Assistant Professor of Anthropology
New World Complex Societies
Great Basin and Montane Foragers & Semi-Sedentary Farmers
B.A. in Anthropology, Ft. Lewis College, Durango, CO, 1986
M.A. in Anthropology, Penn State University, 1995
Ph.D. in Anthropology, Penn State University, 1999
Bradford W. Andrews is an anthropological archaeologist with Mesoamerican and North American research interests. He received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1999. As an anthropological archaeologist, his specific research interests include the comparative investigation of societal complexity, political economy, craft production, migration, and cultural ecology. His primary methodological specialty is the study of flaked stone tool production; this approach provides a useful means for reconstructing ancient economic systems, which provide a basis for making inferences about other aspects of society including social organization and ideology. He has published an edited volume with Kenneth Hirth (Pathways to Prismatic Blades) and contributed various chapters to other edited volumes on his research relating to Mesoamerican blade production. He has also published peer-reviewed journal articles on the prehistory of peoples who lived in Colorado, Utah, and Pennsylvania, and an article on reconstructing the pre-Hispanic population at the Mayan site of Sayil on the Yucatan Peninsula.