Monica L. Smith
Monica Smith is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She will be a Research Fellow at the Bard Graduate Center from March through June 2014. Smith graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Classical Civilization from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received an M.A. in Archaeology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. She has directed numerous archaeological projects in India and Bangladesh and is currently co-director of the Talapada excavations in India. Smith has published extensively on urbanism, economic networks, consumption and material culture, anthropology of food, and comparative historical archaeology in south Asia, the Mediterranean, and the southwestern United States. Her book-length publications include A Prehistory of Ordinary People (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2010); Excavations at Sisupalgarh, Orissa, co-author, Rabindra Kumar Mohanty (New Delhi: Indian Archaeological Society, 2008); The Social Construction of Ancient Cities (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2003, editor); The Historic Period at Bandelier National Monument (Santa Fe: National Park Service, Department of the Interior, 2002); and The Archaeology of an Early Historic Town in Central India (British Archaeological Reports International Series 1002; Oxford: Archaeopress, 2001).  While in residence at the BGC, Smith will work on a project about the use of material culture in ancient cities, with a particular emphasis on terracotta ornaments and other artifacts from the Indian subcontinent.

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