About Me

I am an associate professor of anthropology and archaeologist in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University and 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 of human social networks over the long-term. This work involves the development of large-scale databases, fieldwork in the US Southwest, as well as the application of a variety of computational methods to archaeological data. 

Most of my research is focused on agricultural societies in the U.S. Southwest. I conduct field and lab projects in the Cibola/Zuni region of New Mexico and Arizona and also work on a number of regional-scale collaborative projects using large settlement and material cultural databases including the Southwest Social Networks Project and the cyberSW project. 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 Anthropology Collections Facilities and the ASU Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • 2019-present Associate Professor

    School of Human Evolution and Social Change
    Arizona State University

  • 2015-2019 Assistant Professor

    School of Human Evolution and Social Change
    Arizona State University

  • 2018-present Director

    Center for Archaeology and Society
    Arizona State University

cyberSW
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CyberSW: A synthetic database and knowledge discovery/analysis platform focused on the archaeology of the U.S. Southwest and Mexican Northwest has launched!

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Recent Publications

The persistence of ancient settlements and urban sustainability

(2021) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118(20):e2018155118.
Michel E. Smith, José Lobo, Matthew A. Peeples, Abigail M. York, Benjamin W. Stanley, Katherine A. Crawford, Nicolas Gauthier, Angela C. Huster
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Human food use increases plant geographical ranges in the Sonoran Desert

(2021) Global Ecology and Biogeography. Online Early Access, DOI: 10.1111/geb.13311
Carolyn Flower, Wendy C. Hodgson, Andrew M. Salywon, Brian S. Maitner, Brian J. Enquist, Matthew A. Peeples, and Benjamin Blonder.
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Assessing the Performance of the Bootstrap in Simulated Assemblage Networks

(2021) Social Networks 65:98-109.
John M. Roberts Jr., Yi Yin, Emily Dorshorst, Matthew A. Peeples, Barbara J. Mills
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