Southwest Social Networks Project and the NSF RIDIR funded cyberSW project. I am also currently conducting several related methodological projects centered on developing new quantitative tools for dealing with large settlement and material cultural datasets to build better chronologies, model regional population changes, and to explore regional network dynamics across the greater US Southwest/Mexican Northwest and other regions (through an NSF grant jointly funded by the Archaeology and the Measurement, Methodology, and Statistics programs). In addition to these projects, I supervise undergraduate/graduate research assistants and post-doctoral researchers through the Center for Archaeology and Society on a number of collections and field based projects leveraging the large collections from the US Southwest and other resources housed at the ASU Alameda Collections Repository and the ASU Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • 2015-present Assistant Professor

    School of Human Evolution and Social Change
    Arizona State University

  • 2018-present Co-Director

    Center for Archaeology and Society
    Arizona State University

  • 2015-2018 Research Director

    Center for Archaeology and Society
    Arizona State University

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Selected Publications

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Transformation of social networks in the late pre-Hispanic US Southwest.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(15): 5785—5790, 2013
Mills, Barbara J and Clark, Jeffery J and Peeples, Matthew A and Haas, W R and Roberts, John M and Hill, J Brett and Huntley, Deborah L and Borck, Lewis and Breiger, Ronald L and Clauset, Aaron and Shackley, M Steven
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Multiscalar Perspectives on Social Networks in the Late Prehispanic Southwest

American Antiquity, 80(1): 3—24, 2015
Mills, Barbara J. and Peeples, Matthew A. and Haas, Jr., W. Randall and Borck, Lewis and Clark, Jeffery J. and Roberts, Jr., John M.
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Brokerage and Social Capital in the Prehispanic U.S. Southwest

American Anthropologist, 115(2): 232—247, 2013
Peeples, Matthew A. and Haas, W. Randall
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